Category Archives: Textile Art

KONSTFACK SPRING EXHIBITION ’12

Vernissage: 16th of May 2012, Konstfack (Stockholm)

A glimpse in photographs from the opening of the spring exhibition at Konstfack last Wednesday. The exhibition is open until Sunday 27th of May. Stay tuned for more photographs and interviews!

 Live show & performance by Dyke Hard

“The ceremony” by Tobias Larsson

“I wasn’t allowed to wear black” by Liv Pettersson

“Lugnt, Stillsamt, Vackert” by Julia Dalgren

“PATTERN ATTACK” by Lisa Dalenius

“Smara” by Emma Persson

“Girls Club” by Karin Kakan Hermansson

“Happy meal” by Supawan Sihapoompichit

Work by Ida Bentinger

“Extensions, retractions, and missing parts” by Bianca Niabuco

“Ramené” by Emilie Florin

Work by Yusi-Chen

Work by Jonna Fransson

Photographs by Konsthopp

You can check out Konstfack´s 2011 exhibition here and here!

Artists: Newly graduates with Bachelor and Master degrees from Konstfack

Date: 16th – 27th of May 2012

Place: Konstfack, Telefonplan, Stockholm

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COTTON RAGS

On-going: 21st of January – 5th of February 2012, Íslensk Grafík (Reykjavik)

Do you ever think about the material behind each art work? Where it might come from?

Well, it might come from your old t-shirt, your parent´s floral bedspread or — even — your grandmother´s curtain.

The above pieces are woven with cotton rags. Each piece is approximately 1m²

Photographs by Konsthopp

Cotton is today grown all over the world but is most often associated with India. Anna María Lind, the artist behind these textile work, met her curator, Deborah Kraak, last summer. Their meeting led to collaboration where Anna Lind wove and Deborah wrote.

The curator explained the cotton journey in the exhibition catalogue:

… After spinning, cotton yarns are woven or knitted into fabrics which are then dyed or printed. Production is now global, often from the industrially developing parts of the world. Even a simple T-shirt may be the work of several countries´labors: to grow the cotton, spin it, weave it, cut it into pattern pieces, and fashion it into garment.

— Deborah Kraak

Keep this in mind, next time you buy yourself a 10€ T-shirt at H&M!

Date: 21st of January – 5th of February 2012

Artist: Anna María Lind Geirsdóttir and Deborah Kraak

Place: Íslensk Grafík (Icelandic Printmakers´ Association Gallery), Tryggvagata 17, Reykjavík

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(Ó)SÝN

On-going: 19th of November 2011 – 8th of January 2012, Gerðarsafn (Kópavogur)

The cover of the 2nd issue of Endemi

Endemi is a new magazine covering Icelandic contemporary art, with a special focus on Icelandic female artists. Affairs on equal rights has been the magazine focal point from the start. The main goal of the editors policy is to make art more accessible to the public and to work towards a more gender-balanced media coverage of art in Iceland.

To celebrate the second issue of the magazine, a group exhibition was recently launched at Gerðarsafn — a proper place for the editors policy — but the museum is dedicated to Gerður Helgadóttir, one of the most prominent Icelandic female artist of the 20th century. In the exhibition (Ó)sýn, fourteen artists were chosen to display their work, twelve women and three men. This unequal gender proportion is supposed to reflect — conversely — the usual 70/30% (70 male /30 female) gender imbalance in management of corporations, state power and the art world in Western countries.

From the exhibition (Ó)sýn

A photograph by Anna Líndal

A painting by Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurðardóttir

I´m already looking forward to see the third issue of Endemi but the magazine is for sale in all major bookstores in Iceland. Personally, I think the magazine is a great and very needed addition to the limited media coverage on contemporary art in Iceland.

Thanks for us!

Photographs by Konsthopp

Date: 19th of November 2011 – 8th of January 2012

Curators: Ragnhildur Jóhannsdóttir and Selma Hreggviðsdóttir

Artists: Anna Líndal, Ásta Ólafsdóttir, Guðrún Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir, Eva Ísleifsdóttir, Katrín Sigurðardóttir, Elín Hansdóttir, Þorvaldur Jónsson, Sara Björnsson, Gjörningarklúbburinn, Greg Barret, Birgir Snæbjörn Birgisson and Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurðardóttir

Place: Gerðarsafn, Hamraborg 4, Kópavogur

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TOP TEN ART EVENTS OF 2011

Highlights of the year

The first year of Konsthopp has been challenging, exciting and certainly eventful. Over the last couple of months we have visit over two hundred art exhibitions in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and U.K. These exhibitions have been in three descriptive words; wicked, weird and wild. The list below, our highlights of the passing year, includes the three w — and everything in between.

We are already turning our eyes to 2012 and looking forward to it.

Dear readers, thank you for your trusty support and happy new year!

/Írena & Ingunn

#1 Suitable Suits

(Elin Eng; Galleri KG52)

#2 Dreams of Salikon

(Lindalovisa Fernqvist; Meeting ROOM)

#3 Lord of the castle itch yes

(Leif Holmstrand; CHRYSTAL)

#4 De gamla grekiskorna

(Christian Sandell; ID:I galleri)

#5 Back and Forth

(Gatëan Rusquet; ANTI Festival)

#6 Dance Drawings

(Meghann Snow; Young Art)

#7 Devoured

(Johnny Boy Eriksson; Wetterling gallery)

#8 Pure Evil

(Pure Evil; The Scarlett Gallery)

#9 Help Young Worlds

(Ad de Jong; Gallery 1857)

#10 Again words will pass through our bodies, above our heads

(Jenny Grönvall; Studio 44)

Photographs by Konsthopp

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DECADE OF FASHION

Closed: 13th of November 2011, Gerðarsafn (Kópavogur)

And more about fashion.

Iceland´s fashion designers have been flourishing ever since the economy crashed in 2008. The broken economy led to lower rents on Laugarvegur, the capital´s most known shopping street, as well as our national devil (the Icelandic currency króna) sided against young designers to move abroad. Once the money disappeared, the fashion industry took on new life. Additionally, many design shops popped up in the city center, attracting both tourists and locals.

Sonja Bent

Mundi

Skaparinn

Sock by Sonja Bent

Photographs by Konsthopp

The exhibition was extensive and featured some of today´s best Icelandic fashion design. The Icelandic Fashion Council held the exhibition but the organization recently celebrated their tenth anniversary.

And the promise of Icelandic design keeps on rising…

Date: 8th of October – 13th of November 2011

Designers: Áróra, Ásta Creative Clothes, Farmers Market, Birna, Lúka Art & Design, Skaparinn, Shadow Creatures, ELM, Kurl Projekt, Eva María Árnadóttir, Eygló, Go with Jan, MUNDI, Gust, Guðmundur Jörundsson, Andersen & Lauth, Hanna Felting, Ziska, Ígló, KronKron, IBA-The Indian in Me, Jbj design, Kalda, REY, Forynja, Lykkjufall, Sonja Bent, Path of Love, Sunbird, Thelma, Spaksmannsspjarir, Eight of Hearts, Vera and Sruli Recht.

Place: Gerðarsafn, Hamraborg 4, Kópavogur

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“SUITABLE SUITS”

Closing: 20th of November 2011, Galleri KG52 (Stockholm)

The suit. To suit something. It actually has it origins with the word of sequi. A Latin word for to follow. 

How very interesting.” (Elin Eng)

Along with some friends, I was on my way from another exhibition when I got a recommendation from my roommate to check out an opening of a newly graduated textile artist. “It’s good! and they have candy too” was the info I got.

It was really an eye-catching sight, walking down the stairs of KG52 last week. The exhibition opens with multiple heads of mannequins hanging from the air. The space is used wisely, creating a mysterious narrative as the viewer walks into the big room — the factory of suits — were headless mannequins dressed in Eng’s design, hang from a “factory-like” clothing carousel. It is a beautiful collection but still there is something creepy about it. Something more profound; more dramatic.

Walking around the room, looking at the different pieces, it felt like our minds altered. We started finding links and references. Questions, thoughts and discussion arose.

“Look at the shoes!” — “Why is the cage open?” — “Oh it doesn’t have a bottom” — And the suits, why are they black and white vs/ color?” — “us vs/ them?” — “Something that unites us?” — “Or divides us?” — “Controles us?” —”Oh and the headless mannequins!” — “The funnel-shaped “glasses” — “Something that guides our vision?” — Or controls it?

Maybe.

It just kept on and on.

According to the artist, her main aspiration with the exhibition “Suitable Suits. Infatuated by the holy quest of growth”, is to create a debate, as she tickles the thoughts and discussion of different patterns of behavior. Questions are raised of “…how we consume and produce fashion and how it relates to our power structures and actions within them”, says Elin Eng.

Among us friends, there were questions, suggestions, thoughts and different opinions when walking throughout the gallery.

To us, Elin Eng had succeeded.

Photographs by Konsthopp

In spring 2011 , Elin Eng graduated with a degree in Fashion design from Textilhögskolan in Borås. Her degree collection “Infatuated by the holy quest of growth” has been a great success as Elin has been given two grants as well as being the winner of this year’s Show Up Fashion Award — Sweden’s most creative fashion competition.

Artist: Elin Eng

Date: 10th – 20th of November 2011

Place: Galleri KG52, Kammakaregatan 52, Stockholm

Opening hours:  Wednesday, 12.00 – 18.00 ; Thursday, 12.00 – 20.00 ; Friday – Saturday, 12.00 – 16.00

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I WAIT BEHIND THE FACTORY GATES …

… for you to finish off the shift

Textile in the expanded field by Konstfack Master students

Concern 1 by Anna Nordström

Walking walking dream by Miwa Akabane

Keeping together by Bianca Nabuco

Be civilized by Emma Persson

Pile / Pairs / Scrunch sock

Photographs by Konsthopp

Date: 26th of October – 13th of November 2011

Artists: Bianca Nabuco, Anna Nordström, Emma Persson, Dagmara Stephan, Miwa Akabane, Evelina Hedin, Manja Hunger and Aiko Kubo

Place: Färgfabriken, Lövholmsbrinken 1, Stockholm

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