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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
The Da Matteo cafés are definitely the best ones in town. Coffee drinkers, including the husband, says that the coffee is exceptionally good here. The hot chocolate is tasty as well, speaking from own experience. Friendly staff and great atmosphere. Yes this is a good place to go if you are up to a fika in Gothenburg.
The combination Da Matteo + Amalia Kenamets was a treat when we went to Sprängkullsgatan’s Da Matteo (there are three Da Matteo cafés in town) on Sunday. Amalia Kenamets is an artist who works with sculpture, painting and textiles. The exhibition is up until 30 Januari, 2014.
+ Worth a visit alone is the amazing theater chairs (?) upstairs.
Ah this is so beautiful. Fabric mâché handmade art and more, at artist Brydie Brown’s Instagram. Unique pieces from recycled materials and vintage fabrics, also in her shop.
Want to try Papier-mâché with fabric your self? Learn how to here.
Claire Loder is my idol. Now she will be showing a small collection of sculptures (including the piece above titled ‘Lippy’) alongside Wesley Anderegg and Cheryl Tall at Obsidian Gallery in Arizona until 5 January 2014. More about the exhibition here. And Claire’s blog.