Kristina Skantze is a Stockholm based artist. Through careful and persistent hand stitching she sculpts human-like fabric beings. The seams that shape the body parts are important and appear as lines, scars stretching the skin of cloth. Textile flesh shaped by millions of visible and invisible stitches, subdued pastel silk jersey and polyester padding. Experiences are sewn into the bodies, into the artist’s own bodily memory as well as into the limbs of the figures. Visible but secretive, shaping their individual personalities. Distorted bodies have always fascinated Kristina. In the project Non-Mythological Creatures she is searching for new shapes and expressions through mixing human and animal features. What kind of emotions can be recognised in these creatures? Are they part of our world or do they exist in their own time and space?
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, Nillan 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, Nillan 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 Nillan manages to capture the abstract and shifting light in nature.Read more
In the project Truncated Icosahedron, the artists Inger Bergström and Lotte Nilsson Välimaa continue their artistic collaboration by with once again investigating a specific place and context through concept and materiality.
The artists' first common experience when embarking on the project was as follows: "We pictured Fiberspace Gallery illuminated a winter evening in the surrounding evening dusk, bright and exposed, bathing in light. An apparently impossible act manifested itself in our heads - the idea of bringing in a monumental construction in the bare room. Like a ship in a bottle. Our thoughts and minds are now busy solving the Gordian knot - where can we find the simple but drastic solution?Read more
Intertradition is a textile craft exchange project between Sweden and Japan, by SHOGO HIRATA and LISA JUNTUNEN ROOS. In this project they aim to find new ways of working with textile craft by combining two different craft cultures into one art project.Read more
Multi-disciplinary artist Meghan Price is preoccupied with questions of time and evolution. Her textile and print-based practice exhibits distinct geological overtures, employing dual strategies of slow looking and close reading, which urge us to pause long enough to glimpse the seemingly imperceptible. Through the tactile problem-solving strategies of material practice, Price seeks to understand and access the processes of deep time and the unique challenges we face living here and now. (Text by Jenn Law)Read more
Kari Steihaug collects woollen garments and unfinished knitting projects. She finds her themes in the work of hands and lives lived, history and memory, the private and the collective. The installation at Fiberspace Gallery, The Seamstress in Trastevere consists of a knitted image, a film, sound, yarn, woollen garments that unravel, and are patched and repaired.
«Rome diary, February 2010: Walking past the Seamstress in Trastevere and her embroideries. They brighten the grey cement wall. She sits in rapt concentration, small stitches on light even-weave. Rapid steps on cobblestones, and I have a whole month here at Circolo Scandinavio. She reminds me of the seamstress in a painting by Helene Scherfbeck, or Vermeer’s lace-maker. She’s in the state of mind I myself seek: concentration and flow in time. But most of all she’s in hard reality. She’s the one I see in all cities, on many street corners, in all types of weather. Some knit or sew, play music or polish shoes. Some just sit. Every day.»
The cross-stitch is fundamental to the history of the art of embroidery. The stitch itself has a clear structure, where every stitch forms a building block. It works perfectly in our world of pixels and any image can be translated into an embroidery - but what happens if we work around it from the other way? First the embroidered surface, then the design.
Katarina Evans’ embroidery ’No Title’, currently exhibited at Liljevalchs Vårsalongen, is a cross-stitch embroidery erased. Only the structure remains. Another eight blank sheets have been embroidered by Katarina and eight masters of colour and design, from different artistic disciplines and generations, have been invited to react on it.Read more
During Stockholm Design Week, Fiberspace is proud to be one of three venues worldwide where Deepa Panchamia's debut book "Deepa Panchamia: Textile Art and Sculptures" will be launched. Deepa makes textile sculptures, installations and wearable art. This book presents a selection of her work from 2004 to the present day, including notes and extracts from the artist’s journal. This first edition is limited to 300 copies, each numbered and signed by the artist. Other items from the Fiberspace Collection will also be available. Opening hours during Design Week: Wednesday - Friday 12-18, Saturday 12-16.Read more
Textile (in)Fusion is an exploration of how contrasting materials can be fused together by stitching and moulding, with the intention of challenging material expressions. By adding the textile design perspective to this material investigation textile qualities such as flexibility, structure, tactility and movement become essential for the final expression. Linde & Carlefalk have, through their creative process, developed a collection of unique accessories which will be exhibited at Fiberspace.Read more
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.Read more