"Own our own time" and "Uplift", two artprojects that deals with issues of time associated with a human pace. The project also includes questions about tradition and development, the participants' own stories and about attention.
It is run by the Swedish artist Kerstin Lindstrom with the help of skilled knitters from many countries.
27 2016 Own Our Own Time V was performed at the opening of
In-Situ Textile Art Installations at Moon Rain Centre in Quebec
Canada. 83 participants saved time in the form of a monumental
knitting. During one hour time became visible as blue laps in this
ongoing art project. The participants were both skilled knitters and
beginners. It was a warm, cheerful, messy, loud and unforgettable
experience. Own Our Own Time V was carried out in + 30 C .
produced yarn is a part of the history. The hour saved in Canada is
blue. The yarn from the Canadian factories Briggs and Little in New
Brunswick http://www.briggsandlittle.com/ and Fila Tures Lemieux the
was prepared before the performance that was carried out August 27. The yarn was donated to the project by Moon Rain Centre.
artist Thoma Ewen generously lent her beautiful studio for the
about Thoma Evans workhttp://www.moonrain.ca/
Own our own time V is going to be set
up as a part of La Triennale Internationale des Arts Textiles en
Outaouais 2016, Quebec, Canada. The monumental knitting for 83
participants need to be restored before the next appearance, which
will take place August 27th 2016. Welcome to sign up at:
http://triennale-outaouais.com/own-our-own-time-v.html The project is supported by Längmanska Kulturfonden and Konst Västernorrland, County of Västernorrland in Sweden
Own Our own time
is an art project that started in 2010. I wanted to examine the
possibility to catch sight of time in a physical form. A time linked
to the human body in the form of monumental knitting.
Since 2011, four
perfomances have been carried out at various places in the world. For
one hour a large group of knitters meet and save a unique moment
together. The participates form a large circle, a scene. This enables
collaboration with other forms of art as Faroese dance, accordion,
radical feminist folk music, modern dance. The different expressions
of people's capacity to create good acts are fantastic and without an
started with 80 women who sat in different places in the world and
saved time in the form of beautiful red knittings. On a meadow by the
sea in Gjogv on the magical Faroe Islands started a project that is
still ongoing. The pictures show the performance where each session
has been a powerful experience. In this blog, you can follow the
project emergence and also take note of other knittings inspired by
Own Our own time.
2015 Own our own time IV Textile
Museum Boras Sweden photo: Jan Berg
2014 Own our own time III Swedish
Institute Paris France Photo: Vinciane Verguethen
2013 Own our own time II Shetland
Textile Museum Lerwick Shetland photo: Austin Taylor
2011 Own our own time I Gavstriksymposium Gjogv Faroe Islands photo: Gunnar Bäckman
The yarn used in
the performances has a direct connection to the place which is
Read more about
this in the blog.
Many thanks to
all who have participated in this exciting journey.
Own Our own time IV was performed at
the Textile Museum of Borås, Sweden, in October 2015.
The yarn used in all the performances
included in the project Own Our own time have had a direct link to
the different places. Boras is a city with a long textile history,
where mills and dye houses were located along the river Viskan. For
The performance in Borås a special yarn was produced to the event on
the old spinning machines that are preserved at the Textile Museum
http://textilmuseet.se/ . Viktoria Holmqvist from the museum dyed the
yarn at the Swedish School of Textiles
with the help the dyeing unit AHIBA. Many beautiful colours were
produced to document one hour Boras.
83 knitters saved one hour Boras in the form of
a monumental knitting on 10 October, at 13.00 -14.00 .
For Own Our own time
IV the choreographer Helena Lundqvist created a unique dance piece.
The music during the hour consisted of a mix of sounds from the river
Viskan which flows past the museum and recorded sounds from machines
related to the textile industry. The sounds were processed and
adapted to a dance performance by the the composer Tomas Elfstadius
and was performed by the dancer Ulrika Liljedahl.
The arrangement was a
collaboration between the Textile Museum and RegionteaterVäst Dans in Borås. Photo: Jan Berg