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Female textildesigners that left an imprint
Female textildesigners that left an imprint

Viola Gråsten, Märta Måås-Fjetterström, and Inez Svensson is all

Our Swedish design history is full of female textildesigners that each in their own way have made a lasting imprint. Here are a few of the women with the tough fabric has brought the design forward.

in the early 1900-century women who wanted to apply to a creative working life low textildesignen close at hand – tasks such as embroidery and sewing had always been considered to belong to the woman's area, and here there were not as many active men who could oppose the competition from the women.

Since long before the community industrially, and designer became a recognised professional title, women have created textiles for the home. Among the first to respond to a larger mass can Karin Larsson mentioned, married the artist Carl Larsson, who through his paintings of his wife's creations did the couple's home to a världsangelägenhet. Alice's sense of color and form changes in the public's way of looking at decor, and it was not at least her colourful textiles and embroideries that set the tone.

In pace with the industrialization, women began to take a greater place in society, leaving more women from the home to devote themselves to the craft at a more professional level. Mattdrottningen Märta Måås-Fjetterström, also known in short as MMF, started his career already in 1905 and went on to become one of Sweden's largest carpet designers. After having been warned of Ludvig Nobel, she received in 1919 the chance to open his own studio in Båstad, where her legacy to this day managed by the AB CLUB. Her carpets and tissues is still highly sought after and hangs in both the national museum in Stockholm, the Louvre in Paris. A more contemporary mattmogul is Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg as during the entire 28 years designed some of the carpet company Kasthall most iconic rugs.

What historically have not always been recognized is the significant impact of many of the female designers had both on their own and other parts of the industry. Elsa Gullberg came to be a significant person for the majority of Swedish design and craft after 1909 have been in London and Paris, and there received the inspiration to industrially produced products could get the same quality and feel as craft goods. In addition to convey several of the era's artists to industries such as Rörstrand and Gustavsberg porcelain factory, she worked particularly with maskinvävda textiles and started back in 1927, the company Elsa Gullberg textile and inredningar AB, which today is Sweden's first modern shop-fitters.

During the 30's did Astrid Sampe a name within the Swedish textile design when she after many years of studies, employment as a textile designer at NK and the following year became head of the department store's new venture Textilkammaren. One of her most popular works is textiltrycket Perssons kryddskåp, dedicated to the contemporary ceramist Signe Persson-Melin. Another textilgigant with the link to the NK's Textilkammaren is Viola Gråsten. Since the breakthrough around the middle of the last century the bold color combinations and playful patterns made her one of Sweden's most well-known formgivarnamn.

Several of our most influential textildesigners has freely moved between the various industries and pursuits. Many have combined a more refined artistry with the design of the home, while others have had a background in the fashion industry and when women. Textile artist and artist Inez Svensson appeared during his working life in several different directions within the art and textilvärlden. In addition to his work together with the designer Göta Trägårdh at the textile company Stobo in Stockholm, she managed also to be rector of the college of Arts and start a 10-group together with a bunch of other designers and artists. Also Gunila Axén, modeillustratör and textile designer, was a member of the 10 group, and then came to run his own textile company, Axén & co.

this is just some of the textilformgivare which over the years has contributed to the Swedish design history. Regardless of whether it has acted on ground-breaking designs and color schemes or to drive changes in working practices and structures, this group of women made a great effort for our world-famous designarv. Not least, they have woven the foundation for future generations of creative women.

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