Winter, summer no matter what. Can not get enough of Klara Bothén’s mittens.
“Mittens, hand knitted from wool that my mother and grandmother dyed with forest plants and herbs back in 1982. The different names of the colours is the plant or herb that was used for the dyeing.”
I first met Susanna Lundgren aka Susi Lou when shooting this post. Susanna sure is a creative lady. Working with all sorts of creative things. Crafts, photography, music, sewing, graphic design.. Yesterday I met up with her at the nature reserve Delsjön to watch her in action. As you can see she is a master of needle felting as well.
- I just have to be creative all the time because that is what fills my everyday life and the meaning with my life. I’m doing so many different things that it’s hard to choose which way to go. The dircetion comes in phases though. At the moment I’m in a crafting- photography- and sewing period, the music and the touring life is on hold at the moment. My hands are my eyes, I just need to create constantly. I studied music and graphic design but the urge to work with three dimensional forms has always been appealing to me. I will never stop create. I constantly evolving, and I like it. There is nothing better than to create a picture in your head and then turn that image into reality.
- Needle felting is great because it’s almost like working with clay, only it is much more easy to control. You can continue shaping until you get what you want. The more you felt the wool, the harder packed the material will get. That part is what is difficult actually – to stop in time. Because if you work the material too much, it will become lifeless and dull. Wool is a living material. Even if you can keep up with a figure for hours and work with the details for ever there is a limit. You have to know when to quit.
- Needle felting is so much fun. It may look complicated but anyone can do it! Sometimes when I hold workshops I meet people who belive that they are not able to, and then when they try they make something amazing the first thing they do.
Be prepared that you will have bleeding fingers during the process though. On my workshops you can hear a chorus of “ouch, shit, aooo..” all the time ;) But it’s worth it!
My tip is to start work with a little oval ball, then wrap wool around it, and tangle all over while you roll the ball in your hands. Also, it’s importat to believe in yourself!
Susanna will soon open her own Etsy shop. She also makes needle felting on demand. I might hire her to make a mini RUT further on (the little one is coming tomorrow). See Susanna‘s contact details at the bottom of this page
How to felt
Swedish Kristine Thenman‘s work is subtle and humorous. An overarching theme in her work is nature. Nature as seen from different perspectives.
Will you pass by Stockholm in January? In that case take the chance to visit Kristine’s upcoming exhibition ”Tid och otid” (12 jan – 30 jan 2013) at Konsthantverkarna.
I like the rug “Middle of Nowhere“ by the design duo Bernadotte & Kylberg – (Sweden’s Prince) Carl Philip and Oscar Kylberg. The rug is made of pieces of old parachutes from the Swedish Armed Force and parachute clubs. Will be sold at Contemporary/Bukowskis, November 15, 2012 with the benefit donated to Childhood Foundation.
Hope to be able to meet my creative friend Barbara Berrada some day. Say hello to Barbara’s latest creation Rosa Moon, who’s living in a cup and saucer from Anna‘s and my porcelain collection.
Australian Mr Kitly has the greatest range. Always trendy, stylish and unique. And on top of that I love the raw photos of their products. I would buy the book if the would made one, Mr Kitly products. Teapot, Teaset, Potholders
More favorites Smalltown hanger, Barefoot bag and Misaki Kawai: Blueberry Express.
It’s friday, we are going to Skåne to a baptism. And we are getting a new wallpaper. Talk soon!
I do have a husband. But I’m a little in love with Andrew Groves. At least in his lifestyle and makings. Blogged about him before. I just got a mail about a new video documenting how Andrew’s products are made: Modern Day Artisans – Misc Adventures.
Lives in a small barn, and makes objects of wood and natural materials.
“A lot of the objects I make is not necessary about the end object, it’s about the process of making it.”
Above, Jill Johansson.
Even though we have stormy weather (heavy rain and strong winds) here in Gothenburg at the moment, a lot of people attended the market yesterday. Julform has started. Two more days to go!
Above Anna Pernilla’s work (in the dress Cissi).
1.Tina Frausin 2. Jill Johansson + Camilla Engdahl 3. Klara Bothén
4. Lisa Leierth 5. Lisa Vilhemson 6. Wenche Design
7. Camilla Engdahl 8. Wenche Design
Works by Cilla Ramnek.
Imagne how many hours of work. The variety of materials, thumbtacks, fabric samples, paper strips, pot holders, crochets… quirky, all handmade and far from perfect, love.
Karin, a postmodern granny square blanket. Found through Kyile.
A couple of more days of work before the vacation starts. Went to see the pattern artist Cilla Ramnek’s exhibition today, togheter with my colleague from KHVC. Amazing work, inspiring indeed. More in the next post. Now, good night.
Some from Ikea, made by Cilla.