There’s going to be a great exhibit this year at Norway House. The idea began with Claire Selkurt, who is on the exhibitions committee for Norway House, and it developed over the spring with ideas from our Scandinavian Weaving Study Group and Laurann Gilbertson at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum. The show has enthusiastic support from the board of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota and Max Stevenson, Director of the Galleri and Strategic Communications for Norway House. This invitational show will be a visual blockbuster, plus include lots of opportunities for learning with demonstrations and gallery talks.
Make Minneapolis your destination thus summer for an exhibit joining Norwegian weaving past and present. Inspired by historical textiles, American weavers have used Norwegian weaving techniques to create a new body of work, contemporary in design or materials. Enjoy traditional pieces from the collection of the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum and outstanding weavings from recent decades that honor the past and break through with modern expression.
The exhibit of invited pieces (40 in all) is based around several techniques, including rya; tapestry; krokbragd and other boundweave variants; band weaving; and overshot weaves such as monks belt and skilbragd. Other pieces will are chosen to illustrate where American weavers learned their skills in Norwegian techniques, and where weaving in the Norwegian tradition has been exhibited over the years.
Related events include lectures and classes and weaving demonstrations. A loom will be set up in the gallery where members of the Scandinavian Weavers Study Group will weave a rutevev (square weave) runner.
Information on the exhibit will be posted on the Norway House website soon. For now, sign up for Sami-style Band Weaving with Keith Pierce, or Make a Viking Knit Bracelet with Melba Granlund. Maybe you know a kid to sign up for the fun introduction to weaving. This is a special opportunity to see the weaving exhibit in depth, as these Weavers Guild classes will be held at Norway House, right in the main gallery.
Also, follow the Scandinavian Weavers Study Group blog in the coming weeks to read about many of the individual pieces.
This 19th century “boat rya,” a treasure of the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, will hang next to several contemporary rya weavings.