KERSTIN ROSENGREN DESIGN Tågarpsvägen 157, 270 21 Glemmingebro, 070 30 86 535 kerstin@kerstinrosengren.se

 

Kerstin Rosengren Textile Art

 

I am fascinated by the traditional textiles that women have made throughout the centuries. They inspire me to work with wool in various forms, mostly knitted and felted, sometimes combined with wrought iron. My ancestors were blacksmiths and knitters. I bring them together in my images, unifying the hard and the soft, the old and the new.
I have two trademarks, the rooster and the thorn. The rooster resembles graffiti artists’ tags, blatantly stylized it unapologetically runs across the image on jagged legs. The colored thread forming the outline, runs sharply back and forth, making the rooster part of the image, rather than a bird.
The thorns are triangular, and always in a distinctively different color. A stern-appearing addition, they are usually attached in one corner.
Lines are my third trademark. Not wide and colorful, but a great number of strict, thin, white lines against a dark background, or vice versa. Sometimes they narrow towards a fictional horizon imitating a farmer’s tilled field viewed from a distance. Against this ruled background I create my flowing patterns.
In my pictures brightly colored thorns hover on a dark palette like simple stars in the night. My intricate, knitted images in this way closely resemble abstract paintings.

 

       
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Balance unbalance

If the balance changes, will there be unbalance or new balance?

 


       
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Earth

Pollution is the wrong thing in the wrong place. How long can we keep moving things? In the end, everything comes back to us.

 


 

       
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Who's in charge?
There is always someone else in charge! Even when you think the decision is your own.


 

       
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Faces

Who are we, really? Who do we show that we are? Do we show what we want to be or what we really are?

 

 

       
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Roosters, Tree of Life, hearts and eight-leaf roses. Designs inspired by the Scanian peasant, or is that figures from the folk art, common language?

 

 


       
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Creekhorses and roosters. Tales, superstition or a depiction of reality?


 

   
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Old tradition in new ways or timeless images?

 


       
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Old and new, hard and soft. Tradition or innovation?

 

 

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