Dear Diary, yesterday I had the pleasure to see artist Melsene Laux and her two film colleagues, Sylvia Edwinsson and Niels Elley, in my studio. They are running a very interesting project about the artist Elisabeth Bergstrand-Poulsen, 1887–1955. Melsene now lives in the same village, Långasjö, where Elisabeth was born. She finished her art studies at the Art Academy in Stockholm 1913 and some years later she met Axel Poulsen in Italy. They got married in Långasjö and then settled down in Denmark.
Well, to make a long and interesting story short:
In the 1930’s EBP started on a large painting on the subject of Woman’s Seasons, insisting that it should be a tapestry. The image was inspired by the unicorn tapestries in Paris but also by the idea of the stair of ages, common in folklore arts. And in 1952–53 the tapestry was finally woven at Barbro Nilsson’s workshop in Stockholm.
Later on, as so often happens, it was stored away for two decades. But now, thanks to Melsene & co and the EBP Society, the huge tapestry is restored and is on display at Småland’s museum, Växjö.
So, let’s travel to the same museum between August 28 and November 15 for the exhibition “Woman’s Seasons – from another perspective” where the tapestry will the centerpiece.
Thanks Melsene with friends, for introducing to me this fantastic story! It was a pleasure to have you here and demonstrate my way of tapestry making – as an example of a contemporary twist on this historic genre. And you know, I’m also very much inspired by the Paris Lady and her unicorn.