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Näver by Emma Dahlqvist, Catarina Hällzon and Sofia Björkman

Exhibition  /  08 Nov 2019  -  07 Dec 2019
Published: 31.10.2019
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Intro
Birch bark consists of a large number of thin layers. Each year a new layer is created and over time a strong material of wax and cork cells that protects the stem is created. Birch bark is used for everything from boatbuilding, fishing gear and packaging materials to means of payment, writing materials and art.

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Sofia Björkman, Emma Dahlqvist, Catarina Hällzon
Emma Dahlqvist, Catarina Hällzon and Sofia Björkman all work with birch bark as a material and a source of inspiration. They prosecute a long tradition of craftsmanship, but with new techniques and approaches, they bring the material into the contemporary art scene. The result is work that breathes of both history and the future.


Sofia Björkman
Recent years, I have travelled into areas in the Nordic Countries and Karelia, to study origins in crafts, movements and influences by earlier inhabitants, nomads, immigrants and tradespeople. It has been my intention to examine traditional and contemporary crafts, highlighting a common aesthetic narrative, rooted in materials and aesthetics as well as the construction of identity, sense of belonging and understanding of myself. From the travels, I have received knowledge about crafts that carry subtle stories that move me as a maker. I respond to the findings by making myself. Techniques and use of material require deep knowledge and a lot of training. To be able to visualize my experiences, I choose to show images of some places I visited, laser-engraved on birch bark. The result can be seen as postcards from different craft practices and traditions

Emma Dahlqvist
I am a textile designer and artist whose relationship with birch bark began with an almost anarchic attitude to the craft tradition. Using laser cutting and origami I have examined textile qualities in the material. I am interested in the relationship between older craft knowledge and digital technologies and what new types of expressions and materials may develop in the intersection.

Catarina Hällzon
Growing up my grandfather was an idol of mine. He was working in the forest, most of the time spending long hard hours there. I still remember how we as kids had to take turns sitting beside him in the kitchen sofa when we were eating. It was important to sit beside him and I watched his big working hands take on the small cutlery with admiration. I experienced pure luck those days I could come work in the forest together with him.
My grandfather left a big stock of birchbark in the stable when he passed away, the material he did not have the time to work himself and it became the starting point for this project. A project that grew to be about time and love. The time I spent making but also the time people spent making long before me. And love, it is the love of my craftsmanship that keeps me investigate new materials and its possibilities.

 
Catarina Hällzon. Necklace: Untitled, 2016. Copper. 50 x 7 cm. Photo by: Catarina Hällzon. Catarina Hällzon
Necklace: Untitled, 2016
Copper
50 x 7 cm
Photo by: Catarina Hällzon
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Sofia Björkman. Brooch: Kautokeino, 2019. Birch bark, steel, thread.. 10 x 7 cm. Photo by: Sofia Björkman. From series: Näver. Sofia Björkman
Brooch: Kautokeino, 2019
Birch bark, steel, thread.
10 x 7 cm
Photo by: Sofia Björkman
From series: Näver
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Birch bark work by Emma Dahlqvist, 2019..
Birch bark work by Emma Dahlqvist, 2019.

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Catarina Hällzon. Necklace: Untitled, 2015. Silver, birch branch.. 30 x 30 cm. Photo by: Catarina Hällzon. Catarina Hällzon
Necklace: Untitled, 2015
Silver, birch branch.
30 x 30 cm
Photo by: Catarina Hällzon
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Sofia Björkman. Brooch: Stensjö Museum, 2019. Birch bark, steel, thread.. 10 x 7 cm. Photo by: Sofia Björkman. From series: Näver. Sofia Björkman
Brooch: Stensjö Museum, 2019
Birch bark, steel, thread.
10 x 7 cm
Photo by: Sofia Björkman
From series: Näver
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Birch bark work by Emma Dahlqvist, 2019..
Birch bark work by Emma Dahlqvist, 2019.

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