The last couple of months we’ve (Fine Little Day) been working together with Stiftelsen Skånsk Hemslöjd and and Östra Skånes Hemslöjdsförening in a project called #handicraftarchives where we’ve been digging into their amazing archives / collections of handicraft objects. Also to be found digitized online at Digitalmuseum.
A lot of folkart handicraft materials are locked away in drawers, libraries, and journals which not always are easy to access. During the 1900s, Swedish handicraft associations built up unique collections of objects. These items are cataloged and digitized of make the materia available for a wider audience (everyone!) at Digitalmuseum I love the possibility to looking back in history using social networks to reconnect with long forgotten treasures and traditions, some at risk of disappearing altogether.
In this phase of the project we are connecting with local craftsman who will handicraft the designs which is made with inspiration from the #handicraftarchives
Yesterday I went to Simrishamn to meet this talented lady, Kristina Bourghardt Hattenbach, who is in the process of weaving one of the pieces, which will be displayed at the exhibition “Väva Spis” (Weave a stove). Vernissage at Hemslöjden i Skåne in Landskrona 20 May, 2017.
If you are a sucker for fences you might want to visit Svenska Gärdsgårdar and follow their Instagram account. Magical.
The traditional Swedish round pole fence, Gärdesgård/Gärdsgård is built with natural materials from locally grown timber, using sustainable methods:
“These traditional fences almost disappared from the landscape during the 20th century but somehow the handicraft managed to survive, and now its steadily getting more popular again. Svenska gärdsgårdar builds fences in the traditional style and stay true to the old fashion way of building, only using wood throughout the whole construction, which gives you a environmental friendly fence without a single nail in it! A well built gärdsgård fence is beautiful to look at, and stands for many years, aging with grace.”
Some pics from today’s workshop with two amazing ladies from Mimmi Staaf Möbelmakeri & Betongruvan! For more workshops with these two, check out Hantverka.
The most good looking street electrical cabinet you’ll find outside Svensk Hemslöjd’s shop in Stockholm. Worth a visit indoors as well.
Looking forward to November when Mimmi Staaf Möbelmakeri & Betongruvan will come to us and hold a macramé workshop here in Gothenburg! And I will be talking about the Fine Little Day book.
I november kommer Mimmi Staaf Möbelmakeri & Betongruvan till oss för att hålla workshop! Jag kommer att berätta lite om boken (som ingår i priset) och tillsammans knyter vi amplar i makramé, kul va?!
Hitta mer info och boka här.
22–23 november, 2014. Klockan 10.00-13.00
Fine Little Day, Allmänna Vägen 13, Göteborg
Åsa Wettre not only writes books, her artistry extends widely. I had the luxury to browse thick binders with documentation of her art the other day. Unfortunatley I have no paintings to show you, but I can tell you that they are great. Much like a Swedish Grandma Moses. I do have the pleasure to show you some of her old textile works though. Like the weave above and the handmade textile printings below.
Close up: “The blue family”.
The chest is not Åsa’s work but had to be shown anyway.
As I wrote in the last post, textile artist Åsa Wettre has recently launch a new book about old Swedish quilts Spår av liv (Traces of life). A treasure really. It was so great to get a glimpse of some of them in real life. Several of the them was as striking on the backside as on the front.
There is no doubt that Åsa Wettre has always loved textiles. As a child she went to fabric stores with her mother to feel and look. Becoming a textile artist seems to have been a natural choice. In her book Spår av liv (Traces of life) Åsa let us know as much as possible about the quilts, about the people and stories around them. Most of the quilts in the book are sewn sometime between the late 1800s and up until the 1930s. Around one hundred quilts are included in the new book, but it could have been considerably higher. Åsa’s first book, Gamla svenska lapptäcken (Old Swedish Quilts) came about 20 years ago. She has also filled Liljevalch‘s all twelve halls with quilts.
Had the honour to met up with Swedish textile artist and author Åsa Wettre the other day. And what a meeting! This lady is creativity personified.
As some of you might know I have a thing for patchwork and as Åsa’s quilt collection is magnificent the meeting was close to dreamlike. In this post and the two coming I’ll give you a little glimpse of what I got to see. Some more quilts are coming up + some of Åsa’s textile designs from the 70′s.
Åsa Wettre’s book Spår av liv (Traces of life) about quilts and their history, was launched last year by publisher Kabusa.
Except for the variation of wonderful quilts, we get to know the stories and destinies that we rarely hear about in the book. About the creators of the arts and crafts. This is Åsa’s second book about Swedish quilts, and I don’t think it would be an understatement to say that Åsa is something of an quilt expert. Since 1989 she has traveled all over the world (over 40 museums and art galleries in Sweden and abroad) with her exhibition Quilts – a cultural treasure.
Other books by Åsa Wettre:
Det Blå (together with Håkan Wettre), 2006.
Gamla svenska lapptäcken (Old Swedish Quilts), 1993, translated into English in 1995.
Änglaboken (together with Håkan Wettre), 1996.
Look at the variations in these amazing buttons. All hand carved and hand painted by artist Sarah Fulton, Fulton & Co.