Thank you everyone that came and took part of “The shirt project”. Overwhelmed by the response. Many important thoughts and questions about sustainability, natural dyeing, fibers -just as we wished for! Information about upcoming workshops and next exhibition will soon be sent to all our testpilots, stay tuned!

Parts of “The shirt project” will be exhibited in Norrlängan at Capellagården during the Harvest feast, Sept. 26-29. Vernissage Sept. 26, at 3 pm.
We will be there, so come and talk with us about the project and sustainable textiles or natural dyes. Welcome!

We just started a fermentation process to extract indigo. First step is to harvest the indigo leaves and after that directly submerges them in to water. It will take a couple of weeks before extraction of the pigment can start…the outcome is yet still unsure but knowledge is power!

Todays mission is to make several applications for Grants. I really enjoy putting things together and take time to also expanding the project. Looking so much forward to this and everything that comes with it; India, patterns, craft, knowledge, textiles, friends and unexpected connections all over the world. The book starts to live its own life and guide us in different directions… The art of block printing is amazing!

“The shirt project” This project aims to highlight the advantages and possibilities in giving your garments a second life by using existing fibers and garments and overdye them with natural pigments. We have start to take action by sharing knowledge and we believe that we actually make a difference. All steps toward a more conscious way of using our resources are welcomed! The project will be exhibited in end of Sept 2019 and more information about following workshops will soon be sent to our first test pilots.

Photo by Emmi Roosling.

From last evening´s photo shoot at Alvaret. Soon an upcoming exhibition and a series of workshops! The shirt project continues to develop and create an exchange of knowledge as well as encounters with different skilled people. We take action for a more sustainable way of consume by reuse and work with natural textile fibers and pigments.

I have participated in a Wheel throwing Master Class with Kennet Williamsson at Capellagården where I have been working with different materials and temperaments than usual. And with a beginner’s mind going through the various stages of the learning process. My goal during those weeks was to stay in the process of trial and error and not to produce ready objects.

Another summer course at Capellagården has ended. People, patterns, materials and a lots of colours – all in a joyful mix! We have tried different materials and medias and made patterns with dyes, stamps, plants and the sun. Thanks a lot to all the participants and to Estelle who assisted me during the week. And see you next summer! Check out www.capellagarden.se in the beginning of 2020 for more info.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Behind the scene of yesterday´s photo shoot together with Emmi Roosling. Piece by Piece. 20 different patterns, all made with different shibori techniques. Exploring the limits and possibilities of clamping. Dyed with iindigo.