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Rya Weaving: where does the picture start? (working title)

Keywords:
Labour (violence, emotions, choice, time, money, anonymity) Women ?s work (gender, history, textile)
Weaving (printing-mode, pixel art, hair parting, gravity, material) Rya (fluffy, dusty, resolution, rendering, soft, hairy, pixel)

Supervisor: Jessica Hemmings (Professor of Crafts)
Co - supervisor: Birgitta Nordström (Artist, Weaver, Senior Lecturer, Researcher)

Rya Weaving: Where does the picture start? is a practice-based PhD Artistic Research project in Craft, started in 2016, at HDK. It is an inquiry into woven fiber art´s capacity to magnify and twist a picture. In this case just one picture, in a sequence. The work I intend to weave is from an enlarged 1950´s bokmärke, a collectable card, originally made for young girls to swop in schoolyards, depicting an “ideal child” (happy, white skin, pretty and clean clothes).

My technique is the traditional woven rya, the fluffiest of all woven techniques.
This research project explores the topics of serial repetition, dislocation, manipulation, visual understanding, translations, pixels, and ways of seeing.
The woven picture in textile and fiber materials has something that other pictures do not. My outcome, so far, tells me that the hairy picture triggers feelings of coziness and fluffiness alongside feelings of disgust evoked by dust and dirt. This crossing point reminds us of memories from childhood – like putting our fingers in holes without knowing what is down there.

The project´s written text and rya weaving are made from a personal perspective structured around my interest in subjects of labour, history and time consuming activity.
By ‘thinking through practice’, I hope to define and refine thoughts on weaving in written and woven form that can be useful for further thinking; for research, knowledge, practice, and making, for fellow fiber artists, as well as makers in general and anyone who uses the structure of weaving as a fundament in their own understanding of life.