Diary

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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13 April 2020

Update #10

One day in March 2018 I received a very special email: … “the donation council of the Sten A Olssons Foundation for Research and Culture would like to award you their cultural scholarship for 2018. The Sten A Olssons Foundation for Research and Culture has over the last twenty years awarded a large number of educational grants to talented people working with art, music, theater, dance, literature, design and scenography…” The scholarship amount was SEK 300,000 each to six artists; actor Evin Ahmad, magician Carl-Einars Häckner, musician Jens Lekman, opera singer Sofie Asplund, visual artist Gunnel Wåhlstrand and myself. We were all told NOT to tell anyone until it became official – in October. A promise very... Read More →
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11 April 2020

Update #9

Today is Easter Eve. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Peter and I (and the cats) are alone in the house. We will soon have a barbecue in the garden. But first, another update: One day in January 2018, Velta Raudzepa – Head of collections at the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga – visited Stockholm together with three Latvian artists. I met them at the ferry terminal and together we went to Waldemarsudde. I have known Velta since the mid-90s and greatly appreciate her extensive knowledge and long experience. Thanks for coming! Read More →
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9 April 2020

Update #8

Life is not just about work. In December 2017 I gave myself an early Christmas present: a weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark, 2 hours train ride from our home. Hotel, my favorite street food (Turkish) outside the Central Station and above all: European Short Course Swimming Championships in the Royal Arena! Read More →
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9 April 2020

Update #7

During this update of my website, I go through photo archives as a reminder of what has happened. And, dear diary, I must mention the day in November 2017 when I was allowed back stage at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Thank you Anni Foglert & conservators! The feeling of sneaking through passages and along corridors, shortcuts between the great halls, seeing traces of everything that is accomplished but rarely mentioned. Love it! Read More →
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7 April 2020

Update #6

Keep on working! I made a new design for the second tapestry for Uppsala university. Title: The Deer in Nara Park. I dyed yarn in a variety of blue shades, which is quite far outside my comfort zone. But since I have spent so much time with deer in recent years, both figuratively and literally, I hope they will show the way in the future as well. A blue road to a Japanese park … Read More →
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7 April 2020

Update #5

I began my “post university life” (which ended in September 2017) by traveling to Uppsala and delivering the first of two tapestries commissioned by the university. The Graduation Party, 1,40m X 3,25m, hangs in room X in the university’s main building and will later be joined by another tapestry. Read More →
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6 April 2020

Update #4

Dear Diary, one of my most precious memories is from October 2017 and the Academic Ceremony at University of Gothenburg. What a grand, solemn as well as entertaining night. I received an honorary doctorate, doctor honoris causa, at the faculty of Science. So proud and moved. (In order not to suffer from too much hybris, the night ended with my black velvet dress stuck in the banquet hall’s escalator and chewed to shreds. A huge surprise.) What do you say? Thank you, life. Read More →
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5 April 2020

Update #3

My 5 year guest professorship at the Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg, was made possible thanks to the important benefactor and patron of craft, Barbro Wingstrand. I named the book/report about my time at the department “A Tapestry Journey – the book about following deer”. It’s available (in Swedish) from me or online at http://hdl.handle.net/2077/53435. Read More →
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