Diary

21 October 2020

We’re Fine!

Dear Diary, after months of solitude work in my studio I visited Ronneby Culture Center last week, together with my community embroidery “We’re Fine!” Very inspiring. A small crowd, at a suitable distance from each other, added their stitches to the cloth. Meanwhile, pianist Richard Mathisson filled the great room with the most enjoyable music. Very soothing. Read More →
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23 July 2020

The Sea

Dear Diary, this summer we cannot see family and friends. But a day trip by car to the Swedish southwest coast was possible, to meet with two of our grandkids – on a distance. No hugging and kissing. We spent the day outdoors in the heavy wind. The sea was wild, we were happy. Read More →
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10 July 2020

The tiger and the butterfly

Corona times means a lot of restrictions but also great possibilities for uninterrupted work. My tapestry “Medal ceremony: Thanks for everything” is coming along well. Hopefully it will be finished next month. More images here. (Press “Read more” to reach the link.) Read More →
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20 June 2020

Midsummer

Today is Midsummer Day. This photo is from last year’s midsummer festivitas in our garden. Wonderful days, with family and friends from Dalarna, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Korea. Due to COVID 19 Peter and I celebrated the return of the light on our own this year. We spent most of the time with food and drinks in the greenhouse, listening to the heavy rains and the apocalyptic thunder. But we feel safe, happy and grateful to have all these people in our lives. Even when it has to be from a distance. Read More →
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30 May 2020

A virtual visit to Gothenburg

Earlier this week I had the privilege of opposing on bachelor’s degree work, textile art. It took place via zoom at HDK–Valand, University of Gothenburg, where I once was a student and later a staff member. I think being opponent is the hardest thing to do but I did my best. Very impressed with what the students have achieved during such difficult times with the pandemic, the closing of the workshops and the restriction to virtual tutorial sessions. Thank you for your confidence, and good luck everyone. Read More →
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19 May 2020

Nationalmuseum re-opens in June

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic Nationalmuseum in Stockholm is closed. But the plan is to open it up again on June 16. The whole museum is recently renovated. From 2013 to 2018, it was closed for transforming it to contemporary standard when it comes to technique, lightning, capacity etc. In October 2018, the museum opened again with lots of visitors and festivities. I went there with Linus, our youngest son, curious about the very talked-about new look of the large halls. And also, I must admit, of how my tapestry Road Movie (verdure): Visiting Mom had been placed… Read More →
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18 May 2020

Update #13

A few more updates. This photo, from the STENA foundation‘s website, shows the 2018 receivers of the culture scholarship. An unforgettable evening, with presentations of us in the Concert Hall, followed by performances from musician Jens Lekman, actor Evin Ahmad, magician Carl-Einars Häckner and opera singer Sofie Asplund. The night ended with a mingle party at the Art Museum including the opening of Gunnel Wåhlstrand’s and my exhibitions. Photographer: Magnus Gotander. Read More →
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23 April 2020

Update #12

Just some more updates. In these pandemic days it does not feel completely wrong to look back. So, back again to December 2018. The Deer in Nara Park was finished just hours before the opening of the STENA foundation’s cultural scholarship exhibition at the Gothenburg Art Museum. When it was released from the loom I rolled it up, brought it with me on the Gothenburg train and finished the mounting at a table in the exhibition hall. When the museum’s brilliant technicians raised the tapestry (it is 3,25 meters high) I got to see the whole piece for the first time, in the correct vertical angle. Read More →
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16 April 2020

Update #11

More about the STENA scholarship: The scholarship requires an exhibition at the Gothenburg Art Museum. During the summer of 2018, I worked hard to finish The Deer in Nara Park. Uppsala university had promised to let the museum show the tapestry in connection with the scholarship awards ceremony. Photographer Peter Claesson spent a nice and sunny day in my studio and took pictures for the catalogue. And if you want to know why we carried our bathtub out into the garden, you have to get hold of one of those catalogues… Read More →
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