måndag 28 oktober 2013

Re Rag Rug

I went to an exhibition about rugs last week at Färgfabriken in Stockholm. It was a presentation of an one-year project "Re Rag Rug" by Katarina Evans and Katarina Brieditis. An interesting project to highlight the rag rug as well as how we can be more cautious with our resources.  One can follow their process on their blog. Here is how they explain the project;

Re Rag Rug is an experimental and innovative design project which started in August 2012 and runs during one year. The result will be shown in an exhibition at Färgfabriken in October 2013.
Our ambition is to develop one unique rag rug per month. We intend to give the rag rug a new face by using different types of rags in combination with a variety of sewing, platting, crocheting, knitting, macramé, rolling, cutting, applique, embroidery, structure- and relief effects, three dimensionality, colour- and dye techniques but also experimenting with scales.

The material used is considered worthless: T-shirts and woollen sweaters from the Salvation Army's chain of second hand stores, Myrorna. The material donated to us is the waste that can not be sold or donated to charity i.e. the sweaters are already too worn, ripped or in the case of wool sweaters, already shrunk.

All over the world rugs protect from cold floors and draft, they have a major impact on the acoustics of a room. They gather groups of furnitures in a space, create a room in the room and serve as an eastetic element to a room. Rugs should withstand to be stood, walked and crawled upon and they are important bearers of culture for many people.

Our work will be in a free and experimental manner. A large number of textile techniques and materials will have to be tested before they can take the form of unique products and the design aspect is very important. The rugs should have a high artistic value, the fact that they are made out of re-cycled materials is a bonus.

T-shirts and sweaters are products that are mass produced for global consumption. All over the world we all buy them, use them and waste them. If we can find new ways of using and refining materials, this waste becomes a resource.

In essence the goal of the Re Rag Rug project is to find interesting techniques suitable for unique hand made pieces as well as for sustainable industrial production.

This project is supported by the Swedish Art Grants Commitee, Konstnärsnämnden

Re Rag Rug: Rosengång
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Re Rag Rug 5: Vintergatan
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Re Rag Rug 7: Aquarelle
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

1 kommentar:

  1. Det är det jag säger: Livlig fantasi och obegränsat med tid, då kan man göra vad som helst!!
    Härlig rosengångsmatta,
    hälsar Inger