Back after a very intense month in India where I’ve been working 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 inspiring people, craftsmen and women. The knowledge and enthusiasm that they’ve shared is invaluable. 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.

Jag fortsätter att utforska mönsters möjlighet med en ny serie mönster, där mönstret ändrar skepnad beroende på teknik och material.

I’m continuing working with a series of patterns. Different patterns that changes depending on material and technique. Mixed media.

“Ekudden” ritat av Carl Malmsten på 60-talet. Malmsten är mest känd för sina möbler, men det här mönstret är verkligen en pärla. Nu är det återskapat och vi screen trycker det på Capellagården.

“Ekudden” drawn by Carl Malmsten in the 60´s. Malmsten is mostly famous for his furnitures but this pattern is really a piece of jewellery. Now it´s recreated and we are screen printing it at Capellagarden.

Nyanser av grått. Capellagårdens trädgårdsbutik öppnar till påsk, nymålad! Jag har gjort färgsättningen tillsammans med målarna Rebecka och Alex. Vi har endast använt linoljefärger från Allbäcks, som ger rätt matthet och liv. Planerar nu för det fortsatta arbetet med utställningsbutiken.

Shades of grey. Capellagardens garden shop opens until Easter, newly painted! I have made the color scheme together with the painters Rebecka and Alex. We have used linseed colors from Allbäcks, which provide the right math and life. Now planning for the continued work with the exhibition shop.

So much knowledge, generosity and spirit of indigo. I’m so thankful for those three days in Athens, working together in Aboubakar Fofanas studio. I will set up a 200 L natural indigo vat for making new tests as soon as I’m back home. It´s magic every time!

Soon on my way to Athens and a 3 days workshop in natural indigo dyeing for the Master dyer Aboubakar Fofana! Photo by Claudia Sangiorgio Dallimore.

Nu är det hög tid att söka till Capellagårdens sommarkurser. Jag håller kursen “Mönstra med färg” den 24;e till 30;e juni. Där du har möjlighet att pröva olika textila tekniker för att göra mönster med shibori, stämpeltryck, cyanotopi, målning m.m.

Now it´s time to apply for the summer courses at Capellagården. I will hold an indigo and pattern course 24th to 30th of June. “Mönstra med färg”. Indigo dyeing with shibori techniques, stamp printing, print with open screens, painting with dyes and cyanotopi are some of the techniques that we work with to create patterns. Check out at www.capellagarden.se

From last week´s workshop. Final assignment “The art of deconstructing a book”. The students deconstructed a pile of books and made three different pieces out of them; Something wearable, A mobile and A book. So much creativity and focus from the in the studio and so many beautiful pieces of art.

Måltidsakademin har utsett 2017 års bästa svenska måltidslitteratur och den 23:e november fick vi ta emot första pris i kategorin Livsstilslitteratur för vår bok “Capellagårdens kokbok, platsen, människorna och maten”.

Idé, foto och form; Linda Zetterman & Johan Ekelund
Text & Intervjuer; Stina Lundén
Illustrationer; Terése Karlsson
Carlssons förlag

Med motiveringen; "En bok om maten och människorna på den legendariska hantverksskolan i Vickleby på Öland. En vacker och inspirerande bok om en plats att längta till.”

From last week’s workshop att KKV in Malmö. Working with Indigo dyeing and shibori techniques. So joyful to meet new people and share the magic of indigo.

Capellagården participates in the Weaving fair “Väv 17”. I feel humble and yet surprised by all the people working with weaving in different ways. I attended Reiko Sudo´s and Birgitta Nordström´s lectures, both sharing so much knowledge, patience and hard work. We all relate to textiles and needs to create a sustainable way of work with it. The tension of the threads and the work of hands is a stunning and an important force.

From yesterdays Indigo workshop at Capellagården. It´s magic every time to indigo dye in the garden in-between the textile and ceramic workshops.

Behind the scene of yesterday´s photo shoot together with Emmi Roosling. Started to laborate with wool and indigo. Piece made cloth in wool and natural indigo.