Category Archives: art

Instagram favorite – Tyra von Zweigbergk

Are you following genius Tyra von Zweigbergk?


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Henning Trollbäck

“A piece of the wall and wallpaper was missing above a door in our summer house. What to do but paint the missing part by hand. The paint I used was traditional lime paint, with pigment powder mixed to the right colours by hand.”

Ever since I first laid my eyes on this one, I’ve been a fan.
Henning Trollbäck.





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Now this is an exhibition that I would not want to miss

A major retrospective exhibition of the beloved and incredibly creative Swedish artist Carl Johan De Geer. Ledtrådar (Clues), 12 April – 17 August, 2014 at Färgfabriken in Stockholm.

There will also be a shop where to find some of Carl Johan’s designs.

Vice/Carl Johan.

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Josabeth Sjöberg

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.

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The visual artist 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”.


“Left overs”.


The chest is not Åsa’s work but had to be shown anyway.

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Åsa Wettre 2

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.

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Åsa Wettre, quilts and her latest book

Had the honour to met up with Swedish textile artist and author Åsa Wettre the other day. And what a meeting! This lady is creativity personified.

As some of you might know I have a thing for patchwork and as Åsa’s quilt collection is magnificent the meeting was close to dreamlike. In this post and the two coming I’ll give you a little glimpse of what I got to see. Some more quilts are coming up + some of Åsa’s textile designs from the 70′s.


Åsa Wettre’s book Spår av liv (Traces of life) about quilts and their history, was launched last year by publisher Kabusa.

Except for the variation of wonderful quilts, we get to know the stories and destinies that we rarely hear about in the book. About the creators of the arts and crafts. This is Åsa’s second book about Swedish quilts, and I don’t think it would be an understatement to say that Åsa is something of an quilt expert. Since 1989 she has traveled all over the world (over 40 museums and art galleries in Sweden and abroad) with her exhibition Quilts – a cultural treasure.

Other books by Åsa Wettre:

Det Blå (together with Håkan Wettre), 2006.
Gamla svenska lapptäcken (Old Swedish Quilts), 1993, translated into English in 1995.
Änglaboken (together with Håkan Wettre), 1996.

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Book by Malin Gabriella Nordin

One of my favorite contemporary Swedish artists Malin Gabriella Nordin has made a book Private Language.

Nordin invited a group of children were invited to discuss and interpret her collection of sculptures. Each child was met individually to discuss the collection. The children gave their thoughts and added their own drawings and directions. The results of the interaction is shown it this book. Utterly great in every way!

See more photos and get it here.

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Johanna Tagada

I like what I see French artist Johanna Tagada’s site. And this publication, also available at the Tate Modern.

More at her shop Bonjour Supermarket.

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Örnbergsauktionen 2014

“Breaking New Modular System” by Uglycute.


“Puck” by Carina Seth Andersson.


“No Title” by Maria Kristofersson.


“Ordinary Pixel” by Anna Nordström.


“Nazca/Cocos” by Hilda Hellström.


“Ice Fake Marble” by Kakan Hermansson.

There is still time to bid (until 7 February). Örnbergsauktionen.

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