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Lecture: Helena Hernmarck: Wool and Color


Presented by Helena Hernmarck

Saturday, January 22, 2022, 10am PT Online Presentation via Zoom

Admission: Free to TAC Members, $5 Students and members of FAMSF, $10 General Admission.

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Zoom link will be emailed to all TAC members

In this presentation, Helena Hernmarck will illustrate the evolution of her signature weaving technique from her early days at art school in Sweden to the present, highlighting important commissions including her recent commission at 35 Hudson Yards in New York. Every commission has its own unique story. This commission involved the creation of two sets of tapestries that extend up the wall and across the ceiling of the elevator lobby in the building’s residential entrance. Each set spans approximately 225 square feet, and the two sets are exchanged every six months. Hernmarck will discuss the challenges and triumphs involved in designing for this unique space and in creating a method to install the tapestries.

Helena Hernmarck is a Swedish-born tapestry artist and weaver best known for her monumental tapestries designed for architectural settings. Her designs derive from sources ranging from photographs, to watercolors, to handwritten letters, and even from the texture of wool itself. She has supported Swedish textile arts throughout her career, collaborating with Swedish spinners, dyers, and weavers on many commissions. Hernmarck’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and other institutions.

Image Credits: 1. Hernmarck stands in front of her wool wall with a bright orange skein of yarn. The yarn is spun and dyed to Hernmarck’s specifications at a spinning mill in Sweden from wool from the Swedish rya sheep. Photo: Ross Mantle


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