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.
Look at the variations in these amazing buttons. All hand carved and hand painted by artist Sarah Fulton, Fulton & Co.
You who have followed for a while knows how much I love ceramics which obvoius handmade touch.
The Starling Brood ceramics are handmade “in Brooklyn, NY and sometimes a cabin in the woods”. Artist Mihaeko began the story of Starling Brood 2010 when she worked with singer Björk to design a series of musical instruments.
The Asteroid collection.
Also take a look at the work of:
A n d, the amazing collection of ceramics at the Mr Kitly shop.
Winter, summer no matter what. Can not get enough of Klara Bothén’s mittens.
“Mittens, hand knitted from wool that my mother and grandmother dyed with forest plants and herbs back in 1982. The different names of the colours is the plant or herb that was used for the dyeing.”
The Sri Lankan floor mats are such treats.
Old, worn, discolored textiles gets new life as colorful texile cakes.
I first met Susanna Lundgren aka Susi Lou when shooting this post. Susanna sure is a creative lady. Working with all sorts of creative things. Crafts, photography, music, sewing, graphic design.. Yesterday I met up with her at the nature reserve Delsjön to watch her in action. As you can see she is a master of needle felting as well.
- I just have to be creative all the time because that is what fills my everyday life and the meaning with my life. I’m doing so many different things that it’s hard to choose which way to go. The dircetion comes in phases though. At the moment I’m in a crafting- photography- and sewing period, the music and the touring life is on hold at the moment. My hands are my eyes, I just need to create constantly. I studied music and graphic design but the urge to work with three dimensional forms has always been appealing to me. I will never stop create. I constantly evolving, and I like it. There is nothing better than to create a picture in your head and then turn that image into reality.
- Needle felting is great because it’s almost like working with clay, only it is much more easy to control. You can continue shaping until you get what you want. The more you felt the wool, the harder packed the material will get. That part is what is difficult actually – to stop in time. Because if you work the material too much, it will become lifeless and dull. Wool is a living material. Even if you can keep up with a figure for hours and work with the details for ever there is a limit. You have to know when to quit.
- Needle felting is so much fun. It may look complicated but anyone can do it! Sometimes when I hold workshops I meet people who belive that they are not able to, and then when they try they make something amazing the first thing they do.
Be prepared that you will have bleeding fingers during the process though. On my workshops you can hear a chorus of “ouch, shit, aooo..” all the time ;) But it’s worth it!
My tip is to start work with a little oval ball, then wrap wool around it, and tangle all over while you roll the ball in your hands. Also, it’s importat to believe in yourself!
Susanna will soon open her own Etsy shop. She also makes needle felting on demand. I might hire her to make a mini RUT further on (the little one is coming tomorrow). See Susanna‘s contact details at the bottom of this page
How to felt
A new line of beautifully hand printed duffel bags, by Laura Spring.
Three gems at auction 1, 2 and 3.