Simone Landwehr-Traxler – ‘Spinning the Yarn’

Simone Landwehr-Traxler  –  ‘Spinning the Yarn’

I went along to see Simone Landwehr-Traxler’s ‘Spinning the Yarn’ exhibition, displayed at House for an Art Lover in Glasgows Bellahouston Park a couple of weeks ago. ‘Spinning the Yarn’ hopes to travel to Shetland in 2018 along with a performance piece which I hope to see at home, however I took the opportunity to see the exhibition while it was on display.

Simone’s exhibition of textile, installation and wax works came to life in the almost outdoor setting. The ‘boat house’ like interior really juxtaposed against the fragile and translucent looking textile pieces which were suspended from the roof in different ways. I really enjoyed the way the pieces moved in the wind, (thanks to the weather that day!) as they reminded me of the way boat sails move with the weather, or a calm sea with a soft flowing tide. On her website, Simone speaks of the themes of her project:

Investigating Fair Isle designs’ reputed origins, Andalusia, and migration to the Outer Hebrides, the project challenges the assumptions underwriting our cultural identity. This project will explore if there are similarities of thought and creative processes linking Islamic/Spanish Andalusia and Scandinavian/Scottish Fair Isle.

You can follow Simones journey here. Some pictures of the exhibition at House for an Art Lover below:

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Shetland Summer…

Shetland Summer…

I managed to get home for a few days in August, which was lovely. I really appreciate how special a place Shetland is when I return, there really is no where like it.
The open space and the sea. The pictures speak for themselves…

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New York…

In March we traveled over to NYC for a five day trip which promised adventure.
The city, in which I have never been to, was totally mesmerising. It was exactly what I imagined and much more.
The urban landscape for me is always inspiring especially in contrast to the open space landscape I grew up with. Architectural details, concrete and linear design – always something that catch my eye.
Below are some of my New York pictures with some initial concepts for something I have been working on…..
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A long silence….

Half a year later, a new location and a new job, a lot has changed….

Now living back on mainland Scotland, I miss home a lot I am also loving the new adventures which are widening my learning experiences as well as  broadening my design skills.
More to follow soon, but for now, here are some pictures of my photo shoot from before Christmas with my lovely friend, Ella. Ella is this years patron for Shetland Wool Week, which is very exciting and I hope to get home to support her through the exciting week!

While I was home before Christmas, I did a bit of an experiment with my own label, which I hope is just the beginning for it, hope you like them 🙂 Special thanks to Liam Henderson, for his fabulous photography skills too…

Amy x

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November and being home…

After my Masters finished in September I decided that I really wanted to go back to Shetland for a bit, just to take some time out and to have a break.
So far, not much of a break has been had, between working part time for Jamieson and Smith – The Woolbrokers here in Lerwick and also doing some more weaving. I don’t seem to be able to keep away from it after weaving daily for most of this year.

Global Yell – a weaving studio up in the northern isles of Shetland, (I did a project with them one summer: you can read more here) is fantastic resource here in Shetland that I use to produce larger lengths of cloth. They have great weaving facilities and have just set up a new loom so they can start to produce small production runs for designers. (check them out here).
It takes a 40 minute drive and a Ferry crossing to get to the studio, and all the driving has made me appreciate being back in Shetland again, and notice all the little things that make Shetland so special….including the colours of the Shetland landscape in November.

The hills are a lovely red colour at the moment and I managed to capture them in a few different locations on different days.

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At the same time as weaving a collection of scarves which compliment my recent Masters collection (you can see them here) I have taken up hand knitting again. I first learned in Primary School and have knitted a few (unfinished) projects since but when my work started the Winter Woollies KAL in October, we thought we should knit along too.

I recently finished my hat, where I used the Winter Woollies colours 203, FC41, FC43, FC38 and FC34 to make my version of the Brooklyn Tweed Season Hat. The colours really remind me of my drives up and down to Yell this last month.
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Back to lines….

Been in Glasgow for a couple of months now and so far, so good!

I’ve found myself being drawn back to my usual ways and have continued to create ideas revolving around this idea of line…I think it is something to do with my weaver mind and the grid system that weaving works in…..so anything checked, with lines or grids automatically gets my vote!

I have planned to carry on the theme of Shetland and its Northern Identity,  from my Heriot Watt, except this time, instead of just making a collection of  woven samples, I will be creating a collection of garments and hope to use these as the start of my own textile design label next year.
I have already learnt so much for being here for a few months, being less focused on just textiles has opened up my mind to thinking of a collection as a whole, and not just the fabric. And it’s really exciting.

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As I said already, I have found myself looking at line again and have tried to combine influences from Shetland and Glasgow.

The architecture here has been quite a big influence on my work as well as keeping 2in mind the Shetland influence I have previously explored.

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3A couple of weeks ago, my Mam was down from Shetland, so I went up to Inverness to see her and my grandparents.
Getting away from the city for a few days and being near the sea again was so lovely.
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My Mam spent some time putting my Grannys old photographs and slides 5onto the computer so that there are digital copies of them.
I love looking back to the past and seeing how they used to live.

These photos have a lovely colour quality to them and I am hoping to use these to find yarns for my collection.

Findhorn Beach, Stones, My Grandparents, Midwifery, My Mam and the dog Sandy.

As we are about half way through stage one now, the next few weeks will be quite exciting with initial garment construction and weaving taking place. I think this is the longest I haven’t woven for in a long time!

Shetland Summer….

Had a lovely couple of months at home, which was unexpected as I didn’t know how long I was going to get home for when I got back in July….I managed to get some work during August, not textile related, but have been outside most days and have got some great photographs taken and will hopefully be able to use them in my next collection….
131415Heading down to Glasgow in a couple of weeks, so have been starting to get all my ideas back together so that I am ready to embark on what will probably be a busy year at Glasgow School Art….I’ve continued to use my journal this summer to help record my ideas and information, this includes a hilarious trip up north to Hillswick, where me and my friend Ella learned to natural dye yarn (read Ella’s blog here: Natural Dyeing) and I hope to share some of my ideas with you soon.

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