Concrete Landscapes

We find a lot of inspiration both in the city and in the countryside. In a skatepark these two melt together as a  “man-made landscape”.

Lately we have worked with skateparks – concrete landscapes – in our home town Malmö, a city with a generous approach to skateboarding and which has hosted several international competitions.

When it comes to our screen prints we want to highlight the environment, the concrete landscape. The skaters might look at a skatepark from a functional perspective, how to tackle the area. We are more explorers and look at the area as a rolling landscape with interesting forms.

 

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Akvarellmuseet

Maybe this could be our new family tradition. For the second year, we spent a February week at Akvarellmuseet in Skärhamn. One of those places in the archipelago that is crowded in the summer and very peaceful in the winter. A lot of time for exploring nature and aquarelle, what a delight!

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No Time to Be Wasted

We had the honor to be a part of  “No Time to Be Wasted” an exhibition that Marie-Louise Hellgren, HearteartH, created during Stockholm Design Week. We didn’t have the chance to come to Stockholm which made us extra happy to receive these nice pictures shot by Louise Billgert.

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Photo: Louise Billgert

The stool Lilla Snåland and our screen printed version Lilla Snåland poster on the wall.

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Photo: Louise Billgert

 

Utställning Heartearth på Bångska våningen

Photo: Louise Billgert

 

Utställning Hearty earth på Bångska våningen

Photo: Louise Billgert

 

Utställning Hearty earth på Bångska våningen

Photo: Louise Billgert

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Suomi!

Finland and Sweden have much in common but there are also big differences. Especially when it comes to war and peace. Finland is a young nation and we feel that the fighting spirit is still present.  Another big difference is the SAUNA that is a part of the daily life in Finland but in Sweden it’s just something that is offered at the public swimming pool.

When we visit Finland it’s always summer, we are off grid more or less all the time and no one is in a hurry. So we can say that our picture of Finland is a bit romanticized. Maybe that’s why our prints based on photos taken over there have a special room in our hearts.

Anyway.

Today we want to say Happy Birthday Suomi Finland !

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Sauna Vihta

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Tvättbrädan and Sisar

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Jollygoodfellow + HearteartH

We have made some prints in cooperation with Marie-Louise Hellgren, Heartearth. They were shown at Tent London 2017.

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This is the stool Lilla Snåland, made of leftovers from the classic chair Lilla Åland, together with our interpretation/screenprint on the wall.

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Close up of the screenprint.

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The triangels on the right is the raw material for Lilla Snåland (and the parts that are removed in the production of Lilla Åland).

 

The print will be available in the jollygoodshop soon, we are just wating for Marie-Louise to come and sign them first : )

 

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As Marie-Louise have designed lots of nice tea cups during the years and showed her newest at Tent London we started to think about steam. We worked in two days trying to catch steam,  it was difficult but fun. Finally we transformed it to a screenprint as well, this is Steam!

 

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Here you can find a press relese about the exhibition Press release (pdf)

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Natural Dyeing

 

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We have talked for a while about dyeing, inspired by Färgningsmanifestet , a work by Lins Sofia Lundin.

So far we have used leftovers from the kitchen, and as soon as it’s green outside we will try some more : )

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Slightly Imperfect

 

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The pile of irregular tote bags have grown big, so we were thinking of something to do with them. Maybe turn them into pillow cases? But then we thought of an old print idea that has been in the drawer (or sketch book) for many years.

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We have collected small marks for “irregular quality” during the years. The first one’s were found on cheap t-shirts and underwear bought in New York in the 1990’s.

Now we have let them be the main motif on some bags!

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The expression ”slightly imperfect” is kind of funny. It sounds humble but at the same time says ”almost perfect”. Like the swedish expression ”Obetydliga skönhetsfel kan förekomma” which means something like ”insignificant beauty imperfections might occur”. And who doesn’t feel like that at times?

 

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Stålfarfar

 

It started as a play with bike parts and tools, but then we saw him – Stålfarfar! It made us very happy because we have read a lot about Stålfarfar and his story has been a great inspiration to us. Of course we had to make a screen print!

 Wikipedia says:

In 1951, at 66 years of age, Håkansson rode his bicycle emulating the so-called Sverigeloppet from Haparanda to Ystad. Because of his advanced age the organizers had refused him to participate – the maximum age was 40 years – but he still started from Haparanda, formally not among the contestants but starting one minute after the last of them had set off and wearing a shirt on which he had written a big zero as his ‘runner number’. The Tour was run in stages, and while the contestants slept, Håkansson would pedal up to three days without sleeping. During the contest, he was presented as “Stålfarfar”, a name that had followed him since the late 1940s. He had a big beard that made him look extra old, and the organizers were afraid people would laugh at the race participants. Many newspapers were covering his story, and he became famous as the nation followed his journey through the country.

During a few hours off in Söderhamn the police asked him to take a medical exam, which showed that Hakansson was in good health. After 6 days, 14 hours and 20 minutes, he arrived in Ystad – 24 hours before the contestants.

 

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