Thursday, February 28, 2013

glass wonders

Don't miss this beautiful exhibition at Kaleido Konsthantverk if you're near Uppsala! Amazing works by japanese artist Mafune Gonjo. Exhibition ends on Sunday March 3d.

I'm off to Göteborg for a bookbinding workshop at Rum för Papper! Have a nice weekend.

Friday, February 22, 2013

paper workshop at Nyckelviksskolan

Back from a two-day workshop at Nyckelviksskolan, holding a paper maché course for the  "Hantverkspedagogerna" (= craft pedagogues). It's always enjoyable and inspiring to be there. Here are some of the works the students came up with. 

Amazing what you can do with paper :)

I'm featured over at the blog All Things Paper today - thank you Ann!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Forming Words exhibition

Hanne Manheimer's ceramics in front, Matthew Raw's on the right side
Mimi Joung
Ingeborg van Damme
Ingeborg van Damme
Matthew Raw
Susanne Matsché
Jessica Turrell
Jessica Turell
Tabea Dürr
Buddug Wyn Humphreys
Debbie Smyth
(wall of ceramics in the back was not part of the Forming Words exhibition)
A selection of pictures from the exhibition at Flow Gallery. I went back there the day after, to have a longer look and take photos in better light.

My visit to Flow Gallery, London, was made possible with a grant from IASPIS The Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual Artists. Thank you!

Private View at Flow!

Ebba came all the way from Sweden - huge surprise!
Gallerist Yvonna, right and ceramic artist Mimi Joung, left
Tabea Dürr's woven and embroidered pieces on the wall, right
ah yes, my thistles!
"almost a thistle" - flower from sweet Ebba
Private View night at Flow Gallery Wednesday February 13th!

Mattias and I arrived at the gallery and - I was completely taken by surprise! - Ebba, wonderful friend and collegue, suddenly appeared out of nowhere :))))) She had secretly decided to travel down for the opening. We had apparently almost run into each other by accident during the day, visiting the same museum...

We also met up with Tabea Dürr, textile artist living in Sweden, also participating in the show and her friend Aurora. So nice to meet gallerists Yvonna and Lisa in person, they've done a great job. All the pieces had their own space, nothing felt crowded. Amazing since the space isn't huge and we are 18 participating artists.

Lovely to meet Mimi Joung again, we both took part in the Bacchanalia show about a year ago. I also met Jessica and Dail, and Ginger, from Manchester Craft and Design Centre where Forming Words will be exhibited from July 13th - November 9th.

Tabea, Aurora, Ebba, Mattias and I spent the rest of the lovely evening eating small but tasty dishes at The Bloody French.

My visit to Flow Gallery, London, was made possible with a grant from IASPIS The Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual Artists. Thank you!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

spiky drama

Another thistle! Tale of Time.

Added a bit of drama due to poor lighting.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Go with the Flow!

Please join me at Flow Gallery, Wednesday 13th of February!
Very much looking forward to seeing the exhibition, the gallery and visiting lovely London again :)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Rule of Three

Rule of Three
Day by Day
Desert Crucial
Russian Connection

Here they are, the thistles are finished - and safely arrived in London already (phew).

I am fascinated by spiral patterns in nature. Two summers ago someone had placed a box on a bench, containing a series of books on the cultural history of mathematics. A note said that the books were given away, they were free to take, they would otherwise be thrown away. Being on summer holiday I could not take more than one. Leafing through it briefly I saw it contained parts about symmetry and the Fibonacci sequence. I took the book and saved it for later. 

Even though not gifted in this area myself, I feel strangely drawn to it nonetheless - a kind of enchantment mingled with terror. Fascinating that math is present everywhere, on earth, in space and in all living things.

The thistles are made from other book pages though - only the stem of Day by Day is made from a sheet from the symmetry pages, though I was very reluctant to cut the book. But I felt there needed to be one direct connection to the source of my inspiration.

And all good things are three, don't listen to what anyone else says.