Materials for the spring pattern project just arrived from Maiwa Handprints! Patterns in making…
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 resist printing with mud and over dyed with indigo as well as the use of natural pigments for block printing. 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 making field studies and worked with a 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Knitting workshop at Karin Öberg. Got so inspired! I just started my first knitting project in 34 years.
I´m preparing for the coming print workshop. Loaded with pattern inspiration from London.
The summer course program is now up and running. ‘Mönstra med färg’ including Indigo and shibori and much more will be one of them. Pls. see www.capellagarden.se for more information.
Sommarkursprogrammet för 2017 ligger nu uppe på Capellagårdens hemsida. Min kurs *Mönstra med färg' är en av dem. Indigo, shibori och olika sätt att skapa mönster. Se www.capellagarden.se för mer information.
‘Lycka’ both traditional and modern, made with 516 pieces and 15 pairs of hands.
Back home after two weeks of traveling in India looking at the textile works of artisans in Rajasthan. The craft heritage in this part of the world is amazing as well very complex due to the situation for the workers. Thank you India and all of you that we had the pleasure to meet this time.
Visited two block carving workshops in Jaipur today. Delicate patterns made with skilled crafting hands. A nice sweater can also make you feel better when you are out of cash.
Back in Jaipur and looking at the amazing art of block printing. Tomorrow we will visit Baghru village.
Back in Mother India, today we met weavers in Natore. Very encouraging and inspiring to see craftspeople working with textiles in so many different ways.
Indigo workshop with two creative and fun blue days at KKV in Malmö.
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.
All the effort, knowledge and skills behind the scene. Studiovisit at Maja Sjöberg´s studio at the Royal Opera in Stockholm.
Hat making workshop with Horisaki
Threads, fabrics and colors. Collecting materials and meeting crafts people around Japan. Tomorrow heading towards Yama Shi.
Shades of blue. Next planned workshop will be 29th to 30th of October in Malmö.
Vernissage next week!
‘Grid’ Sketching with threads and trying to stay in focus.
Working with new design for jute rugs and a serie of household items. Indigo and nature colors, a timeless combination!
Patterns, colors and a lots of line drawings.
Work in progress. Laborating with geometrical shapes, materials and foldings and indigo.
Natural Indigo dyeing. Working with foldings and texture combined with dyeing.
Preparing an Natural Indigo vat and researching for new projects. Indigo in my dreams… The working shirt belongs to Miho.
My favorit at the Furniture Fair is Oyyo that designs and makes beautiful crafted dhurries. Hand woven and dyed with natural dyes in India. http://oyyo.se
Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016. Dusty pastels all over the place… Lightening, furnitures, carpets… Soft and playful.
The artist and in all various ways inspiring Gunilla Skyttla has left us. I´m grateful that our roads crossed. My thoughts goes to Raine, her life companion.
From todays study visit at Pernilla Lindfors studio, theatre tailor that makes costumes for both films and theaters. In the process of making reality out of Sandra Parments ideas for the play Himladrumlar. Directed by Ika Nord and premiere at Byteatern in April 2016.
We are working with Chromatics today. With inspiration from Louis Barragáns beautiful work. Transforming colors and proportions to patterns.
A glimpse of my contribution to Gudrun Sjöden, Autumn 2016. Photo Anna Kern.
From Monica Ekervik Hedmans Instagram Busiga. A Sneak peek from the photo shoot at Moma in NY.
Christmas gift from the textile students! Wheat warmers.
Open house at G studion today.
Tenuguis, Indigo dyed with shibori techniques. Just dyed and now hanging in the workshop.
Workshop at Östasiatiska museet with Yoshiko Wada. Such a pleasure and joy to meet a person with this knowledge and experience about textile. Inspired!
Med textilklassen på besök hos Horisaki. Hattmakare med känsla för material och form.
Study visit at Horisaki studio today. Hat makers with feeling for materials quality and shape.
Så glad över att jag kom med på workshopen “Kimono, Origami and Modules” med YOSHIKO WADA på Östasiatiska museet om en vecka! Looking forward to the Yoshiko Wada workshop at Östasiatiska museet!