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Sara Engberg: A Sense of Direction

Exhibition  /  25 Aug 2012  -  12 Sep 2012
Published: 14.08.2012
Gallery Konsthantverkarna
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Intro
On August 25, the exhibition “A sense of direction” opens at renowned arts and crafts gallery Konsthantverkarna in Stockholm. Sara Engberg is a Konstfack MFA graduate, and the inspiration behind her recent works is maps.

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Sara Engberg
In the centre of the room, the visitor is presented with three large, hand carpented boxes made of walnut wood, filled with jewellery pieces in pastel colors, dark red and gold—pendants shaped like imaginary islands with layers of compass roses and streamers, all hand cut from golden and smoke tinted mirrored plexiglass. The cartographic pendants are hanging from meticulously hand-stitched silk and cotton ribbons with map prints.

–I have picked up the materials I use all over the globe, sometimes in completely unexpected places, says Sara Engberg. I have been collecting for years, and gradually, I have discovered that I instinctively choose materials in a range of specific colours. I have asked myself where this palette comes from, and I think that it’s simply the colours of a map. It's as if everything I like boils down to a map.

In this exhibition, Sara Engberg’s aim has been to recreate the feeling of a museum or an old classroom. Custom printed wallpaper lengths with inspiration from maps and streamers are suspended from the ceiling, reminiscent of old-fashioned school wall charts. All the maps and coastlines are imaginary; none of them are based on any actual geography. It's a dream landscape, which also had its very first origin in a dream.

–As a child I once dreamt that I opened the window and the sky was covered with maps, says Sara Engberg. As if we were inside a terrestrial globe, lit up from the outside. I had this overwhelming sensation of beauty, which has followed me ever since. Maybe that's where my fascination with maps started.

Remarks

About the Artist:
Sara Engberg has an MFA degree in Metalwork Design from Konstfack, the University College for Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Together with fashion designer Christina Wemming, she ran the collaborative jewellery and clothes brand mori & mimosa, which received attention especially in Sweden and Japan. Today, Sara Engberg has found her way back to a more artistic expression, working mainly with unique jewellery. She is a member of Stockholm-based crafts gallery Konsthantverkarna since 2010 and this is her first solo exhibition. Until the exhibition opens on August 25, anyone who is interested can follow Sara Engberg’s ongoing work and experiments at her blog: saraengberg.tumblr.com 


About Konsthantverkarna:
Konsthantverkarna was founded in 1951 and is Sweden's oldest crafts association. With 85 members from across the country, it is also the largest. Konsthantverkarna has represented Sweden's foremost craftsmen for nearly sixty years and has built its reputation on bringing the latest and most interesting work within the crafts to public exhibition.

Contact

Sara Engberg
sara@saraengberg.se
phone: +46 722 30 29 10
www.saraengberg.se
saraengberg.tumblr.com


Åsa Lockner, curator, Konsthantverkarna
info@konsthantverkarna.se
phone: +46 8 611 03 70
www.konsthantverkarna.se
Sara Engberg. Necklace: A Sense of Direction, 2012. Acrylic, textile. Sara Engberg
Necklace: A Sense of Direction, 2012
Acrylic, textile
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Sara Engberg. Necklace: A Sense of Direction, 2012. Acrylic, textile. Sara Engberg
Necklace: A Sense of Direction, 2012
Acrylic, textile
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Work in Progress at the Bench.
Work in Progress at the Bench

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Sara Engberg Gold Stars

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