Not only various items from different eras, but textiles are indeed present in this home. See a spectacular textile recycling at the bottom in this post.
The quilt above is sewn by Håkan’s old shirts. Åsa made made it for him. Common memories collected in a bedspread. Love it.
To visit the house of Wettre is not knowing which way to look because of all eye candy. Equally difficult is it to make a selection of pictures, because I want to show you everything. Therefore this cavalcade, I hope you enjoy.
The kitchen also contains an odyssey of blue – from textiles, ceramics and porcelain to chair cushions and curtains.
As you can see above Åsa Wettre is an excellent painter. Unfortunately most of her paintings are long gone since they sold at exhibitions but Åsa kept most of them as pictures in binders. “Even though I sat the price high, they sold anyway”. I’ll show you a couple of more peeps of Åsa’s art in coming posts. As one can read in the book, Åsa has traveled all over the world with her quilts, and even in her paintings they are there.
The jeans quilt in the kitchen sofa below is made by Åsa, and the tasty salad by Håkan.
Åsa wove the NEJ! (No) patch when she participated in a protest march (against nuclear) in the 70′s. Åsa’s granddaughter wanted there to be a Yes as well to bring balance, so Åsa sewed a Yes patch as well.
The second floor. A passionate collector and curator’s work room with books, collections and slides containing a lifetime.
Prepare for a picture marathon from one of the most inspiring and creative homes I’ve visited. The home of the couple Håkan and Åsa Wettre.
Åsa Wettre is a textile artist and author. Her latest book (second book about Swedish quilts) is called Spår av liv (Traces of life) and is about quilts and their history. Blogged here.
Håkan Wettre is a former curator at Gothenburg Art Museum, art critic, editor of the art magazine Paletten, art lecturer and co-author for the books Det Blå and Änglaboken.
Above a Swedish “Bonadsmålning” (tapestry painting). Several nice ones here and here.
Top weave, Åsa’s “Blue family”. Below painting by Mona Johansson, also blogged here.
In this home as well as in the quote from Håkan and Åsa’s book Det Blå “Blue is the most loved color in the West”.
Indeed there are tones of blue everywhere here. And even more coming up!
Pennants by artist Mia Olsson.
This kind of re-design. Stumbled on the work of Gothenburg based furniture designer Emil Roiivar the other day. Actually his studio is based in the same house where I live. Hope to be able to show you more of his work further on!
Meeting and fika at the Da Matteo. The details of the bike outside Artelleriet.
The willows will last for ever, with no water.
Wasted Rita is not bored. Anti-everything.
Congratulation La Casita de Wendy for the new collection, it looks great!
Josabeth Sjöberg, 1812 – 1882.
Swedish Mamsell Sjöberg (Mademoiselle Sjöberg) earned her living as a music teacher and portrayed her every day life in watercolors on her free time. Excellent paintings, amazing interiors. More here.
Below paintings are cropped.
Tack för tipset om Josabeth, Åsa Wettre.
Åsa Wettre not only writes books, her artistry extends widely. I had the luxury to browse thick binders with documentation of her art the other day. Unfortunatley I have no paintings to show you, but I can tell you that they are great. Much like a Swedish Grandma Moses. I do have the pleasure to show you some of her old textile works though. Like the weave above and the handmade textile printings below.
Close up: “The blue family”.
The chest is not Åsa’s work but had to be shown anyway.
As I wrote in the last post, textile artist Åsa Wettre has recently launch a new book about old Swedish quilts Spår av liv (Traces of life). A treasure really. It was so great to get a glimpse of some of them in real life. Several of the them was as striking on the backside as on the front.
There is no doubt that Åsa Wettre has always loved textiles. As a child she went to fabric stores with her mother to feel and look. Becoming a textile artist seems to have been a natural choice. In her book Spår av liv (Traces of life) Åsa let us know as much as possible about the quilts, about the people and stories around them. Most of the quilts in the book are sewn sometime between the late 1800s and up until the 1930s. Around one hundred quilts are included in the new book, but it could have been considerably higher. Åsa’s first book, Gamla svenska lapptäcken (Old Swedish Quilts) came about 20 years ago. She has also filled Liljevalch‘s all twelve halls with quilts.