Question of the day
Would anybody know what this is?
Vitiði hvað þetta er?
The correct answer will be published on November 6th unless somebody gives the correct answer before.
Rétt svar verður birt 6. nóvember, nema einhver komi með rétt svar fyrir þann tíma.
Today is november the 6th and the name of the item is:
Í dag er 6. nóvember og heiti tólsins á mörgum tungumálum er:
Eng reed hook
Da ritteblad, rittekrog
Fi pirtakoukku, kaidenkoukku
De Einziehmesser, Einreihehaken
And the device is used to draw threads through the reed. The reed is a device in the loom that keeps the warp organized in certain amount of threads/width.
Þetta tól er notað til að draga þræði í vefskeið. Vefskeið er tól í vefstólnum sem að heldur uppistöðunni í ákveðinn fjölda þráða/breidd.
What happened in 1970?
What happened was that my mum and I were on a visit in Kristinestad/ Kristiinankaupunki in Finland. We went to my grandmother's cousin Imbi's house, where she was weaving as usually. And what an adventure. I was allowed to touch the loom. And look my eyes are closed while cherishing the strength of the loom. This day made up my mind: I had to learn how to weave to survive. Strange thought isn't it especially in our modern society when I should have chosen something like engineering to make a career. But I can't get away from it, I don't want to leave my universe of rag rug weaving.
This is where it started 1970
Weaving and marking
About 30 years ago I made a logo for myself and have used it since that. The logo depicts a sheep in who's ears the shape of my first two letters are marked. A and M. You have to look closely to see that. A shuttle is placed with the sheep. I am a great lover of wool and admire sheep and in those days I didn't realize that most of my weaving would be with cotton rags. The Icelandic word vefari means weaver in English.
My interest in goats was already there but has flourished in resent years as can be seen on the cashmere part of my website.
The logo is sewn on all my rag rugs and you can see it on the image below. An old rag rug that garnishes my floor is seen in the background. I am not sure who wove it, might have been my grandmother in Finland or one of her weaving cousins.
The cousins would assemble and cut the rags and weave rag rugs. Imbi was her cousin that was a professional rug rag weaver. In her house in the small town Kristinestad in W Finland I touched a loom for the first time in my life at the age of 8. My mother photographed that moment. I will find the image and show it here on the blog.
Photographing Rag Rugs is fun. And to show close ups of them too.
A Rag Rug is depth. The closer you get the more different hues you see and texture.
Sometimes the aim, when weaving, is to make a field that seems even to the eye when you are in a certain distance.
But seeing it from near is always a different adventure. That is the fantastic, great fun thing in creating them!
Art and Craft Fair
November 1st - 5th there is the annual Art and Craft Fair in Reykjavik. This year I applied and have been granted a stand. I will take my Rag Rugs along and see if I can charm the visitors :) If you want to see more about the fair I think the best option is to look at their website . There is a lot to prepare for such an event. Not just the pieces but also pictures, chair, table ( how high, how wide etc?), brochure or not, visiting card what size and so on.
This also forces me to scrutinize myself, how I present myself and my work. I am very lucky to have a friend who will aid me with these arrangements. Her name is Þuríður Helga Jónasdóttir, she is an interior architect and she has a website . Her website is in Icelandic but if you press on the different options on the index bar you will see pictures and they describe what she is doing.
This picture on the left might be one of the pics that I will show at my stand at the fair. This is myself weaving.
Autumn piece finished. Look!
I think I have succeeded with an autumn piece. Look. I set it up in the garden with the grass that is still green and the leaves of the birches that are the colours I was looking for. Also the colours are in the blueberry bushes that I told you about before. The spring piece is also out of the loom, blue and cool with the faint colours of the spring life contemplating getting out of the winter slumber into the embrace of the sun.
I am pleased. I hope it doesn't sound like bragging, I hope it sounds like being simply pleased with many days thinking, toiling, wondering, hesitating and making decisions. Being a creator.
If you look further down this blog you can see photographs I made during a spring hike that was the inspiration for the spring piece. The blue of the sky and faint colours of the earth and plants.
Anna María Lind, MA Textile Art Winchester School of Art.