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Be Inspired by New Textiles & Jewellery From West Sweden

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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 Craft Centre), Sweden. After touring to Settle and Accrington, Textil/Juvel will be open at Woodend in Scarborough, 3rd February - 19th March 2016

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 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.

The artists:

  • 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 Anderson has an international profile, making intriguing and highly detailed large scale jewellery formed 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 Johanneson'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 such as fibre optic lights
  • Linda Maria 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 minimal 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 best of contemporary art and craft to unique venues across East Lancashire, North Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Textil/Juvel has been jointly developed and curated by Chrysalis Arts, Konsthantverkscentrum/The Craft Centre and Grace Whowell

Textil/Juvel: Contemporary Craft from West Sweden opens at Woodend, Scarborough 3rd February until 19th March 2016. Woodend is at the Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW. For more information please visit

Be Inspired by New Textiles & Jewellery From West Sweden Reviewed by Editor on 21:40:00 Rating: 5

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