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Anna Olsson

  • Textilateljen Långgatan
  • Tapestry weaver
  • Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Master Artisan
Anna Olsson Tapestry weaver
Contact
Swedish, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+46 703103860
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Stories told through textiles

  • • The first pieces Anna made were woven towels
  • • She is a trained psychologist
  • • To Anna, weaving is a way of slowing down her mind

When Anna Olsson was about ten years old, she helped her grandmother weave rugs. Studying at Stenebyskolan near Gothenburg, part of Steneby, she deepened her knowledge with her Swedish mentor Maj-Britt Engström. Since 1999, she has been working in her own studio in Gothenburg, which she shares with six other textile artisans. Anna’s career as a psychologist supports her weaving and even inspires some of her designs, although she initially tried to avoid her work ending up in her loom. When working in a youth prison and later with refugee children, she felt she had a responsibility to be a witness to their stories as opposed to only their crimes. The very slow process of weaving is a way for Anna to process these stories.

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Works

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Photo: © Anna Olsson
High Five

This tapestry shows two football players in red jerseys seconds before a high five. The grey-blue sky and dark green grass are their background. The tapestry is about the closeness that is barely noticeable but which is so important between us – a pat on the shoulder, holding a door open, a quick selfie or a high five. We talk to each other through the proximity of our hands and Anna Olsson understands the world through her loom, where her hands are at work.

Length 110 cm
Height 80 cm

Anna Olsson Tapestry weaver
Photo: © Anna Olsson
Before the Disaster: Toothbrushes

This colourful tapestry shows a line of nine differently coloured toothbrushes hanging on a wall above a bathroom sink. It is part of a series Anna Olsson calls Before the Disaster, which focuses on things we take for granted today but which may be hard-to-achieve luxuries in the future if the world as we know it collapses. Anna is often struck by the fact that we live as if disasters can never hit us, whereas other people and communities in other parts of the world face them daily.

Length 100 cm
Height 100 cm

Anna Olsson Tapestry weaver
Photo: © Anna Olsson
Cure, relieve, comfort, stand by you

This tapestry shows a boy sitting opposite Anna Olsson in her consultancy room at the clinic. He is dressed in a light t-shirt and black trousers, sitting in an armchair, his hands resting in his lap. The floor is a warm yellow, the walls are light blues. It shows a scene from Anna’s work as a psychologist for refugee children who fled to Sweden. As part of this work she has listened to a lot of pain and despair, and has a responsibility for the precious trust they have put in her.

Length 110 cm
Height 140 cm

Anna Olsson Tapestry weaver
Photo: © Anna Olsson
Memories of Värmland

This Anna Olsson tapestry shows the profile view of a lynx, which is woven in shades ranging from light beige to dark grey. The background is a mix of three different greens and the brown trunks of three trees are visible in the background. It is a commissioned work.

Length 120 cm
Height 120 cm

Anna Olsson Tapestry weaver
Photo: © Anna Olsson
Comforting Hand

This tapestry with a yellow background shows two men, both wearing light blue shirts, at a bar having a drink. One of them rests his head in his left hand, while the other man puts his hand on the other's shoulder. The tapestry conveys the closeness that is barely noticeable but which is so important between us – a pat on the shoulder, holding a door open, a quick selfie or a high five. We talk to each other through the proximity of our hands and Anna Olsson understands the world through her loom, where her hands are at work.

Length 110 cm
Height 80 cm

Anna Olsson Tapestry weaver

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