Thursday, 29 January 2009

lisa's wall

Last weekend was last days for Lisa Larsdotter Petersson's show at Galleri PS, a small, friendly gallery of two little rooms. I'm happy I saw it before it closed.
More photos here
Article (Swedish) here

Tomorrow Friday is an open house at HDK, Sandra's school. Here is a little film to tempt new students to apply.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

eriksberg - early

It's so interesting to change perspective, from soft studio work to noisy, no fuzz, cost efficient, almost 98% male, big construction site. Biggest surprise: I was happy for the chance to practice my poor German! Things have changed since I last installed a commission on site, the carpententer and the floor tiler are nice and helpful as usual, difference is they come from other countries. Even some Australian guys were heard. Nomads in constructions.

They start working very early, I wonder why? They leave early too.

I'm a bit nervous mounting my pieces but try to look cool and busy, everybody else does. But the mosaic seems to stick on the walls and look good, so far. Still a little grouting to do tomorrow.

Type the sky

Monday, 26 January 2009

film mingle weekend

The time inbetween films at the Göteborg Film Festival is the best, conversations and coffee, so many nice people out this weekend. Best movie so far: Slumdog Millionaire, see it if you have a chance! An almost feelgood film about a young boy living in the Bombay slum, adventure, romance, friendship, it tells so many stories.

But the thing is; I've seen an Indian version of the same script, does anybody know the name of that first film? (Simple chai-wallah can answer all questions in the Who want's to be a millionaire TV show and is arrested for cheating, which he isn't. Each of his answers tells part of his amazing lifestory)

This year the festival feels extra familiar and friendly as you get to see Camilla's smoking handbag lady on posters and tickets everywhere.
Draken is the main cinema theatre. The starry sky image is from Royal cinema theatre, recently rescued from destruction.

Swedish neon signs

Thursday, 22 January 2009

weekend plans

Started to work on fourth and final mosaic, another lotus motive. Packed and ready to install two of the finished mosaics on Monday, exciting.

Göteborg Film Festival starts tonight, it's like a Big Annual Culture Celebration. This year i will not overdo it, only have three film tickets (so far).

Plans for the weekend (after sleep in):
- See Lisa Petersson's show at Galleri PS.
- Miss the performance early evening at the gallery because of film festival; documentary about film maker Derek Jarman, see his garden here and here and here.
- Bubble bath.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

congratulations America!

Congratulations America to the new president! I think we are all to be congratulated.

In the mail today was proof of my best Christmas present, a goat in Mocambique. May it milk well and bring happiness and nourish the new owners. May it have many babygoats as well. Actionaid is a Swedish site against poverty. Thank you, Biggan!

Lots of office work this week but I managed some more grouting in the afternoon.

Su Blackwell paper art
Åsa Westlund Swedish clogs

Monday, 19 January 2009

in the hood

Long day spent doing office work, very efficient. Escaped only for a long fika break when an old friend came to visit.

Good thing: fabulous bakery opened next door to the office Alvar & Ivar surdegsbageri, Kastellgatan 11. Delicious!

I googled for the house number, and discovered that another neighbor shop is also a blogger. Pass her window every dag and read her prints, Mayor Ekeblad. And she has a blog.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

studio, friday

Grouting makes the difference. Two of the four mosaic wall pieces are ready to be placed now. They are quite easy to handle, in 90 cm sections.

Wish you a great weekend!

Recently found new blog: Behind the mask
Yarn bombed bus by Magda Sayeg

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

in the mist

Today was the most grey day this winter, I miss Luleå. I was out at the construction site, the buildings looks much more like buildings now. Next week I'll mount two of the four mosaic pieces, that will be fun.

Not grey at all:
Ketna Patel
and Quilters of South Carolina one-of-a-kind bras for Breast Cancer Awareness, via Extreme Craft

Monday, 12 January 2009

more saturday

Helena Roos opened her show at Konstepidemin Gallery last Saturday. Huge, brave black and white wall drawings. If you can't visit the gallery, see more here
Today's article in Göteborgsposten, in Swedish here

The other show that opened the same day, Sara Borgegård, jewellery artist at hnoss gallery

Spent the day putting IKEA furniture together at office and taking IKEA furniture apart at home. Inbetween I finished the third mosaic wallpiece in the studio. Hope your week started well, too.
Ashes and milk artists

Saturday, 10 January 2009

open studio saturday

Today, as part of the Konstepidemin program, I had open studio. It was great fun, lots of visitors wandering around the gallery openings. Lots of conversations with friends and strangers, These are the photos I managed to take, I was too busy talking too much.

Dan Perrin's studio was also open

Göteborg Film Festival program is out and tickets released. Look at the front cover, in case you missed it, Camilla made this year's poster image "They smoke so beautiful on film". Can be bought here.

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

cosy cold

You, who haven't experienced living close to the polar circle, might imagine it's awfully cold and dark. And it is. But it's also incredibly beautiful; long blue twilight hours, sparkling snow and frosted trees. Long icy walk in darkness and the reward of coming inside to the warmth and light. Cosy doesn't cover it. Beautiful doesn't either.

First day back at work was slow and nice. Frequent coffee breaks and long talks, not much work done.

Ango light design floor
Bruce Munro Field of light

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

cool start

Welcome to 2009! I've been visiting up north, Luleå and Kalix. When we arrived weather had changed and I missed what Sandra experienced, a totally frosted landscape. Look at the trees here!

But we also had nice and lazy days with good friends, short and precious daylight. Cold enough to stay indoors. Christmas holidays are over, work begins tomorrow. Wonder what it will be like when the alarm clock rings that early, the day is turned upside down.

Hope your year started well and let's hope for peace.

Jen Worden challenge deadline January 11, I'll try to make it
In Swedish: Navid Modiri startade "365 saker du kan göra" den 1 januari. Ett 2009-projekt för fri kreativitet, läs mer här, och lämna förslag! Det kommer att bli kul att följa.