Everyday stories in the time of Corona -
Ingrid Larssen has since 1999 researched and renewed an over 800-year-old textile embroidery technique «Waffle stitching»
Larssen uses the technique to shape ultra light objects in silk organza and larger coarser works in wool.
Points are marked exactly along tight lines and sewn together two and to diagonally. Thus arises a surface of square ‘pockets’ arranged in a strictly geometric pattern (as in a waffle). The back gets a softer and more organic look, which can look like waves in water.
The technique provides material and extreme flexibility. Where both sides can be exploited, by stretching the object, After which it can be rotated and twisted until it has found its shape.
The objects in silk are inspired by life in the sea and by bird feathers, with their beautiful shapes and colours.
The local environment is in many ways an important part of the design of the works Larsen’s works on today. And when covid19 came and the quarantine was introduced, Ingrid Larssen decided to use materials that she can find where she lives - on Hadseløya in Vesterålen. Seaweed, sea urchins, plants and lichens that have grown in the sea and on land have been used for the dyeing of all the texstiles.
In August 2020, Larssen received an Artist in Residence on Bornholm. And by bike, she experienced the island's nature and architecture. Her she collected plants and lichen, with which she has since dyed her textiles. This material, created on these two islands, becomes everyday tales in embroidery free technique and waffle stitching. The story is about historians and myths, often linked to specific places. And at the same time, the works reflect a tanker about the vulnerable, the perishable, in nature and in us.
The exhibition opens the 19 th of june and runs until the 5th of september.
Bornholms Center is open tuesday to sunday 11-17. Entrance fee 70,- kr.