The material draws the surface, creates the structure that affects the reflection of the light and the ability of the material to move. In her exhibition and launch of her brand new book “Fabricate”, Åsa Pärson investigates the ability of textile material to create some kind of balance, sometimes imbalance, pushing the idea of a perfect surface and quality that communicates ideas and memories of experiences from different cultures, tools and landscape and light. Sometimes with references to textile history.
The test weave is Åsa’s sketch method for creating qualities with different characteristics where she distinguish between the tactility and the sensation of the textile. That is how the material behaves in the hand, against the skin and also how it looks. It is easy to replace a component and get a whole new result, a new surface, a new feeling that sometimes also becomes an association to something completely different from the weaving.
The theme and method of her work are binding + material + setting + color = recipe for a textile. The work is divided into groups after binding, patterning, special tools and dyeing techniques. The starting point is the material and the construction of simple bindings using at the most 10 shafts. While weaving, she works intuitively with the weft material. The selection of materials, bindings and tools is subjective and the work intuitive, in the pursuit of beautiful diagonals and squares in their smallest elements. Her quest is clarity, conveying the fabric’s simple but magical construction.
This exhibition will be open daily Monday-Friday 12-18; Saturday-Sunday 12-16.
WHAT DOES FIBER MEAN TO YOU?
I think of material with infinite possibilities.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FIBER OR TEXTILE TECHNIQUE?
Wool and weaving.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST VIVID TEXTILE MEMORY?
When head teacher Christina Rinaldo at Väfskolan, textile University of Borås told the story about making the warp made of over twisted wool stronger by using hairspray. it was a reconstruction project that included analysis of textiles from Birka. this made me decide I wanted to study hand weaving in depth and I also choosed Rinaldo as my teacher.