Annual Meeting of The Clothing and Textile Network, 7.-8.09.2023
The Save the Loom Project Group hosted the annual meeting of The Clothing and Textile Network under the Association of Danish Museums. The meeting took place on Thursday the 7th of September and Friday the 8th, at The Danish Art Workshops.
On the first day, the Save the Loom Project Group held lectures on the status of collections of looms in Danish museums and on the terminology regarding registration of looms.
Afterwards, there were lectures by Ditte Kröner, textile archeologist, and cand. Mag. in history, who talked about how knowledge on looms and weaving workshops are presented in museums. She was followed by Ane Kirstine Preisler Skovgaard, University of Aarhus, who talked about a research project at The Art Museum of Holstebro on how the loom is used to make pictures. Kirsten Toftegaard finished the day off with talking about the exhibiton, Powerful Patterns at Design Museum Danmark, and then there was a trip to the museum to see the exhibition.
Friday started with the annual meeting of The Clothing and Textile Network followed by a group discussion. Then there was a tour of the Danish Art Workshops by their in-house weaver Gitte-Annette Knudsen. Afterwards, Ellen Warring, from The Flax Weaving Museum held a lecture on two weaving workshops in the same Parish. Followed by Karis Rasmussen, from Køng Museum, who talked about The Køng Factory. The annual meeting finished with a group discussion on the subjects presented over the last two days.
Trip to Askov and Flemming Lundholm's workshop, 25.-26.03.2023
In March the project group will host an excursion to Askov and visit Flemming Lundholm’s own weaving workshop.
The Danish Society of Textile History will host their annual general meeting Saturday 25th and members are invited on a walking tour in the town of Askov about the story of Anders Lervad’s school of handicrafts og weaving production. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Askov set the scene for many activities and personalities that had an tremendous impact on the development of the modern Danish weaving tradition. The walking tour will be guided by Linda Klitmøller, Kathrine Brandstrup, and Susanne Lervad. The next day will be followed by a visit for the members to Flemming Lundholm’s private home and workshop.
You can read more about the event (in Danish) here
The weaving workshop in Smallegade, Copenhagen, 6.11.2021
On Saturday the 6th of November, we visited a weaving workshop in Copenhagen. The workshop is a community of four independent weavers Berthe Forcchammer, Amelie Tillgren, Ida Kornerup og Pia Jensen who take on weaving tasks independently and together. We were first met by the very talented Berthe who showed us her work on a John Becker draw loom. She is currently working on a chasuble with a beautiful gold design. Pia also talked to us about her artistic inspiration for her weaving project and showed us a Lervad foot-powered loom they had set up for making colorful scarfs.
We would highly recommend visiting their workshop - they are open the first Saturday of every month from 10-16 - and check out their Facebook page!
Presentation at "Old Textiles - More Possibilies", June 2021
In connection with the CTR conference "Old Textiles - More Possibilities" in June 2021, we presented a short 5-minute presentation. It shortly presents some of the themes and goals of the Save the Loom project. You can view the presentation here.
Plans for future trips
This spring we hope to put together a trip to the Open Air Museum in Sorgenfri (Frilandsmuseet). The museum houses more than 60 old farms, mills, and houses from the period 1650-1940 with interiors historically decorated. Mathilde, our student assistant for the Save the Loom project, works there as a guide and will give a presentation of the museum and take us around the houses that have old looms displayed.
We also hope to go to Museum Amager in the nearest future - also with a focus on their display of textile history.