torsdag 27 september 2012

In memoriam: Elisabeth Hasselberg Olsson

One of Sweden's great textile artists, Elisabeth Hasselberg Olsson, has passed away. She was an autodidact textile artist who was known for her meditative and tranquil tapestries. Her most famous tapestry is "Minnet av ett landskap" ("The memory of a landscape") which hangs in the parliament.

Elisabeth Hasselberg Olsson "Minnet av ett landskap", Riksdagens plenisal
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Alice Lund Textilier has woven one of her tapestries. It hangs in Sky City, at Arlanda airport outside of Stockholm. It is a beautiful tapestry - even though someone has done their best in covering it with bad lighting and tons of furniture.

Tapestry by Elisabeth Hasselberg Olsson at Arlanda Airport, woven at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Helena Hernmarck

Tapestry by Elisabeth Hasselberg Olsson at Arlanda Airport, woven at Alice Lund Textilier
Photo: Helena Hernmarck

onsdag 26 september 2012

Wonderful yarns...

Here are some pictures from our visit to Wålstedts. I've been there countless times now but I am always as amazed by what they do...

Wålstedts wool yarn "Vålbergsgarn" - perfect for knitting
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
 Fourth generation Wålstedts, Sonia Bush, explains how they help us and Helena dye yarns.
Fourth generation Wålstedts, Sonia Bush, explaines how they help us and Helena dye yarns
Photo: Birgitta Jönsson
 All of the wool is hand sorted into quality and type. Almost all of the wool is from Swedish sheep.
Sorting of the different wools
Photo: Birgitta Jönsson
Pictures from the production.
Details from the mill
Photo: Birgitta Jönsson

Details from the mill
Photo: Birgitta Jönsson

Details from the mill
Photo: Birgitta Jönsson
 Need I say more...
Is this heaven perhaps? No, just Wålstedts!
After two amazing but intense weeks on can need a bit of relaxation. Luckily I bought some yarn at Wålstedts that made my weekend. The colour is called "Brick" and the knitting technique I am using I learnt at Wålstedts last year.

Vålbergsgarn "Nytegel", from Wålstedts
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB


onsdag 19 september 2012

Eggs in every angle

Some of the participants have been very productive and have finished one weave already and are now working on a new design. Here are some of the results;

Weaves from the course "Shadow to light"
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
We've also talked about the importance of good materials. Tomorrow we'll go to Wålstedts and see how they make their fabulous yarns, so more on that later on. This is how many colors Wålstedts can dye for one of Helenas weaves.

Yarn samples dyed for Helena Hernmarck's Tabula Rasa Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
Most importantly the work continue in the looms...

Annika Söderström weaving an egg design
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Annika Söderström weaving an egg design
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

torsdag 13 september 2012

In the loom

Busy days - now the weavers finished their first attempt at the technique. First an exercise of capturing a color painted on paper in the loom. Secondly weaving a gradation from dark to light. Now they've started on their design of an egg.

The participants first task; trying to interpret a painted color in to weave and a gradation from shadow to light.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Berit Lundqvist is weaving a broken egg shell.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

 We also had the opportunity to listen to Helena at Fornby Folkhögskola, where she gave a talk about how to create monumental textile art. Very interesting!
Helena Hernmarck giving a talk at Fornby Folkhögskola
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
Lis Korsgren, a member of Team Hernmarck, came to visit. She was kind enough to show us how one can twine the linnen warp with a spinning wheel. 
Lis Korsgren, a member of Team Hernmarck, showing how to twine the warp of several 16/2 linnen threads.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

Lis Korsgren, a member of Team Hernmarck, showing how to twine the warp of several 16/2 linnen threads.
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB


tisdag 11 september 2012

Learning how to mix the yarns...

Today Helena showed how she mixes the yarns.
Helena Hernmarck showing how to make a beautiful color combination
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
Ingrid's sketch in beautiful colors of pink and greens. The design theme of the course is egg. All of the participants have made their interpretation and composition.
Helena Hernmarck showing how to make a beautiful color combination
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
 Helena is showing how to mix the yarns.
Helena Hernmarck showing how to make a beautiful color combination
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
Ingrid in the loom getting started.
Ingrid Moldin by the loom
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB


Shadow to Light...

Yesterday was the first day of the weaving course "Shadow to Light" with Helena Hernmarck. It was an intense and exciting day with the participants as they started to work with their designs and got settled in the looms. Here is what the studio looked like before they arrived.

Alice Lund Textilier's studio
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
 One can pick their favorite handwoven carpet sample to sit on. The samples can be as old as 60 years and they are a part of Alice Lund Textilier's archives. Their strength and sustainability is well tested by us and the visitors of the studio.
Alice Lund Textilier's studio
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
 Here are some of the yarns that the participants can use if they want to.
Alice Lund Textilier's studio
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
 And here are some more...
Alice Lund Textilier's studio
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
 Not a bad view from the loom...
Alice Lund Textilier's studio
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
And here Helena is giving an introduction to her technique. Now we have two weeks to dive into wools and warp to try and understand the mystery of shadow to light.

Alice Lund Textilier's studio
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB