October Scandinavian Weavers Meeting

In October a small group of Scandinavian Weavers Study Group members drove to Karin Maah’s home in the northern suburbs.  Karin’s home became a pop-up museum in our honor.  The walls and halls were covered in paintings by her grandfather, noted Norwegian-American painter Hans Berg.  He also was a rosemaler, and his work was exuberant and personal, like this piece.

IMG_2902The guests arrived to this beautiful array of food.  “Wait,” Karin exclaimed,”the cake isn’t out,” as if somehow the existing spread was inadequate!

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It is always a wonderful experience to see the homes of  fellow study group members, to see what looms and stashed of yarn they have, and to see their personal art and weaving collections. Karin has amazing family treasures. I thought this was the most amazing set. She has a beautiful billedvev (tapestry) woven by her grandmother.

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She also has the cartoon for the piece, painted by her grandfather.

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Some people might also have lovely pieces along with the original cartoons, but the most amazing part of Karin’s collection is that she also has a painting of her grandmother weaving the piece!

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My favorite piece was a tapestry done by her grandmother, based on a cartoon done by her grandfather.  This photo can’t capture the subtle color gradations in the tapestry introduced by beautiful handspun yarns with slight, but painterly, variagations.

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All of this documentation was amazing.  Here, in another one of Hans Berg’s paintings, the shawl depicted is still around, and shown hanging on one edge.

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Thank you to Karin!

About Robbie LaFleur
Weaving in Minnesota, when I can!

2 Responses to October Scandinavian Weavers Meeting

  1. Janet Meany says:

    Robbie, Thanks for the post! Keep me on your list! Janet Janet Meany 5672 North Shore Drive Duluth, MN 55804 Loom Manual Library jmeany@weaversfriend.com 218-525-5778

  2. Pingback: Rya and Tapestry | Bound to Weave

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