fredag 21 februari 2014

More gems from the archive

Even though I spend a lot of my time in the archives at Alice Lund Textilier, I can still find new treasures that I haven't seen before. The material is so vast, it stretches over nine decades (!) and a lot of different artists are represented. This week I looked at the material from an artist that I haven't had the opportunity to explore before. It is the textile artist Vera Danielsson, who was employed by Sofia Widén from 1954-1956. I actually do not know so much about her (yet...) but her designs speak for them selves. She made designs for printed textiles as well as designs for rugs. Her artistic expression feels playful and sometimes inspired by foreign cultures. Here are some examples that I found in the last few days.

Vera Danielsson "Kvitter" design for a wallhanging in applique technique
Sofia Widén Textilier 1954
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Vera Danielsson "Roses" design for printed fabric, Sofia Widén Textilier
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Vera Danielsson "Roses" design for printed fabric, Sofia Widén Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Vera Danielsson, printed fabric "India" Sofia Widén Textilier
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Vera Danielsson design for rug (rya), Sofia Widén Textilier
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Vera Danielsson design for rug (rya), Sofia Widén Textilier
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tisdag 18 februari 2014

Strålknippen

Only five weeks left of my research project about Sofia Widén's printed fabrics, so I spend most of my days either at the library in Stockholm or in the archives at Alice Lund Textilier in Borlänge. It has been very interesting to learn more about Widéns printed fabrics from 1950s. One pattern is a bit special compared to the others. It is designed to be a chasuble (mässhake in Swedish). The use of printed fabrics in church textiles actually has a long history, there are examples from the Middle Ages, however the custom has almost disappeared. This example by Sofia Widén was made for an exhibition at Röhsska Museet 1952 and other than that there are no records of its whereabouts in the archives. In the archives there is other information though - a photograph, samples of the fabric (it was printed in green on linnen) and the sketch. The chasuble is called "Strålknippen" ("ray beams") and the pattern really is beaming out from the middle of the cross. I wonder where the chasuble is today?

Printed chasuble "Strålknippen" by Sofia Widén 1952
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Sketch of printed chasuble "Strålknippen" by Sofia Widén 1952
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Fabric samples of printed chasuble "Strålknippen" by Sofia Widén 1952
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

onsdag 12 februari 2014

Weaving and calculating

Ebba and Malin have now started weaving the rug. It always takes a bit of time in the beginning when you have to do the first inlays and test out the amount of yarn and how tight to pack it. This is to get just the right quality of the rug. Unlike a tapestry weave you do not have a sketch underneath the warp. Instead the rug design is drawn out on a checkered paper, where every square is two warp threads and four inlays. From that drawing, the weavers can figure out how to progress in the loom. So this technique requires both weaving skills and math skills!

Weaving a röllakan rug at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Weaving a röllakan rug at Alice Lund Textilier
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torsdag 6 februari 2014

New beginnings

The big loom didn't get much rest after Passing Fall was taken out of the loom. Now it is waiting for a new project to start on Monday, the making of a flat weave rug, or "röllakan" as we say in Sweden. The rug is designed by Folke Heybroek and will be 2,20m x 3,00m. So hopefully more pictures on the blog soon!

The loom ready for the next project
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The sample weave and all of the colors that will go in the rug
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