The ETN Conference in Borås 2017

ETN participants at the lecture hall of the Fashion Centre in Borås

Some impressions from a very successful conference in Borås, held from 12 to 18th. September2017 at the Fashion Centre in Borås. Organizers where the Nordic Textile Artists (NTA) together with the European Textile Network (ETN) supported by the Swedish Textile Museum and the Town of Borås in Sweden.I will make a very personal review as it is nearly impossible to do justice to all events and all artists!

View at the textile Museum of Sweden, part of the Fashion Centre complex

First of all we had a famous keynote speaker, Lidewij Edelkoort, who is forecasting what is happening in textiles in the years to come. She gave a very positive picture for the future of textiles, especially regarding textile craft and handmade textiles. I was happy to see that she stayed with us to listen at what our ETN speakers were telling; it seemed that she was not so familiar with all activities within our world of textile art. Which was the same for the people in the audience, who are not always aware what is going on in textile industry and fashion. Both worlds seem to get closer together in the future! For the participants who said that this was the best ETN Conference ever, the inspiration given by Li Edelkoort certainly was one of the main reasons!
The fashion Centre as the venue also played a role as it was very easy going, welcoming, open and colourful. To have everything at one space  was a luxury we had not experienced before.
I only show some of the many speakers because it was too dark to make good pictures and I wanted to concentrate on the lectures!

Lidewij Edelkoort, textile forcaster at her lecture “Talking Textiles” in the Fashion Centre in Borås

 

Yoshiko Wada´s lecture”The Red Obsession: Japan and mexico” at the ETN Conference
Cynthia Schira´s lecture “An Errant Line: Ann Hamilton & Cynthia Schira”, held at the ETN Conference, Fashion Centre in Borås
Philippa Brock´s lecture “Weaving Futures: Process Led Curation” at the ETN Conference

My own experience in Borås started with a Jacquard workshop by Vibeke Vesty from Norway. It was my second try and this time the magic happened: I could weave a design I made for my old Jacquard loom , back in the 1970s, that I could not complete than because it took an enormous amount of time! Now it was woven within less than two hours, and prepared at home in photoshop at about the same amount of time. The complete names of the participants will follow! Vibeke Vestby is the person at the centre with the Norwegian type of pullover! She is the genius behind the TC2 Jacquard sample loom for artists an d designers.

The Jacquard weaving workshop participants
Beatrijs Sterk: Kala. Jacquard weaving, this image was to be woven on my hand Jacquard loom in the 1970s but was never completed due to lack of time. On the TC” this image was woven within 2 hours!

 

Faig Ahmed: exhibition “Equation” at the Textile Museum of Sweden in Borås

Exhibitions: Faig Ahmed: exhibition “Equation” at the Textile Museum of Sweden in Borås

This artist from Azerbaijan had his first large exhibition in Europe. I had seen his work in the exhibition “Threads as a Metaphor for Interweaving” in 2014 in Arnhem and was not so convinced than, given his destruction process of old valuable carpets. This time the show came across with such power that one  could not resist its charme. Faig Ahmed lecture was honest to the point that it was painful to listen to him. A sentence from the traditional women who had to weave his tapestries, stayed with me: “Do you want to change yourself or the tapestries?”

Faig Ahmed at his exhibition “Equation” with Medeia Ekner, curator at the Textile Museum of Sweden
Faig Ahmed: exhibition “Equation” at the Textile Museum of Sweden in Borås
Faig Ahmed: exhibition “Equation” at the Textile Museum of Sweden in Borås
Faig Ahmed: exhibition “Equation” at the Textile Museum of Sweden in Borås at the Textile Museum of Sweden in Borås

 

A further important exhibition: Grethe Sørensen: “Out of Pixel” at the Abecita Art Museum

I have followed what Grethe is weaving since a long time and admire her work and what she has achieved with the Jacquard technique. It will stay a mystery to me that such work is not easily to be found in the world of fine art where everybody has their paintings woven at Flanders Tapestries, not knowing anything about the Jacquard technique themselves. Grethe´s way of working is so much more an integration of art and textile technique! I am quite sure that some day the fine art world will recognize her, all the more as she is represented by a good gallery. She did receive the well-deserved prestigious textile prize, the Nordic Textile Award in a ceremony with dinner at the Fashion Center in  Borås

Grethe Sørensen: View at “Out of Pixel” exhibition at the Abecita Art Museum
Grethe Sørensen: Visitors at “Out of Pixel” exhibition at the Abecita Art Museum
Grethe Sørensen: View at “Out of Pixel” ,exhibition at the Abecita Art Museum
Grethe Sørensen: Prize ceremony Nordic Award in Textiles

 

The Exhibition Everyday Matter – The Value of Textile Art at the Textile Museum in Borås by members of Nordic Textile Art
An exhibition created with the focus of materiality, slowness and opportunities of the craft. Further the focus was on innovation and critical processing of everyday life. In collaboration with the Textile Museum of Sweden, Nordic Textile Art (NTA) presents Everyday matter a notable exhibition of works in large formats. The starting point is everyday materials and the slow processes of textile art. Threads we all recognise but take years to master.
The exhibition shows methods that can eliminate time and communicate through their materiality. While the artists look back in history, they work towards yet undiscovered possibilities. Everyday Matter – A critical processing of daily life. Since its founding, the NTA has been run by professional textile artists in the form of both the Nordic Textile Council (NTC) and a board of the association. All of the members of these are enthusiasts who strive to place the spotlight on textile art.

The ten invited artists: From Sweden, Elsa Agélii and Emelie Röndahl; from Norway, Kari Hjertholm and Løvaas & Wagle; from Finland, Ulla-Maija Vikman and Silja Puranen; from Iceland, Ásta Vilhelmína Guðmundsdóttir and Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir; from Denmark, Grethe Wittrock and Ane Henriksen. The ten artists juried from a closed call from NTA: Helga Palina Brynjolfsdottir, Brenner Remberg, Laura Isoniemi, Raija Jokinen, Aino Kajaniemi, Kerstin Lindström, , Vibeke Lindhardt, Linnea Blomgren, and Josabet Werkmäster.

ETN participants at the exhibition Everyday Matter – The Value of Textile Art
Astrid Løvaas, Kirsten Wagle: Til Hannah, Agnes, Frida og Jessica at the exhibition Everyday Matter – The value of Textile Art
Silja Puranen: “The Warhorse ” ; to the right Kerstin Lindstöm:”The Leak”. The sculpture leaks out of the pipes in the ceiling ; works at the exhibition Everyday MatterThe value of Textile Art
Work by Ulla-Maija Vikman for the exhibition Everyday Matter – The Value of Textile Art
Raija Jokinen: §Lindad med Vardagen ( Wrapped with Everyday Life), in the exhibition Everyday Matter- The Value of Textile Art

 

 

the 10th TEXO triennial of textile art

A major exhibition “Johtolanka / Narrative Thread” showing work by the Finnish Textile Artists Association TEXO was on view at Rydals Museum. 

Modern textile art surprises with its diversity and the range of techniques, materials and perspectives applied. Narrative Thread, the 10th textile art triennial of TEXO, wants to introduce visitors to new Finnish textile art. It was first shown at the Museum Centre Vaprikki in Tampere, Finland (2016/2017)
View at the exhibition Johtolanka/ Narrative Thread, Rydals Museum. Work by Linna Blom:”A::A::A”, textile sculpture
Merja Keskinen: “Transparent Colours” at the exhibition Johtolanka/ narrative Thread, Rydals Museum
View at the narrative Threads exhibition;The red chair is a work by Virpi Vesanen-Laukanen:” Onko siellä joku?”
Silja Puranen: Pyramide; painted on found carpet at the exhibition Johtolanka/ narrative Thread, Rydals Museum
Aino Kajaniemi: “I Am” 2013 – 2014, detail, tapestrywoven; linen, cotton, wool viscose, gold thread, fishing line and jute
Aino Kajaniemi: “I Am” 2013 – 2014, detail, tapestrywoven; linen, cotton, wool viscose, gold thread, fishing line and jute
Outi Martikainen:”Rightminded”detail at the exhibition Johtolanka/ narrative Thread, Rydals Museum
Ulla-Maija Vikman: “Reflection”, 2016 at the exhibition Johtolanka/ Narrative Thread, Rydals Museum
Heli Tuori-Luutonen:”Tuokiokuvia” 2013 -14at the exhibition Johtolanka/ Narrative Thread, Rydals Museum
Katja Luoto :”Tappavaa Kauneutta”, embroidery at the exhibition Johtolanka/ Narrative Thread, Rydals Museum
Leena Kaisa Halme:” Majakka (Lighthouse)”2015, at the exhibition Johtolanka/ Narrative Thread, Rydals Museum
Leena Ilka:”Come and Go” at the exhibition Johtolanka/ Narrative Thread, Rydals Museum

 

Also at Rydals Museum : A Pop Up Exhibition by members of the Nordic Textile Art together with the results of some NTA workshops

Vibeke Lindhardt talking to ETN participants at the Nordic Textile Art exhibition in Rydal
ETN participants at the Nordic Textile Art exhibition in Rydal
Elisabeth Brenner Remberg: Gul – vit -nätverk
Elizabet Christiansson: Mutanter
ETN participants at a guided tour of the Rydals Museum

 

A small embroidery exhibition by Gunilla Pantzar at the Rydals Museum did show some very fine work. I was happy to be able to see it as I did not know the artist:

Gunilla Pantzar: “Bara Bröst (Just Breasts)”, exhibition at Rydals Museum, embroidery on clothes
Gunilla Panzer: “Kroppsminne ( Body memory)”; exhibition at Rydals Museum, embroidery on clothes
Gunilla Panzer: “Ett Universum ( A Universe)”, detail; exhibition at Rydals Museum, embroidery on clothes

 

Exhibition “Sutur – Ihopasytt / Ten artists Interpreting Time in Stitches” at Älgården Konstgrafiska Verkstad, showing work done in embroidery technique from Nordic artists. I loved the work!

Severiją Inčirauskaitę-Kriaunevičienę: Aglais io, spungé, from the series Tourist´s Delight; embroidery on found material
Raija Jokinen: Skuggfångare, body related art
Nina Bondeson: Sörjande operatörer, embroidery in the exhibition “Sutur/ Ihopasytt”in Algården Artists Gallery
Ulla Hammarsten McFaul:” Teaparty”, embroidery in the exhibition “Sutur/ Ihopasytt”in Algården Artists Gallery

 

Excursions to the textile industry around Borås
A visit to Sweden’s finest. Starting at Ljungberg’s printing factory and shop showing exclusive hand-printing, flatbed and rotary printing and ending with Kasthall, since 1889, producing rugs in the finest material with unique craftsmanship, design and innovation.

Rydboholms Textil: Shop with ETN participants, eager to buy some of the classic Swedish textile designs
Handdruck at Rydboholms Textil with ETN participants
Stig Lindberg: Design Grazia Grande, at Rydboholms Textil AB in Rydboholm, Sweden
Handdruck at Rydboholms Textil
Design “Grand” by Malin Björklund, seen at Rydboholms Textil AB in Rydboholm, Sweden
View at the Weaving Mill Kasthall in Kinna, Sweden
Elisabeth Brenner Remberg talking to a former colleague at the Weaving Mill Kasthall in Kinna, Sweden
View at the Weaving Mill Kasthall in Kinna, Sweden
ETN Participants at the Weaving Mill Kasthall in Kinna, Sweden
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