The shared heritage and mutual love of textiles presented an opportunity for Print Block, Dublin and Konstnärernas Kollektiv Verkstad, Textil, Malmö (KKV- Textiltryck Malmö) to embark on a joint exploration of values associated with the production, processing and uses of linen, a rich history common to both countries, but now almost extinct.
Creating space for explorative collaboration, the project enabled thirteen participants to develop work outside their existing practices. Besides two international study visits and two exhibitions, the artists stayed in touch via Skype and email, enabling personal and technical connections to develop.
Gathering to explore ideas, they shared techniques, inspirations and making as well as stories, songs, poetry and food; lending texture to the time given to experimentation and maturation of the project content.
Examining the historical and cultural landscape of
linen in both countries, the group has compared and contrasted similarities and differences. Historical methods was set alongside contemporary technologies; raw material, techniques, manufacturing, procedures, production, and social history was all considered. The work was informed by the past, but not bound by it.