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Textile Sounds – a sound and textile festival

Lisa Hansson och Stefan Klarverdal är initiativtagare till festivalen, och uppförde även Den lilla Vävoperan. I april har Den stora Vävoperan premiär på Textilmuseet.

Press image for the Textile Sounds festival with the initiators Lisa Hansson and Stefan Klaverdal.
Scene from Den Lilla Vävoperan (The Little Weaving Opera). Photo: Daniel Nilsson.


Music from a sewing machine, infrasound, conductive thread, Syntjuntan och sound waves – just a few examples of what got the air vibrating during the Textile Sounds festival, arranged last weekend at the Textile Museum in Borås. The world´s first festival for textile sound art, according to its initiators Lisa Hansson and Stefan Klaverdal, who also have created The Little Weaving Opera. Four days of concerts, workshops, performances and installations combined struck a multi-faceted artistic chord, one that will no doubt set up ripple effects for some time.


Many of the pieces dealt with the commonality between textiles and sound. Concepts like rhythm, repetition and pattern can be found in both fields, for example. Other pieces were about sound waves, conductive thread, lilypads, sensors and sampling: the theme broadened to sound, textiles, human beings and technics. Can you draw a line between people and music, cells and technics? Between skin and membrane? Beween thread and music wire? A harp and a loom? Or, as Jonna Sandell asked in the show “Den flygande skytteln”: What would a carpet tell us if it could speak? What sounds would it make if it could sing?


And it’s not over yet. Six pieces from the festival are on display at Textilmuseet until 26 Oct. And look out for The Big Weaving Opera opening in April 2015.



Sy tiden. Sewing-machine music by Leo Correia de Verdier, dance Helena Kantinoski. Photo: Stefan Klaverdal.

  Jonna Sandell ur Den flygande skytteln: en konsert om vävning och kärlek. Av och med Jonna Sandell och Emma Nordenstam.

Jonna Sandell, in Den flygande skytteln: en popkonsert om vävning och kärlek. With Jonna Sandell and
Emma Nordenstam. Photo: Sanna Gustavsson.

  Den lilla Vävoperan

The Little Weaving Opera by and with Lisa Hansson and Stefan Klaverdal.
Photo: Linda Isaksson.


Paulina Nilsson was one of the visitors at Textile Sounds. She had made a piano shirt by conductive thread, sensors, a lilypad and a speaker on her shoulder. Photo: Sanna Gustavsson.


In Thud by Rasmus Persson and Richard Ljungdahl Eklund, electrical signals from a synth produce fluctuations in the membrane of the speaker element, producing soundwaves too low for us to hear. Fishing line connects the speaker element to a piece of cloth, turning it into an even bigger membrane that itself moves about. Photo: Stefan Klaverdal.


Picture from the concert with Elsy & The Needle from Syntjuntan. Photo: Stefan Klaverdal.

A visit to a wonderful weaver

We have had a nice autumn day with Kirstine Packalén in Aneby, Småland, Sweden.

A tip!

If you have a lot of samples from a workshop dyeing yarn, do as Kirstine,

make a rya with a diagonal of each colour.

Leave a space = one knot in a diagonal to make the pattern.




Or weave with chenille…

In the next issue 4/14 of Vävmagasinet we show you how.





The last picture shows the rölakan rug Kirstine wove to Säby Kyrka, Tranås.


Thank you Kirstine for a lovely day!

We wich you all a nice “weaving weekend”.

Tina Ignell


Friday news from Scandinavian Weaving Magzine; Textile shows at Virserum’s art hall in Småland.

Until September 14 you can se Best in Sweden at Virserums Art Hall in Virserum, Småland, Sweden.


And the show showing some very interesting Textile art, in the same building, one floor above.

Eleonor Frankenberg, shows a way to create a colour- in-weave.

Below, Klara Neros recycling dress, Twistin’s weave with natural materials in weft and an knitted woman with child by Sandra Magnusson.textilsommar_MG_2626                 textilsommar_MG_2630   textilsommar_MG_2633 textilsommar_MG_2634

Heavenly beauty, Himmelskt vackert, at Klostret in Ystad

It is colourful and beautiful and very very rich – the exhibition with woven treasurs from Skåne.

Here is a gallery of pictures.

The techniques are:



Rosepath, Rosengång


Dukagång what we call a Blådrätt Blå is for Blue since the weft is dyed blue. This one is woven by Hanna Larsdotter year 1767.


A book about the exhibition is now availible. Just contact: www.ystad.se/klostret


If you like to read more about Textiles in Skåne, Vävmagasinet number 2 2013 is a theme with a lot of articles and projects.


To all our subscribers and to all of you who are waiting to join us. A new issue is out now!