Textil/Juvel: Contemporary Craft from West Sweden
Be inspired by new textiles and jewellery from West Sweden
Curated by Katarina Karlsson/Konsthantverkscentrum and Grace Whowell
September 2015 – March 2016 **New venue. Textil/Juvel is now open at Berwick Museum in Berwick-upon-Tweed until 10 June 2016**
Textil/Juvel: Contemporary Craft from West Sweden is a stunning and thought provoking exhibition of contemporary jewellery and textiles from seven leading makers, reflecting current trends in Swedish making. Textil/Juvel is the fourth in the Art Unpacked series of exhibitions from Chrysalis Arts, and has been devised with Konsthantverkscentrum -The Crafts Centre, Sweden.
The artists in Textil/ Juvel weave together a high level of skill and story, combining traditional techniques and new technologies to explore our relationship with the world. The exhibition demonstrates how artists from West Sweden are taking their rich craft heritage to forge new ways of working, using natural materials- seeds, wood, appropriated machine made objects and finely crafted metal and textiles. Textil/Juvel is a snapshot of a dynamic craft movement in Sweden, concerned with the natural world and our impact on it.
When and where
15 September – 1 November 2015 The Folly, Settle
10 November 2015 – 27 January 2016 Accrington Library
3 February – 19 March 2016 Woodend, Scarborough
Please check individual venue opening times before visiting
- Annika Andersson works with advanced double-weave techniques to create artworks which use traditionally inspired motifs to create striking wall and floor based carpets
- Karin Roy Andersson is a long distance runner who uses similarly repetitive actions to make intriguing and highly detailed large scale jewellery formed from seeds and other non-precious materials.
- Linus Björnberg is a recent graduate, representing a new generation of makers in Sweden. His work takes textiles out of the gallery, with suits made from mass produced bags, worn to interact with an audience.
- Jessica Johannesson’s woven sculptural work sometimes seem like pods or seeds, sometimes like found or appropriated forms, each with a story to tell.
- Maria Ray Johansson creates finely constructed textile pieces, often for specific architectural spaces, combining an intuitive process with technology.
- Linda Marie Karlsson describes her jewellery as “frozen moments of nature”, taking fallen wood, electroplating it and combining it with other materials to give it new life through wear.
- Sanna Svedestedt’s leather jewellery pieces “are explorations of both time and material”. The forms belie the complexity of the process: “I like to see how far I can push the material – and my time.”
Katarina Karlsson, KHVC, says:
“Konsthantverkscentrum/ The Crafts Centre is thrilled about the collaboration with Chrysalis Arts and the opportunity to show contemporary textiles and jewellery from West Sweden in Yorkshire and Lancashire . The participating designer-makers represent Swedish craft through several ways of working. We hope the exhibition will arouse the curiosity of what is created in Sweden and lead to new experiences and ideas on crafts.”
This exhibition is the fourth Art Unpacked exhibition, a series of touring contemporary art exhibitions created by Chrysalis Arts. Art Unpacked brings the very best of contemporary art and craft to unique venues across East Lancashire, North Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire.
See our Events page for information about artist talks and activities.
Konsthantverkscentrum -The Crafts Centre, is the largest crafts organisation in Sweden and represents over 800 active professional craft artists all over the country. Their mission is to promote the makers and their work and is the Swedish representative in the World Crafts Council and part of the European organisation network. Konsthantverkscentrum is also part of the Nordic network of craft organisations – NNCA. www.konsthantverkscentrum.org
Grace Whowell is an independent curator who works with galleries, museums and arts agencies to curate high quality contemporary craft and design based exhibitions.