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!

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!

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.

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.

Made some tryouts today while preparing for the summer course at Capellagården in July. Also trying to get back in a creative flow “post book” and a lot of deadlines. Working with light sensitive fluid to create patterns with UV light in a technique called Cyanotopi.

Back in Jaipur and looking at the amazing art of block printing. Tomorrow we will visit Baghru village.

Last week I started a new printing workshop. We worked with geometrical shapes and action painting patterns. And also got time to update our workshop with new table top covers. Assignment ´For no use´ to be presented next week.

Maria Åström´s vivid and beautiful patterns are now gathered in the book ‘Mönsterträdgård’. Even the cat Castor enjoys to sleep on top of the pillow case ‘Pioon’. And in the back ground in Marias living room, my garland!

Last weekend for our exhibition “Colleagues”. Next week we will start building the Summer exhibitions with students from Capellagården. Vernissage 27th of May.

Making patterns. Line by line, the magic in repeating