Thoughts about Tapestry inspired by a visit to Waldemarsudde

Last Sunday I visited one of my favourite museums in Stockholm, “Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde”. If you ever go to Stockholm a visit here is a must! The photo above is from the lovely park that surrounds the museum in autumn colours. Some colour combinations start to “sing” in my mind if you understand what I mean. This was a good start to what was to come. I got a guided tour of the exhibition “Woven Image Worlds” Textile artist Annika Ekdahl creates a world of her own, so full of details that you could spend weeks discovering new things all the time. Simply unbelievable!  She uses a late-medieval tapestry method that allows  such rich and detailed works. The size is amazing, could be up to 3×3 m. One tapestry usually takes a year to complete. The guide said that Annika has thoughts about the similarity between woven tapestry and digital pixels. Hm, interesting.

 

 

I have not learnt to weave since it is too complicated for me and requires expensive and spaceconsuming equipment. But how I love tapestry and how I admire skilled weavers. Party I like needlepoint because it looks like tapestry. A few years ago visited “Manufacture des Gobelins” in Paris. There tapestry is woven in the medieval way and I saw wievers in action. It has supplied the French monarchs since Louis XIV. Unfortunately the guiding was in French and I was so sorry  that my French was not good enough to understand more than a small part! Another textile artist that I have admired for many years is the Swedish-Canadian weaver Helena Hernmark. The way she uses colour is remarkable like this details tulips in backlight. Truly inspiring!

 

A trip to Cornwall and London

29/10 I came back from my trip to the UK. Two wonderful weeks full of experiences. The little workshop Jewellery Making in Cornwall is situated among the rolling green hills between Truro and Falmouth.

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There I had the opportunity to get private lessons from Stuart and his former pupil Jasmine, now a student at Plymouth university.  His assistant Shirley was also a very nice acquaintance. People came and went all day long to see Stuart, to take part in a course or just have a chat. The atmosphere was very friendly and I learnt so much! First of all how little I know and what it means to have a teacher and not have to figure out everything on your own. Listening to Kate Bush and piano jazz music  (the Swedish group EST was a favorite of Stuart’s)  I managed with some help to make two rings with stone settings and a bracelet.

I lived in a little flat in Falmouth, a pretty town by the sea. This was the view from my bedroom. After a day in the workshop it was dinner, watching BBC and then sleep.

In London I had one  day which was spent in my favorite museum Victoria & Albert’s. It is so big that some smaller part has to be selected and I choose Jewellery and Tapestry, not surprising. The collection of silver and jewellery is amazing!

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Here a photo from the collection of contemporary silver items. In the attractive shop I fell for an embroidery kit from Ehrman’s, a motif from V&A:s collection of tile patterns. This one is pre-painted on the canvas, usually I stitch from a blank canvas and count the stitches from a model. I will also try the right way with all stitches the same way. I will report later how it goes.

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