provoking crochet

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Finally my crocheted work of art is completed! I call it samtid:pektid, in english it would be something like contemporary:pointingtime.

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Work of art by Torhild

It consists of two pieces which communicate with each other.  The black fabric with a delicate black crocheted lace covers three lines of words. This piece is a reply to the purple.

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Those are the pattern for the seventh crochet turn in the lace (that might be the proper word for a “varv” is swedish).

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The purple lace is distorted, disrupted and, perhaps, mad.

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art museum and the webb

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I have taken a day off from work to write an article about art museum and the webb for the Swedish organisation Konstfrämjandet and the project about art education Konstbildning.

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Torhild writes about art and the webb

Today, everyone relates to the webb in one or another way. The art museums do too. But how? My main concern is how the museums use the web and, as I believe, the opportunity to narrow the distance between art and people.
Tate in London is the leading museum in presenting art on the Internet. I just love their videos! I now know a lot of the exhibition about the late Turner, just by watching the short film on the Tate site.
Tate has of course inspired me when I have produced my own videos about art, on the You tube-channel Torhild Konst.

http://m.youtube.com/channel/UClpEgBl7eTgn5sqtyLiKOHQ

silk stainless steel

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I have recieved questions about the yarn I am using for my crochet for the moment. The yarn is more like a sewing thread, that is, very thin. It is a silk yarn, called silk stainless steel made by Habu in New York/Kyoto.

I mostly use black but I also love the colour Violet.

In Swedish it is called Silkstål, I buy it at Garnverket.

late night crochet

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Covered in my duvet I was crocheting late last night. I have a deadline coming up and have to finish the two laces I am working on.

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The black lace will be sewn on a black fabric to form a mourning veil.

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The purple, twisted, distorted lace is troubeling me. I still have a lot of work to do before it is completed.

My aim is to apply for an exhibition which is open for all sorts of art work, Liljevalchs Vårsalong, which take place in Stockholm in spring. My chances are tiny but I enjoy trying.

The art work pinpoints our race for more. The pointing is central, hence the pointed finger in the purple lace.

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superb lace making

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My mother, Ingar Trulsson, is a superb lace maker, using the old method “knyppling”. For the moment she is creating a boat,  inspired by the story about the russian ruler Rurik.

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Knyppling

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Pattern for the art work

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I wish I could do this! I know the basics but that’s it. Unfortunately.

The lace is truly an art work! Just look at this:

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Lace making by my mother Ingar Trulsson

birch bark bag mending

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I have a perfect bag for my lap top. It is made of birch bark, näver in swedish. Unfortunately it has been worn and some of the strands of birch bark are broken.

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Sadly the corner is completely broken

So I decided to mend it. I do believe in mending instead of just throwing, buying, throwing, buying endlessly.

I have used leather in different brown colours, I cut the material in bands as wide as the originals.

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Mended corner using leather bands

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vintage shoe-problem

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I need help. I have bought yet another pair of vintage shoes. They are a pair of Attila-shoes made in Tampere / Tammerfors in Finland.

The shoes are so beautiful with plenty of wonderful details, very wellmade and not too worn.

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But the problem is that the leather feels a bit dry and fragile and I do not know how to treat them. I need to carefully clean the shoes and then apply some sort of moisture. Perhaps a mink oil for shoes which I have used on similar vintage shoes. But will they be miscoloured? I love the light grey with a tiny lilac tone. Vintage-lovers: Please, do you have any advice?

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Vintage shoes

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Damien Hirst’s Psalms

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I really enjoyed going to work today. On my schedule was a visit to McCabe fine art gallery in Stockholm for an exhibition with art works by Damien Hirst. It was an exclusive first preview for the press. I am writing about the show for the newspaper of the Church of Sweden where I work as a reporter and art critic.
The art works on display are Damien Hirst’s The psalms. Every piece is referring to a psalm in the Old testament, Psaltaren. 150 art works, as many as the psalms. And they are all made of wings from butterflies, laid out in a perfect pattern.
Hirst is mostly famous for his animals restored in big tanks filled with formaldehyd, the shark with a big gap for example.
David, who wrote the psalms in the Bible turned to God in despair. The psalms were actually prayers. Damien Hirst turns us towards the creation, to what is around us. But he fanatically arrange the reality, like an old school scientist who would like to reach an understanding of reality, and even discover it’s purpose.
There has been a shift in the hierarchy of reality – from trust in God to trust in man. But the power of human is an illusion, we can never rule the world.  Unfortunately, when we think too highly of ourselves we get blind for the basic conditions of life – only one consequence is our exploitation of nature.

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Art work from The Psalms by Damien Hirst

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