Colours of nature! In the middle of the process of dyeing all the shirts that the test pilots has sent us for “The shirt project”. Piece by piece a weave of stories, shapes and shades appears. Mordanting, piece dye and prepare all the dye pigments is time consuming but also very fulfilling. If you are interested to grow, collect or forage different peals or plants pls. send an email.

We are making plans, foraging plants and talk a lot with different people about sustainable ways of making textiles. Just what I wished for!

Some of the blocks are carved in Sweden, then by using lino on top of the wood instead of the traditional way where the blocks are carved in rose wood or teak wood. The lines can get even more fine and exquisite when using wood or brass. The lino methods where also adapted by Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larches. Pls. see my instagram.

From the last weeks study trip to Dalarna. Visiting textile companies and schools. My long lasting impression whas however the beautiful workshop at Jobs handtryck. Where the Job´s family have been printing for generations using sustainable printing colours made by their own non toxic recipe. Today they work mostly with screen print but It also turned out that once they also started working with wood blocks and still some of them are in use. Back then the family ordered custom made blocks from India and also carved some of them in Sweden. So we will be back for the book project for deeper research and to see the great collection of print blocks used in the beginning. Looking forward…

”The shirt project” – part I

An interactive art project that aims to find and explore sustainable textile processes.
Do you want to contribute and be a part of the solution? You can participate as a test pilot in the project by sending or handling over a white shirt with instructions that will be delivered to you by mail. We would love if you and your shirt have a history together. The condition of the shirt doesn´t matter but the shirt must be washed. We will welcome white shirts in need for some love and give them a second life. And you will get your shirt back in a new colour!

The project is open to all gender and shirts in all different shapes as long as it´s made out of nature materials and in a white shade. We will start collecting from today and until May 30.
Handle the shirt over directly to Sara or Linda or send according to instructions. No extra costs will be added except from shipping.

/Sara & Linda

If you are interested contact us by email (hand emoji)

saramariacarl@gmail.com
linda@lindazetterman.se

Thanks to model Johanna Metsalo

”The shirt project” – del I

Ett interaktivt konstprojekt som syftar till att hitta och utforska hållbara processer för textil.
Vill du medverka till att vara en del av lösningen? Du kan delta som testpilot i projektet genom att skicka eller lämna en vit skjorta med instruktioner som skickas via mail. Vi vill gärna att du och skjortan har en historia och skicket spelar ingen roll bara skjortan är tvättad. Vi samlar in vita skjortor som är i behov av lite kärlek och ger dem ett andra liv. Du kommer att få tillbaka din skjorta i en ny färg!

Projektet är öppet för alla människor, skjortor i alla former så länge den är gjord i naturmaterial och är i en vit nyans. Insamlingen börjar idag och pågår t.o.m. 30 maj.
Lämna skjortan direkt till Sara eller Linda eller skicka enl. instruktioner. Inga ytterligare kostnader tillkommer mer än frakt för dig som skickar.

Se mailadresser ovan.

Textil – Mönstra med färg*
Kursledare: Linda Zetterman. Kursavgift: 3500 kr

Det här är en kurs för dig som vill få en introduktion till textilt hantverk och formgivning. Vi kommer att använda olika reservage- och trycktekniker tillsammans med färgning med naturlig indigo, ett urval av växtfärger och syntetiska pigment för att undersöka olika sätt att formge mönster. Vi skapar mönster genom att trycka, färga, teckna, vika och sy. Kursen innehåller även en uppgift där du kommer att kunna pröva metoder att arbeta utifrån inspiration med formgivning. Förhoppningen är att de olika momenten skall ge nya idéer och kunskap om textila material. Efter kursen kommer du själv att kunna skapa olika mönster, räkna recept och arbeta med olika textila pigment och kvalitéer. Kursen passar både för dig som har förkunskap i textil och för dig som vill pröva någonting helt nytt. Undervisningen blandar gemensamma genomgångar med individuell handledning. Sista anmälan 14 mars via Capellagårdens hemsida. www.capellagarden.se/sommarkurser2019/Mönstramedfärg

This is a course for those who wants to get an introduction to textile crafts and design. We will use different reservage and printing techniques together with dyeing with natural indigo, a selection of plant colors as well as synthetic pigments to investigate different ways of making patterns. We create patterns by pressing, coloring, drawing, folding and sewing etc. The course also contains a task where you will be able to try methods to work based on inspiration with design. The aim is that the various elements will give new ideas and knowledge about textile materials. After the course you will be able to create patterns yourself, calculate recipes and work with different textile pigments and qualities. The course is suitable for those who have prior knowledge of textiles and for those who want to try something completely new. The teaching mixes common reviews with individual supervision.
Deadline for applying is 14th of Mars. Apply at www.capellagarden.se/summercourses2019/Mönstramedfärg

Materials for the spring pattern project just arrived from Maiwa Handprints! Patterns in making… I will try Katazome printing again. Tried it before in Japan and also been experimenting. Now with some proper tools.

" A perspective of 2018"
This project started in a workshop and with my lack of a colour tool that could fit my purposes. It´s a custom made box that contains 800 pieces of hand painted colour shades. An object as much as an tool. I´ve made the shades daily and like a diary it has grown over the year.

Patience is a big part of making research. Sorting out and documenting results and facts takes time. But doing it together on a flying carpet makes more sense. Right now we are building up our experience and knowledge for launching a new business model that includes taking care of the resources and implement a sustainable chain for garments.

164 Shades of natural colours in 4 days. Research and sampling using only natural dye pigments for different qualities. Extracting, reusing and over dyeing with the beautiful plants and pigments that I we bought in India such as marigold, Indian madder, euphatorium, walnut, turmeric, logwood, bresilia and pomegranate.

We have started to sort pictures for the block printing book. We took over 10000 pictures during our trip and now trying to decide how to tell the story… It´s challenging but yet so fun to work with this project. Baghru is known for “dhabu” resist printing with mud and over dye with indigo as well as the use of natural pigments for block printing with colours. The fabrics needs to be mordanted with harda before you print with natural colours made of iron/jagery, madder and turmeric. This indigo vat has sustained for 9 years!

Back after a very intense month in India where I’ve been doing field studies as well as worked with the book project about the beautiful craft of block printing. Also explored different ways of working with natural dyes for both dyeing and printing. Met so many skilled craftspeople and the knowledge and enthusiasm they’ve shared is invaluable and very inspiring. Thank you all!

Soon on my way to beloved Mother India. This time will work together with block printers in Baghru, Sanganer, Ajrakhpur. Combining research, practical work and by following the whole process of pattern making and preparing for the book project; “Block print, trace from hand and nature”. Follow the work at @theblockprintingbook on Instagram.

Sampling for upcoming project. Working on a library of natural dyes in collaboration with @saramariacarl. Also continuing with the “Collecting colour 2018” project. Made a super powerful indigo vat this time, named India. Each natural vat is an adventure and I have been through ups and downs.

Different aspects of colours. Working together with the textile artist Kajsa Löfstedt. We have been analysing and painting in different mediums and made a bank of colour shades. I also explored the inflection point in between denomination and colour.

This years´s summer course week has ended. Now we are having a glas of wine in the garden surrounded by Indigo and Busan “the cat” is checking that we are ok. A week full of material, talks, new people, patterns, indigo, shibori, cyanotopi and plants. Big thanks to all of you who participated, hope to see you soon again!

New wool shawl samples. We have been dyeing with avocado, turmeric, ink, indigo, nettle and done several tryouts in-between the process of screen printing the restored “Ekudden” pattern by Carl Malmsten.

Such a perfect day. We made a kite and it won first price for it´s beauty and also flied all day high in the sky.

Final days at Capella. We are working with the summer exhibition. I’m also taking done the interior design and the set up for the exhibition store. Just trying to be in the present during this wonderful time.