Diary

16 June 2014

Guest artist in my studio

Dear Diary, last Monday I went, in a really good mood, to the train station to pick up Boa Jung. Boa is a young textile artist from Seoul and I first met her when she was a master student at HDK in Gothenburg. There she made an amazing diploma work a couple of years ago, and now she is spending the summer in my studio. Boa is weaving her tapestry on the loom I got from Lillian Bartholdsson and it looks really good. It’s an amazingly perfect feeling to have someone sharing the rhythm: weaving, eating, emailing, weaving, talking a little, weaving, googling something that has crossed your mind, weaving, shooing away The Crazy Cat (not our), reading, answering a writer’s question about the artistic process, eating in the... Read More →
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24 May 2014

Tapestries in Paris

Dear Diary, not long ago I went to Paris together with my friend and colleague Birgitta Nordström. Now I’m back from another short stay in this magical city. This time I was invited to participate in a round table discussion at the Swedish Institute. They now show the exhibition Slow Art from Nationalmuseum, including one of my pieces. Briefly I also met two France-based colleagues, Katherine Lavocat in Paris and Marie-Thumette Brichard from Lorient. Brilliant tapestry artists! Hopefully we will have more time when we meet next. I ignored the heavy rain and visited some museums, among them Galerie des Gobelins and the exhibition Un âge d’or de la Manufacture royale. And of course I also had to check on the Lady and her unicorn... Read More →
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17 May 2014

Jane from Sydney

Dear Diary, I have waved goodbye to lovely Jane Theau from Australia. We spent a day and a half together in my studio, discussing life and art and New York and Paris. And Spanish slugs. Like always when I meet friends and colleagues from Australia, I get new perspectives on things. (“Are you killing the slugs in your garden? I don’t care about them when they are outdoors. It’s when I step on them on the bathroom floor in the night, or find them in my daughter’s sneakers I dislike them…”) I really hope we will meet again. In Sydney or elsewhere. We have much more to discuss! Read More →
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9 May 2014

Meeting Lillian

Dear Diary, when I first started to more seriously explore the tapestry technique, the book “Svensk Textilkonst” (“Swedish Textile Art”) by Edna Martin & Beate Sydhoff, was of great importance. I got it as a gift in 1980 and I studied the photos, ate them! One of the tapestries I admired, and still do, was “Detta trassliga klot oroar mig” (“This tangled-up globe worries me”), by Lillian Bartholdsson. It is poetic, dramatic, narrative. Later, when I began my textile art studies at HDK, University of Gothenburg, which is located in the same building as The Röhsska Museum, I saw the tangled-up globe for the first time live. It was on display in the museum. It is not very big, just over... Read More →
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26 April 2014

Professor Song

Dear Diary, the first time we met, Burn-Soo Song and I, was in Budapest 2001. Since then we have met a couple of times in China. During my stay in Seoul I got the opportunity to visit him in his studio and museum near Yongin City in the Seoul Capital Area. It was really important to me, he is one of my artist heroes. He is wise, brave and so cool! Read More →
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26 April 2014

Tokyo & Seoul

Dear Diary, a week ago I returned from Japan and Korea. It was an amazing experience and I shared it with Martin and Elinor Nordström. Besides exhibitions and museums and just browsing around, we also visited TAMA Art University and the deer in Nara Park. For my tapestry project. Read More →
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21 February 2014

Starstruck!

Dear Diary, I really got starstruck today. I’m in Krakow, Poland, for a couple of days with the intention to pay the Sigismund tapestries a visit. I didn’t know that the Wawel Royal Castle also hosts one of the world’s most famous art pieces – Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Lady with an Ermine‘. And has done so for almost two years! It was very emotional to be all alone (except for a couple of guards) in the dark room with this painting from 1490. It’s so beautiful. Couldn’t ask for more for a birthday gift. (Image: Wikipedia) Read More →
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5 February 2014

Paris

Dear Diary, I’m back from a couple of good days in Paris. Together with friend and colleague Birgitta Nordström. We stayed in cosy Marais, went to exhibitions and walked, walked, walked. We only lost contact with each other once, when I went into a souvenir shop while Birgitta headed for the line at the Notre Dame entrance. The exhibition Decorum at Musée d’Art Moderne was important in many ways. I’m glad I got to see that, it ends soon. I’m also glad I could say hi to The Lady and the Unicorn at Musée du Cluny (Musée du Moyen Age). Anyway, I didn’t shop ANYTHING but tax free champagne at the airport… Read More →
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20 January 2014

End of chapter

Dear Diary, yesterday was the last day of the Nordic Award in Textiles exhibition at Abecita art museum in Borås. There was quite a crowd, including several dear friends, and I gave a talk. Thank you all for coming! And many thanks to Abecita, it has been a marvelous time. Read More →
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