This post was one where I started saving photos to share, but could hardly stop because as I clicked through her feed each new image pleased me even more than the last. Sometimes I think I've chosen the wrong craft to pursue... spools of richly colored threads are so enticing!
I wrote to ask Karin to tell us about herself and her art.
I live in Umeå in the north of Sweden. I recently retired as a lecturer in textile at the University of Umeå. I have been playing and working with textile in different ways all my life. My work is continuously presented on Instagram, some of it on Facebook, but my website is unfortunately a forgotten place.
Fifteen years ago we were twelve experienced embroiderers who started a group called Fimbria. Our purpose is to inspire new thoughts about embroidery, to develop embroidery, and stretch the limits for embroidery. We give ourselves themes to use as starting points for our exploratory work.
About seven years ago we had a theme about Egypt – from Moses to Tahrir. I was inspired by characters carved in sandstone that I saw at an exhibition in Amsterdam. I looked for a material where I could stitch similar characters and found a thick, rough handmade paper that I could tear in fragments like ancient findings.
A couple of years ago we started to cooperate with a similar Norwegian group and worked with a theme called Where are the stitches? I decided to start my work by looking for the invisible stitches around trees as a warming up. From there I searched for a way of interpreting wonderfully colored aspen leaves that I had photographed some years earlier. After a lot of trying, I remembered those photos and found what I searched for.
Stitching on paper offers a resistance and at the same time allows me to make long stitches without wrinkling the surface. That gives me opportunities to get new expressions.
I am interested in textile structures and I think that the paper background highlights the stitched structures.
This summer the Swedish and Norwegian group will have an exhibition at Västerbottens Museum in Umeå. The theme for the exhibition is Stretching Limits. My approach in that work is about bridges and game boards.
Karin also stitches on fabric... here she is doing large-scale embroidery on linen.
She told me she likes to use different kinds of thread. For instance, weaving yarn linen 16/2 or thread for bobbin lace.
Färdig 30 x 42 cm