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Chinese notes – clues to the pillow

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I have been looking for clues to the golden pillow, and so I got this book on loan from the library, It is the catalogue from an exibition in 1995 in Hong Kong with mainly silken textiles from the Ming and Qing dynasties in China. I was looking for dragons but found all kinds of beautiful stuff, colours, form and details instead. —- —- —- Lovely colours and forms, lots of inspiration and snapshots to […]

The golden silk pillow – a part of my story

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I have absolutely no idea where the golden pillow comes from, and why it was one of the few items that I painstakingly have been taking care of for decades. Well, I know sort off why I have been moving it around for so long, sometimes pulling it out of its cover, carefully touching it lightly before returning it to its cover of darkness. It is one of the few things left over from my […]

Aprons – stories of the pocket

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Aprons are a long time stable in the western civilisation – I think we all have seen a picture of an elderly woman in an apron, being busy in the kitchen. I read that a generation or two ago, it was customary to donne an apron when you turned fifty. Somehow both a useful accessory and also a sign of aging. I think that is rapidly changing. But aprons are also for men, the butcher […]

An apron – one of the chosen textiles for Project 1

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So another one of my chosen textiles is an apron. And not any apron – a Marimekko apron, a design Company known for its bold prints. Marimekko is founded in 1951 by a women, Armi Ratia, modern, chic and sophisticated design for women. Marimekko actually means “Mary-dress”. I bought the apron in Helsinki in the summer of 2011 while on a brief vacation. I have had various Marimekko items over the years, the bright colours […]

Project 1 – Selecting and identifying – Part one – 3 chosen textiles

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So here are my 3 chosen textiles for part one. Due to my living in the country side, a fair bit away from any textile archive and also because I would like the opportunity to “live” with the chosen textiles, I have decided to look for archive items in my own home. I have chosen a golden silk pillow of unknown origin, a woolen scarf of known (well almost) origin and an apron of my […]

A definition of textiles and story telling

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A textiles definition could be; An object in 3 dimensions which tries to interpret/support/understand life on this planet. Something you can touch with your body, strong tactile properties Something you can look at Something you can wear Something useful Something you can manipulate with your body in the broadest of sense Something you can hear Something you can survive with Something carrying a story Something that comments on society and the human condition in general […]

Looking for the past

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How odd – I am going to look at an old Golden pillow and at the same time the past came by. A sporadic past I have lived with most of my life – and now in a span of four days – I know more about my adopted mother than I have before – odd is absolutely the best word – and yes, textiles are also a part of it. How come a Golden […]

The Golden pillow

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Shielded from the world in a plastic bag the Golden pillow has always been a part of my life. I don´t think I ever imagined bringing it to life in a textile project. I know very little, almost nothing about my adoptive mothers life before she met my adoptive father in a ripe age of forty something, so the Golden pillow gives a clue to an unknown world. The world between the two great world […]