TC2 training at The School of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg

TC2 training at The School of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg

The School of Design and Crafts (Högskolan för Design och Konsthantverk or HDK) at Gothenburg, Sweden, recently got a TC2.  And as is customary, Digital Weaving Norway’s Vibeke Vestby was there to conduct a training workshop.

But the other highlight of Vibeke’s trip was that she got the opportunity to see the works of Hanna Larsson – a Masters student at HDK – all of which were woven on the TC2! Vibeke writes…

The training session at HDK went on for three days and had ten participants, including Professor Birgitta Nordström and Studio Manager Marianne Davidsson. Most of the students were quite new to weaving, and we started out using no weave structures, just exploring various filters and function in Photoshop.


But while the workshop was aimed at giving the fresh students a flying start, one of the Masters student Hanna Larsson had already woven extensively on the TC2 since it arrived at the School just months back. And it was fairly impressive to see the extraordinary works that she’d created in this short span!


Her project is titled ‘Untouchable, monumental and intimate: On feminized mysticism and occult weaving’ and was presented as a room installation: Multiple lengths of TC2 woven fabrics were suspended between a metal spiral on the floor and a corresponding spiral in the ceiling. The fabrics created a tunnel or narrow passage gradually circling in towards the center. At the same time, one could see through the layers of fabrics, and get a blurred vision of what was going on outside the spiral.


The fabrics were quite transparent, silk warp with copper and silver wefts, creating a feeling of haze or mist. The textiles had marks resembling cuts or scars, and also double weave pockets with small objects inside (a curl of hair, a glass crystal etc).  Large areas were woven as double weave, creating a draped, complex expression.


The fabric lengths had an ethereal beauty as individual statements, and their reference to feminism and occultism made them heavily laden with symbols. The spiral shape was extended by placing braided warp sections on the floor, continuing the spiral shape. This was combined with hanging tassels and strings from the ceiling. The installation was also holding other objects, like a slice of a tree trunk, a wooden ball, a stone – all referring to the occultism that inspired the work.

The pictures here do not attempt to document the entire presentation, it is just giving glimpses into the feminine beauty of her weavings. All, by the way, woven on the TC2 loom at HDK.