|in the garden; Lars Vilks wooden tower Dalonien|
|in the garden overlooking the lake|
Hitching a ride with Jögge, I arrived last Wednesday evening in Upperud, where Dalslands Konstmuseum is situated. A beautiful place located in the middle of the Swedish countryside, lined with forests and lakes. There used to be many paper mills in these surroundings, now there's only one still running. We received a warm welcome and were utterly well cared for, throughout our entire stay by museum director Helen Backlund.
Two days were spent building and hanging the exhibitions, but we did manage a visit to Not Quite - an old paper mill, now a place and a network for professional artists, artisans and designers. Will post photos of this later.
|from left to right: Gill Wilson, Gunilla Pantzar, Anders Lönn, Magie Hollingworth, Helen Backlund (museum director), Agneta Flock, me, Jögge Sundqvist|
The exhibition opening was on Saturday afternoon. Mattias and Rosa (our youngest) made it there just in time, after a 5 hour drive from Sigtuna... After the initial presentation of all present artists from the three concurrent exhibitions, each artist gave a short presentation of their work.
In the group exhibiton Papper, Gill Wilson (UK) started off, presenting her work; forms based on sacred geometry, pulp made out of natural plant fibre. Breathtaking beauty.
Magie Hollingworth (UK) also uses paper pulp - but only waste paper; catalogues, newspapers, printed matter... Wonderfully graphic cutlery, subtly humorous shovels and beautiful bowls.
Agneta Flock, a Swedish artist originally in textile, but since many years a skilled paper cutter. Her images are lovely with exquisite details. She cuts her pieces first, then she paints them by hand which gives them a unique expression.
|Anna-Stina Lindén Ivarsson, journalist and author, Anders Lönn, my thistles and I|
The day ended with a delicious festive meal on the veranda, with friends and spouses. Helens dog Ville and the museum cat watching over us.