Märta Måås-Fjetterström started her own textile workshop in Båstad in 1919. She created original designs for rugs and tapestries, woven by skilled weavers. Her first designs were in a typical contemporary national romanticist tradition with influences from Art Nouveau. After discovering the local folk art and her own studies of oriental carpets she developed her own ever freer and more assured style of design, which made her work into something internationally unique and important. In 1934 she made, at the age of 60, her definitive breakthrough with the Swedish art critics with a large exhibition at Liljevalchs Public Art Gallery in Stockholm.
When Märta Måås-Fjetterström died in 1941, she left some 700 different original designs with working instructions. They constitute an invaluable inheritance for the company to preserve and interpret into new works of art. mmf.se
Vävaren i Båstad weave everything from beautiful tablecloths to napkins, beach towels, towels and bed linen in 100% linen. They manufacture fabrics and linen products in the same way as when they started in 1949. They are proud of their products that are environmentally-friendly, have long life and a beautiful lustre. vavarenibastad.se
Bodil’s bod/Bääh design. Bodil and her husband took over the farm Sköna Torp in 1996. Since then, their philosophy has then been to manage the landscape where they live and their knowledge about wool and leather craftsmanship in the best way possible. Their goal is to take full advantage of what the sheep can bring. In September, when the sheep are shorn, they send their finest wool to be spun while other parts of the wool are saved for tanning. At the farm, they have a small shop where they sell their wool and sheepskin products. bodilsbod.se
Orangeriet at Norrvikens Trädgårdar. Orangeriet is situated in Villa Abelin, a 19th Century residence in the period gardens of Norrvikens Trädgårdar. Orangeriet serve carefully prepared lunches inspired by the best selection of the season. norrvikenbastad.se
The textile wealth of the Skåne region – presented by Annhelén Olsson
In Skåne there is a large amount of amazing fine folk art preserved from the period 1750 – 1850. It includes painted furniture, silver, ceramics and above all textiles; cushions, pillows and blankets are woven in complicated techniques or embroidered in fancy designs. You will be on a colourful journey among stars, flower wreaths, unicorns and deer.
Annhelén Olsson has worked as handicraft consultant at Hemslöjden i Skåne for 30 years and for the past ten years also been CEO of Skåne Hemslöjdsförbund. Together with her colleagues, she works on behalf of the region of Skåne to develop handicrafts as a cultural expression and make them available for all.
A Deeper Look at Wool – presented by Alan Waller
Alan Waller will talk about the origins and development of the domestic sheep based on modern mitochondrial DNA research in Finland, which shows why the wool of Nordic breeds and breeds in United Kingdom are very different, despite the fact that the countries are quite close to each other. He will also present animations to show exactly what happens between the fibres during the felting process.
Alan Waller is, among other things, a writer and is considered one of Sweden’s leading experts in wool. When he came from England to Sweden as a student over 50 years ago, he ended up in an internship at Wåhlstedt’s spinning mill where he was so fascinated by wool that he later started his own spinning mill. He has since then given many talks, lectures and seminars on wool.
The Nomadic Way of Felt – presented by Yvonne Habbe
An overnight stay in a yurt in the state of Tuva in Russia sowed the seed that started her interest in wool and felt making, now her main employment. In recent years she has repeatedly worked with large textile pots and reflected on the person´s luggage. A large part of the present-day population move like nomads between different places and constantly consider what they are going to carry and what to leave behind. She often travels with heavy luggage and sometimes wishes she could pack herself into the bag. From there came the thought of felting a pot with enough room to accommodate herself.
Yvonne Habbe is a textile artist working full time in Gotland with wool and felting. She has a degree in archeology and cultural heritage, which links her creative work with its history. She works mainly as a teacher at various art and craft schools over Sweden, with some workshops outside the country.
A Kyrgyzstan World Heritage: The Yurt and its Carpets – presented by Kerstin Paradis Gustafsson
In 2011 and 2014, the felted carpets from Kyrgyzstan became part of UNESCO’s list of world heritage for preserving old traditional knowledge. Kerstin has visited Kyrgyzstan several times since 1990 and has been involved in the production of the amazing Shirdak carpets that create the colourful interior of yurts. She will show images and explain how the carpets are made and about the wool of the sheep that are used for both the yurts and carpets.
Kerstin Paradis Gustafsson has both a textile and an artistic education. She works as a textile artist, tutor, lecturer and author. Her area of interest is mainly wool, spinning, weaving and felting. Kerstin has travelled to Bulgaria, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Peru, where she contacted elderly women to share and document their great textile experience. Even as an artist, she uses all these expressions. Kerstin has written several books on textile materials, especially wool, and textile culture history and symbols in textiles. kerstinparadis.se
From the sheep pasture to the National Gallery – presented by Gunilla Paetau Sjöberg
Gunilla tells us about her life with sheep and felt. From her childhood in Finland to projects in Mongolia and Belarus and works for public buildings in Sweden.
Gunilla Paetau Sjöberg is an artist and teacher, who early realized the possibilities of felt making in an artistic contexts. Her textile sculptures has been exhibited at museums and art galleries in Sweden and abroad, from Mongolia in the East to USA in the West. She is represented at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm (Sweden’s museum of arts & design), and has also performed public artworks. Through her inspiring and educational book New Directions for Felt: An Ancient Craft, courses and lectures, she has conveyed the secrets and joy of felt making to other.
The workshops will be held in one of two venues:
1. Hemslöjden’s premises in Landskrona based in the old railway station or
2. Kulturskolans about 10–15 min walk from Hemslöjden/Hotel Öresund
All workshops will be in English.
Materials will be available to buy either directly from the tutor (cash only) or from the Hemslöjden shop (cash or card). You will receive more details after you have booked. The cost of materials varies depending on the workshop and is listed in Swedish Kronor (SEK).
Yvonne Habbe – Small, Multi Facetted Sculptural Objects
Inspired by the symmetry of nature, students will explore felting 3-dimensional sculptural objects from templates which in themselves are 3-dimensional. You will design and experiment with your own template, exploiting the mouldable elasticity of the felt by shrinking, stretching, pressing and thereby achieving felted items of a good and stable quality. Through experiment and manipulation you will get a feeling for how the template´s design affects the finished object. The result is a pure object of art to enjoy and stimulate inspiration for using the technique to create unusual and creative practical items.
Material cost: approx 100 SEK
Yvonne Habbe is a textile artist based in Gotland, working full time with wool and felting. She has a degree in archeology and cultural heritage which links her creative work with its history. She works mainly as a teacher at various art and craft schools over Sweden, with some projects outside the country. She teaches beginners as well as advanced felt makers who want to progress their skills. Her process is playful and exploratory, concentrating on high sustainable quality of material, form and design. Her projects focus on exhibitions with an emphasis on art and sculpture both large and small. habbe.nu
Erik Torstensson – Felt a Fleece
To felt a fleece, rather make a ‘vegetarian’ fleece, is a technique where the curls are retained to produce a result that looks very similar to a leather fleece but consists only of felted wool. There are two advantages to this technique; the sheep survives to produce more wool and uses fleece that is usually difficult to spin or felt. The fleece is waterproof, can be used on outdoor furniture and is machine washable. On this one-day course, using Swedish wool, Gotland wool curls and Swedish “finull” underneath, you will be able to create a fleece each but will work in pairs to prevent the felting process being too heavy, so you will repeat the process twice with your partner. Once you have learned the basic technique, you can adapt it for three-dimensional projects such as smaller seat cushions.
Material cost: approx 450 SEK
Erik Torstensson is a textile artist and popular teacher whose main focus is feltmaking and spinning at, amongst others, Ullakademin (Wool Academy) and Spinn-Akademin (Spinning Academy) at Kyrkerud Folkhögskola. Textile sculptures and three-dimensional objects are often the focus in his artistic work. This summer, Erik exhibited at the Gotland Art Museum and Not Quite in Fengersfors. Other examples of commissioners include Liljevalch’s Art gallery, Svenska Hemslöjdsföreningars Riksförbund and the school of Handarbetets Vänner. manofwool.com
Vera Fredriksen Zhotkevich – Felting with Swedish Wool
Nordic and Swedish wool is known for its fine felting qualities. With a natural blend of finer fibres and coarser fibres, the wool provides both a stable and glossy result. During this workshop, you will be able to test different varieties of Swedish wool and get practical tips on how to handle them for the best results. You will also review how to distinguish the different wool types, both unwashed and washed, and how to combine them for different results.
Material cost: approx 400 SEK
Vera Frederiksen Zhotkevich is a felt-maker and textile artist born and educated in St.-Petersburg and living in Sweden since 2007. She works with materials from nature and likes to shape and arrange the feeling and experience that she finds in the barren Nordic nature; its harsh beauty and the wealth of impressions you get from it. This year one of Vera’s works was selected as The Best Object in exhibition at Feltro e Tessitura, Cavareno in Italy and she is a well-respected tutor at, amongst others, Borås Textilmuseum and the Swedish event Kreatov. v-design.se
Eva Berg – Traditional Wool Embroidery from Skåne
During the day, you will get an insight into the shapes and colours of the traditional wool embroidery from Skåne. The embroideries are filled with stunning flowers and narrative motifs. It is free embroidery made with wool thread on a woollen fabric. The techniques can inspire embroidery on felt – or just as it is on wool fabric. You can try the embroidery’s different stitches and motifs. Eva will also show different methods for transferring a pattern to the fabric.
Material costs: approx 200 SEK
Eva Berg works as Manager for the shop at Hemslöjden Skåne AB. She has studied ethnology and art science, and is also an educated handicraft consultant. Eva has a deep knowledge of the handcraft traditions on Skåne and has published articles on both ironwork and textiles. She is a highly respected tutor in the traditional wool embroidery in Skåne, both in Sweden and Japan for 20 years. Eva has embroidered many copies of old broderies, but she also composes her own designs with the inspiration of the old. Folk art and popular expressions from different cultures and also the art of re-use are a constant source of inspiration. “To use a needle and thread and make free embroidery from the heart is joy.” hemslojdenskane.se