Welcome to Vevringutstillinga exhibition at Vevring, Norway, Friday 17th til Sunday, 11:00 til 18:00. Two of my works will be exhibited, the digital weave tapestry The Glacier and Fjord, Baby! – a Video/Textile Installation as a tribute to Vevring.
Summer holidays are over, and with the sunshine in my heart I am starting my production phase. Back lays half a year of planning, organizing and ordering. I unpacked quite some boxes of materials, and now it is time to use them. Next delivery of materials will contain fine metal thread cu/ag 0,06mm, stainless steal thread 0,07mm, more el – wire, different kinds of colors and qualities of flaxthread, … . I started production of 3 big works, – a light textile installation, a sound textile installation, and an interactive fiber installation. The picture shows a photo of a model i made and put in an architecture model, to check proportions of one of he works.
I will be part of 2 group exhibitions this autumn: 2 of my works will be shown at the Vevringutstilling in Vevring / Norway, 17 – 19 of september, and another 2 at a travelling exhibition, with opening in sogndal, the 23rd of october.
Next week I will be visiting bergen, for an intense weaving week with the digital TC1 loom. There I will produce a big digital weaving, that later I will use for my light Installation.
The Thread Controler, TC-1 Loom, is developed and produced by Tonrud Engineering, Norway. The digital weaving machine allows you to create designs that usually require a Jaquard Loom. Jaquard is a technique where you can control every single shaft unlike the traditional shaft weaving looms.
I use the machine to weave out my designs I create via my computer. I take photos, edit them in Photoshop and create a weave-able file for the TC-1 Loom. It is like printing out a picture with textile threads.
3D weavings, – project from 2001, Berlin.
I constructed little weaving models, where I used metal for the weft that and a flexible black colored cotton yarn for the chain. Because of the metal elements, such as bands, spirals and so on, which I found on a scrap yard, the woven fabric gets somehow stable and flexible. It can be transformed from the 2D surface into a 3D object. This technique of weaving, with a stable forming element as a weft, can be used for creating architecture. The walls get a new shape, creating a new type of facades, thus new spaces.
I brought the textile weaving technique into another context for building up architectural spaces, trying to create a new modern language of spaces for the needs of today.
Future Textiles project with Création Baumann and UDK, Berlin, Bern 2000
Aim was a the production of functional textiles and the conception of a collection, that coherent either reflection, acoustic or technical optic. Creation Baumann supplied innovative yarns, like holographic yarns, reflective-, thin lightweight metal-, paper- and other hybrid and synthetic yarns. Aim was to create a collection of textiles, that can be used in modern architecture.
It was an intense and fantastic project. An international selected team of students from Germany and Lithuania joined that project, and we learned how to weave with innovative very thin yarn, that is used for mass production of textiles. additional courses of how to experiment with yarn, to manipulate, destroy, paint / Color Stream Pigments from Merck AG, print etc with it – and to color yarn, was helping to create a collection.
We visited Creation Baumann, and innovative other companies in switzerland, that produce garn and textiles / Schöller Textiles, carpets / Ruckstuhl and embroidery / F. Rohner in StGallen. Ruckstuhl is worldwide known for its production of environmetal friendly carpets and Rohner for its outstanding and stunning high class quality embroidery that is seen on Haute Couture all over the world, f ex Christian Dior.
Polysight Reflection textiles are transparent and semitransparent fabrics, that deal with the topic of reflection, transparency and visibility. The weavings have changing effects in color, reflection and transparency. I used polyester mono filaments, metal, plastic, holographic and light reflecting yarns as well as wool. Depending on the point of view and the time of day, the textiles have a different look. They appear like a semitransparent colored fabric or as a transparent light fabric. The use of the fabric is for modern architecture, with its huge glass facades and the cold appearance of concrete. Its function lays in to regulate the sun´s impact into the building, to cool down the room climate, and to regulate the working privacy of the inside for outside viewers. In the evening the textiles turns transparent and the building opens up to the outside. The textile can be used as window panels, room dividers or curtains.
What I love about spinning is, that you can put -almost- whatever – you – want – to – have – in it , as long as it fits through the orifice. Here I started something I want to continue. My Lost and Found Mood series. Stuff I take with me from places I visit. Places that later became part in my Installations and in my creative art practice. It is a nice way to capture a mood. Not only with materials, it is a collection of senses. Here I used stuff I found at the baltic see, northsea and around the Fjords. I mixed it with japanese paper garn, horsehair, transparent synthetic filament, different wires of fishing net … .
A hand-spun yarn, where I used/recycled old fabrics and teared them into thin stripes that I later could wrap around a pre-spun yarn. As well I used old textile with silk screen printings on, yarn, etc. Its very fun to produce that type of yarn, you recycle your fabrics, it is like a clean up. Maybe I should call it clean up yarn.
Sneak preview of my first conductive yarn spinning results. I tried different technics, and different approaches to make them conductive. Some have a thin metal thread core (hidden), some have the metal thread/wire wrapped around the core (very loose coil spinning), some have metal splitters from stuff I found at the scrapyard (special stainless steal scrap yards…), some are a combination of it all. Now I am eager to produce conductive handspunn yarn, with the very thin metal wire I recently received samples for and in thinner quality.
Electric Fairy tale, Material: Metal wire core, Metal wire wrapping, baby mohair, wool, turquoise yarnsplitter
Electric Glitter, Material: stainless steal splitter, yarn splitter, mohair, wool / shetland tops / leicester tops / , flax
Electric Jazz, Material: metal wire core, metal wire wrapping, wool / shetland tops, Bluefaced leicester tops
Picture of el-wire. It ll glow blue, according to the amount of voltage. I will make some experiments with this yarn, I want to bring light into weaving. I ordered it at PlugandWear, an internet shop for materials and tools for el-textile. I met Riccardo owner of it at the Worklab with Diffus in Oslo, at Atelier Nord.