fredag 19 december 2014

Merry christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you weavers and textile lovers out there! I will be on holiday for a few weeks but we'll meet again in January of 2015.


Helena Hernmarck's "Winter" woven at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

tisdag 16 december 2014

Borlänge Cultural prize to weaving

Today Ebba Bergström, weaver at Alice Lund Textilier received Borlänge Municipality's cultural prize together with two other weaving enthusiasts Siv Emanuelsson and Mona Magnusson. It was a wonderful ceremony and three very proud prize winners!


Ebba Bergström, Mona Magnusson och Siv Emanuelsson tar emot Borlänge kulturpris 2014
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

tisdag 2 december 2014

Föredrag på Galleri Yamanashi

Välkomna på föredrag om Alice Lund Textilier på torsdag den 4e december kl 18.00!

"Alice Lund Textilier – en handvävningsateljé i samtiden"
Frida Lindberg, ägare av Alice Lund Textilier, berättar om ateljéns historia och nutid. Ateljén startade 1936 och har sedan dess arbetat med inredningstextilier, textil konst och kyrkliga textilier.
Föredraget är utan kostnad och utan föranmälan. 


(I'm giving a talk about Alice Lund Textilier in Stockholm on Thursday, welcome!) 

 

tisdag 25 november 2014

Congratulations Ebba!

Congratulations to Alice Lund Textilier's weaver Ebba Bergstrom who has won Borlänge Municipality's Culture Prize 2014! This year Borlänge has raised awareness of hand-weaving by giving the prize to three weavers active in the community. We are so proud of Ebba and happy that the municipality understand the importance of this often tacit knowledge. Here is an article about this year's prize.

Ebba weaving at the exhibition "Låt oss gå in för mattor".
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB






fredag 21 november 2014

Adventsfika

Välkomna på adventsfika på Alice Lund Textiliers ateljé tisdag den 2 december kl 16.00!

Welcome to Alice Lund Textilier Tuesday December 2nd at 16.00 for coffe and treats celebrating that Christmas is getting closer!


tisdag 18 november 2014

Exhibition: Wålstedts - treasure of Sweden

There is another interesting exhibition going on right now. Wålstedts have an exhibition in Stockholm at a new gallery in the old town, Galleri Yamanashi. Besides selling their wonderful yarns you can also see work from textile artists and craftsmen who work with Wåstedts yarns. For example there is a Helena Hernmarck tapestry on show. During the exhibition there will be different workshops and seminars, more information here. I will be talking about Alice Lund Textilier on December 4th, I hope to see you there!

Helena Hernmarck's "Tulip Pair" at Galleri Yamanashi.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Wålstedts exhibition at galleri Yamanashi
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Wålstedts exhibition at galleri Yamanashi
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Wålstedts exhibition at galleri Yamanashi
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

tisdag 11 november 2014

Vernissage; "Låt oss gå in för mattor"

This Saturday we had the opening of Alice Lund Textilier's exhibition "Låt oss gå in för mattor" about the studio's rugs. Here is an article about the exhibition from a local newspaper. Pär, who had helped me with photographing for the exhibition was kind enough to take some photos from Saturday's events. So if you don't have the possibility to see the show here is a sneak-peek.

Utställningen "Låt oss gå in för mattor", Konsthallen Borlänge bibliotek
Foto: Pär K Olsson


Utställningen "Låt oss gå in för mattor", Konsthallen Borlänge bibliotek
Foto: Pär K Olsson

Utställningen "Låt oss gå in för mattor", Konsthallen Borlänge bibliotek
Foto: Pär K Olsson

Utställningen "Låt oss gå in för mattor", Konsthallen Borlänge bibliotek
Foto: Pär K Olsson

Utställningen "Låt oss gå in för mattor", Konsthallen Borlänge bibliotek
Foto: Pär K Olsson
Utställningen "Låt oss gå in för mattor", Konsthallen Borlänge bibliotek
Foto: Pär K Olsson

Utställningen "Låt oss gå in för mattor", Konsthallen Borlänge bibliotek
Foto: Pär K Olsson

Utställningen "Låt oss gå in för mattor", Konsthallen Borlänge bibliotek
Foto: Pär K Olsson

tisdag 4 november 2014

Waiting for Saturday

The preparations for the exhibition opening on Saturday is well under way. All of these rugs are just waiting to be rolled out. Only a few days left!


Rugs at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

torsdag 30 oktober 2014

Thinking about rugs

Since our exhibition about Alice Lund Textilier's rugs is opening in a week I have been thinking a lot about rugs. And most of all the amazing treasure of patterns that we have in our archive. It seems I am not alone in taking an interest in Scandinavian rugs. A couple of weeks ago Bukowskis had their modern auction. There was a lot of interesting Swedish rugs being sold, primarely from Märta Måås Fjetterström but also from Agda Österberg and Sigvar Bernadotte. The interest from the collector's was high and most of the rugs went for double or triple the estimated price. It is great to see that the interest for high quality rugs is growing. That means that these artworks will be appreciated and taken care of for many more years. Here are some examples from the auction. You can see all of the rugs here.

Rug "Wahlund" by Agda Österberg 1958
Photo: www.bukowskis.com
Rug "Blåbär, mörk" by Barbro Nilsson for ABMMF
Photo: www.bukowskis.com

Rug "Salerno blå" by Barbro Nilsson for ABMMF
Photo: www.bukowskis.com

fredag 24 oktober 2014

"Låt oss gå in för mattor"

Välkomna till utställningen "Låt oss gå in för mattor" på Konsthallen på Borlänge bibliotek! Utställningen handlar om Alice Lund Textiliers vackra mattor, både i nutid och dåtid. Varmt välkomna!

Welcome to an exhibition about Alice Lund Textilier's rugs at Borlänge library!


måndag 13 oktober 2014

Exhibition: "Taktil Historia"

Last week I visited Almgrens Sidenväveri, an old silk mill in central Stockholm. Today Almgrens is a museum but they also have some of the old jacquard looms going. The weaver Sonja is doing an important cultural contribution in exploring and maintaining the knowledge of how these looms can be used. It is always a treat to talk to her, so if you visit the museum make sure to ask her about the weaving.

I've written about this place several times before - besides being an interesting environment with the old silk mill they also have collaborations with contemporary textile artists. Plus I've worked there as a guide during my studies which makes my relationship with the museum even more special. 

Right now they have an exhibition in collaboration with FAS, Fiber Art Sweden, a group of Swedish textile artists. The exhibition is called "Taktil Historia" (Tactile History) and is the first exhibition in a three year long collaboration between FAS and Almgrens exploring silk in our time. It was a very interesting exhibition and I look forward to follow this project in the coming years.

Here are my favorites from the exhibition;

Maria Hägglund
Maria Hägglund "Minne" på Almgrens Sidenväveri
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

 Carina Gardefjord
Carina Gardefjord "Det sitter i väggarna" på Almgrens Sidenväveri
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

And of course Sonja's jacquard loom...
Almgrens Sidenväveri
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

fredag 3 oktober 2014

In the loom: Reconstruction

We have several projects going on in the studio right now. Recently I posted some pictures of a rosepath rug that we are making. Here is a glimpse from another project in the loom, a reconstruction of a tapestry to a church in Stockholm. The original has unfortunately been destroyed and we are making a replica. After the cloth is woven it is going to get some rough handling. The artist will use ausbrenner-technique to make a pattern. That means that chemicals will be printed on the surface which removes some of the threads making a transparent pattern.

Our rainbow of wool yarns feels a bit left out with only white in the loom...

Working in the loom at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

tisdag 23 september 2014

VÄV2014

What a wonderful week in Umeå! Thousends of weavers and a lot of positive energy. I talked so much that I forgot to take pictures but here is where we spent most of our time, at Alice Lund Textilier's booth. We brought a Helena Hernmarck tapestry "Tulip Pair" that got a lot of attention. Many weavers had their noses in the weave to analyze the technique and yarns...  A big thank you to Ebba, Inger and Evy who helped spread the word about Alice Lund Textilier to people from all over the world.


Alice Lund Textilier's booth at VÄV2014 in Umeå
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

torsdag 11 september 2014

Tulips in Umeå

Welcome to visit Alice Lund Textilier's booth at Väv2014 in Umeå next week! We will, amongst other things, bring a small tapestry "Two Tulips" by Helena Hernmarck. So if you are interested in the Hernmarck-technique or want to know more about our work at Alice Lund Textilier, we will be there throughout the whole weaving fair. I am sure it will be wonderful days filled with hand-weaving, yarns and textile art.

Here are two other beautiful tulip tapestries by Helena Hernmarck, woven at Alice Lund Textilier in 2004.

Helena Hernmarck's "Spring Tulips" 2004, woven at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Andrew de Lory

Helena Hernmarck's "Seven Tulips", 2004 woven at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Helena Hernmarck's "Seven Tulips", 2004 woven at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

fredag 5 september 2014

In the loom: Lundmattan

In the loom: a wonderful rosepath rug "Lundmattan", design by Alice Lund.

Wonderful yarns for a rosepath rug
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Alice Lund's "Lundmattan", a rosepath rug in wool
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

måndag 1 september 2014

Gold, gold, gold

It isn't just sketches, photographs and samples that has survived over the years at the studio. We also have a lot of materials and tools left - some we still use today. Here are some samples of our selection of gold threads and ribbons. Often used in the production of church textiles.

Gold, gold, gold at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

onsdag 27 augusti 2014

From the archives: Chasubles

The research project I just started focuses on Sofia Widén's chasubles (mässhakar) from 1952-1961. The first thing I am doing is an inventory of all of the chasubles made according to the order books from that time. This information I can most of the time match with a photography, an original sketch and samples of all of the materials used in the process of making it. Quite amazing that so much has been saved all these years! Here is what it can look like.

Information from the archives of a chasuble by Sofia Widén
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
And another example, a green chasuble for Gryts church in Stjärnhov from 1953.The chasuble was made by a silk damask fabric called "Småkors" (Small Crosses) also designed by Sofia Widén.

The order book of Sofia Widén Textilier April 1952-Dec 1953
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Design for a green chasuble to Gryts church by Sofia Widén
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Photograph of a green chasuble to Gryts church by Sofia Widén
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Samples of the materials used for a chasuble to Gryts church
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB


onsdag 20 augusti 2014

Back to work...

After a long vacation we have opened the studio again. This summer has been great, nice weather and I've had several weeks off. That makes it even more fun to get back to work - rested and ready for everything this fall has to bring. At it is quite a lot... For instance there will be a big hand weaving fair in Umeå in September, VÄV2014. And in November Alice Lund Textilier will have an exhibition on rugs in Borlänge Biblioteks Konsthall. And of course there is some interesting things going on in the looms as well... Right now we are making a sample weave, trying out the right colours for a flatweave rug designed by Alice Lund. We will start the weaving on that later this fall. Here is the sample in the loom;

Sample weaving at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

onsdag 25 juni 2014

Summer vacation

This year I am going to spend most of my vacation in our house in Dalarna. Hopefully it will be some long, sunny weeks and will try to do as little as possible. That means it will probably be a bit more quite here on the blog than usual. But I will be back in August again, with some new energy and new thoughts on hand weaving and textile art.

Our house in Dalarna, an old missionary church
Photo: Frida Lindberg

fredag 13 juni 2014

Collaboration

This year a weaving student, Ikumi, from Sätergläntan has had the opportunity to do a project in collaboration with Alice Lund Textilier. In the archives at the studio there is a lot of wonderful original designs from the textile artist Alice Lund. Ikumi's task was to choose one of a selection of rug designs by Alice Lund. Then she was to make an interpretation of the design and weave a flat weave rug. It was not an easy task to take on! There were several technical challenges with the pattern as well as the interpretation of the colors. This is the beautiful result. Thank you Ikumi for your work! 

Ikumi with the flat weave rug inspired by an Alice Lund design.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
And this is the original design by Alice Lund.

Design for rug by Alice Lund, Alice Lund Textilier AB
Copyright: Alice Lund Textilier AB

torsdag 5 juni 2014

A glimpse from the loom

Here is a glimpse from the loom right now; a beautiful, mild rosepath rug called "Lundmattan".

In the loom: rosepath rug "Lundmattan" by Alice Lund
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

torsdag 29 maj 2014

Exhibition: Konstfack 2014

The season for graduation exhibitions is here. This year I didn't have time to go to all of them, but at least I've been to see Konstfack's and Handarbetets Vänner's exhibitions. Here are some of my favorites from Konstfack's textile students. I was very happy to see that several of the students have chosen handweaving as a medium of expression this year. And even tapestry! It makes me very happy as I have not seen many students working and exploring the more traditional techniques for some while. Here are my top three and their own explanations to their work;

Hannah Waldron The Coral Sea

"Across time and place, people have been telling stories through weaving.
My Master’s project, an intricate weaving based on the poem The Coral Sea by Patti Smith, is a tapestry for the present. My design celebrates Smith’s luminous crafting of words to convey the physical world and aims to translate the tactile qualities of the poem into the tactile medium of weaving.
I believe that there is a need now in contemporary society for greater material knowledge. My work aims to put value into making and investigates weaving as a way to explore the material world imaginatively."

Tapestry "The Coral Sea" by Hannah Waldron, Konstfack 2014
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Tapestry "The Coral Sea" by Hannah Waldron, Konstfack 2014
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Tapestry "The Coral Sea" by Hannah Waldron, Konstfack 2014
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Anneli Tegelberg "Do your practice and all is coming." - vikten av intuitivt praktiskt arbete*
"There is a constant dialogue between my hands and the material. By focusing on working practically with the craft, I keep expanding my knowledge in order to thereafter being able to challenge the material and the technique.
In this project I have examined the importance of intuitive craftsmanship, and furthermore, how it may be expressed in an industrial process. Is the result always predetermined and unchanging in an industrial production, or can i introduce risk as a factor to create unique objects?
My pieces result from the balance between control and risk.
*Sri K. Pattabhi Joi"

Rugs by Anneli Tegelberg, Konstfack 2014
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Matilda Dominique

It begins with one thread. As the yarns intersect, a woven universe takes form, one that gives the material its visual, tactile and functional uniqueness.
In this work, I delve deep into my own understanding of the woven structure. At the moment of weaving, my entire body is in close encounter with the material. I see each thread as an individual particle in collaboration with many of the same, holding up the architecture of the weave. My eyes grasp each thread as it passes through the structure, slowly shaping the pattern. Simultaneously, my hands perceive tactile information of the fiber and construction qualities. By following the threads, their color and structure changes on a more intimate level and I’m invited to a deeper understanding of the very core of the weave.

Tapestries by Matilda Dominique, Konstfack 2014
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Tapestries by Matilda Dominique, Konstfack 2014
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

fredag 23 maj 2014

A quest for handwoven rugs

This fall Alice Lund Textilier will have an exhibition about rugs at Borlänge library. Since the atelier was founded in the 1930s beautiful handwoven rugs have been made in the looms. Now we are searching for some of these old treasures. It would be very interesting to know more about Alice Lund Textilier's past when it comes to rugs (and other textiles as well). Here you can read more about our quest in Borlänge Tidning. And here you can read more about what signatures to look for when searching for an Alice Lund rug.

Alice Lund Textilier in Borlänge Tidning 21/5 2014