Annie Johansson’s artistic practice is concerned with finding the decisive moment when the materiality of the objects she creates reverberates within the body of the viewer, where the observation and contemplation of the art, congers a bodily experience. Johansson works intuitively, step by step, creating collaboration between her body and the material until the material has become its own body - an object. She works in dialogue with the nature of the material; how it behaves under the laws of gravity, how the room and the effects of light influence it. It is about the intimacy of textiles and how they convey a sense of humanity and physicality. She is in search for that which allows for an awareness of one’s body and one’s inner. Working with silk, wool and nylon, tufting is an important technique in Johansson’s work, born out of her longing to create in a more physical and hands-on way. A longing that is also about working in a large format and encountering something bigger than one’s own body, a thought that textiles can be intimate while being monumental.Read more
Fiberspace is a gallery showcasing unique pieces and limited editions of fabulous fiber art and design.
Gunilla “Nillan” Holmgren is a colourist and a visual artist who uses both painting and tapestry weaving as her medium. She gets her ideas from nature, the sea and the sky. Observing the shift in colours from light to dark, all year around, Holmgren finds inspiration for her unique colour palette.
Before she starts weaving, she first paints a sketch in tempera. Then she hand-dyes wool and linen yarns in a pot, producing many different colours. In the weaving process, Holmgren mixes many hundreds of nuances in a single weave, using up to five colours in each yarn thread, changing the colours often so as to achieve the rich and variegated expression she strives for. In this way Holmgren manages to capture the abstract and shifting light in nature.
Portrait photographer: Bengt-Arne Ignell
Art photographers: Jenny Thörnberg and Erik Roxfelt
Ida Pettersson Preutz's work centers around optical illusions. She is inspired by the great op art pioneers such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. All her fabrics are hand-dyed, hand-painted or screen printed, allowing her to be very specific in her colour palette, often choosing vibrating neon tones. More recently though, Pettersson Preutz has explored the possibilities of the grey scale, as presented at Fiberspace during the exhibition -visual-illusion-confusion- in October 2019.
She works meticulously stitching every pixel of fabric into laser-straight rows and then stitching the rows into unique quilted compositions. The reverse of her pieces is just as attractive as the front, with the added dimension of showcasing her craftsmanship and the threads that, in spite of everything, will not be tamed by the grid . Her material of choice is often cotton, though polyester, velvet and tulle make an appearance once in a while.Read more
The second in a series of textile art symposia organised by Svenska Vävakademin will occur on the 6th of November at New Karolinska hospital in Solna. The focus of the symposiums is to discuss the current and future situation, terms and conditions for textile art in the public realm. This time with particular focus on textile art in health care facilities.
Photo: sll.se Miriam Bäckström's "Ready to tell all"Read more
Welcome to this book launch and mini-exhibition by Päivi Ernkvist 30/10-2/11! The Venetian adventurer and author Giacomo Casanova's talent and versatility were enormous. A little known fact is that he, among other things, started a silk weaving business in Lyon, which under the direction of others then grew to 400 small and large silk weavers. But by then, Casanova's troubled spirit had already found other countries and focus of his creativity.Read more
Welcome to an artist talk with Matilda Dominique and Ida Pettersson Preutz on Saturday the 5th of October at 12 o' clock. We will explore their world of -visual-illusion-confusion.Read more
Welcome to a conversation between artist Thomas Magnusson and Sten Sandell, composer and improvisation musician wth a PhD in Musical Performance and Interpretation. The artist talk will begin at 13.00 on Saturday 28/9, which is also the last day of the exhibition.Read more