Out of the Blue

Met with my Artrovert colleagues recently to create “Out of the Blue” – a new artists’ book.

What’s the subject? It takes place deep down below the surface – literally and metaphorically.

H.C. Andersen once described the it: “Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep, indeed, that no cable could fathom it: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above. There dwell the Sea King and his subjects.”

In other words, the scene is set somewhere between imaginative adventures, and depth psychology where, according to C. C. Jung, large bodies of water (oceans, lakes, pools) symbolize the unconscious and our emotions. As with the ocean, we often see the surface, but cannot easily see into the depths.

However, it’ is in the stream of emotions we experience being connected with other people in what Jung called the collective unconscious.

These are the layers we circle around in our recent piece “Out of the Blue”, now ready for shipping to  Italy.

((Some of the) photos: Thanks to Lis & Giuli)😉

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Sewing Wrap

Just finished the little piece of needlework I started last weekend at the slow-stitch class at Loop’s and – inspired by Claire – made it into a quilted sewing wrap for my essential stitching equippement. I use(d) to carry needles and scissors and little rolls of threads in my pocket or at the bottom of my bag. It usually ends up pretty messed up, but here we go: a new and much more organized and stylish approach!

 

 

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Slow Stitching in London

Home again after a most inspiring course in London with Claire Wellesley-Smith artist, educator and writer, who has specialized in textile art that use local, natural color, created from home-grown and local plants. So for the class Claire had brought a wonderful palette of her home dyed threads and cloths for us to use for our works.

At the course we used simple stitching, plain-sewing and patchwork techniques and studied the collection of old quilt samples, original Japanese Boro pieces, and hand-mended scraps Claire had brought along to illustrate her points of view and for general inspiration and reflexion.

I’m in a totally happy and uplifted mood. A lot of new ideas and material to work with! Not to mention the challenge to establish a daily stitching practice!

It has been such a generous weekend (I also had a little time to visit Lucius & Foxy  ;-)). What a privilege and a gift – to get so much new inspiration and energy to move on with my own textile art work and visions on slow hand stitching.

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NEXT COURSE(S)

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From my collage course last weekend with an exquisite bunch of coursists – look what they created!
Next course in my studio is in ARTISTS’ BOOKS 19.-20. November. There is still room for you. Please, contact me here – or at Facebook  ;-)

But before that I’ll go to London to attend a stitching course. More on the topic later😉

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ARTMONEY IN CPH

Met so many wonderful friends/ colleagues/ nice people yesterday at the annual artmoney exhibition at Galleri 22 in Bredgade, Copenhagen. Lovely day!

Go and see for yourself if you’re in town!😉

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Bookart in Sweden

I have been a few but intensive days in southern Sweden to visit Dalia my lithuanian colleague and friend who lives there and who both can boast with the title bookbinder and supplier to the royal swedish court.

But do not let yourself be fooled by her gentle and delicate features. Dalia is a woman with pure tiger gasoline pumping in her veins! Never have I come so quickly from one place to another – and never has it been in such a precious vessel like this blue Jaguar. (Guess it’s not possible to even think of driving slowly in such a car ???)

Anyway, here comes a few views from my recent days – from Dalias workshop where she just made me a notebook with my name engraved in gold,from a visit to a taxidermist colleague of hers and to a wonderful exhibition of artists’ books – or konbtnärsgjorda böcker as it is called in Swedish – at Lunds Konsthall.

I feel very grateful and completely filled up with inspiration for future projects.

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Plaster

The other day we met again our little “Sculpture School”. This time to experiment with plaster casts.

First we made a series of prints of formation of seeds and other plant material into small clay plates. Then placed the plates in a form (here, old milk cartons) and then poured plaster in and let it harden – till it’s ready for unpacking and further processing. Simple and fun!

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