Photo: Emma Holmgren

Arianna E. Funk.

Handweaver based in Stockholm.

My work encompasses a range of techniques, executed to the best of the hand's ability. I apply these weave structures to various areas of the home and body. Often my work directly interacts with and refers to dirt, filth, and abjection, but implicitly, under the guise of beautiful, handmade things. I make saleable objects that question our use of mass-produced textiles and push the boundary of what the consumer is willing to pay to achieve "everyday luxury."

The craft [hantverket] is most important to me; I follow a traditional definition of craftsperson or konsthantverkare, one who masters a material. I am currently weaving a flossa rug as an application for a journeyman's certificate.

Most of my current work falls under the concept of a "wholly handwoven household" [helhandvävt hushåll]. These are workhorse textiles, brukstextilier, meant to not only be used but to be dirtied or used until threadbare: dishrags, aprons, bathmats. They are objects most of us switched out for machine-woven long ago. I intentionally avoid that which Swedish women have traditionally woven for the home, all the runners and kitchen towels and sauna towels that end up carefully mangled and folded in the linen cabinet. Are handwoven objects too expensive for everyday use?

I want both the object and the process to be freed from their preciousness.

Grounded in the idea that using handmade textiles is the best way to show respect to both the work and the craftswoman, the Wholly Handwoven Household is a collection of handwoven, luxurious objects made to be sullied and worn.

I am a founding member of Studio Supersju, an ateljé established in 2016. We are seven weavers devoted to the future of weaving in Sweden.

 

Prizes:

Siv and Carl Malmsten Memorial Fund Craftsmanship Stipend, 2016

Estrid Ericsson travel stipend for research trip to the Hebrides, 2016.

Gålö Stiftelsen travel stipend for research trip to the Hebrides, 2016.

"i all diskretion" was a runner-up in Vävmagasinet's 'Väv Rutigt' contest, Fall 2015.

 

Residencies and apprenticeships:

Nytomta Stiftelsens vävstuga (weaving studio), August 2016.

Eaton Hill Textile Works, mini-apprenticeship. April 2015.

 

Exhibitions:

Exhibition/boutique with Studio Supersju at Fiberspace Gallery, April 2017

'Autofagi' exhibited at Handarbetets Vänners Open House, March 2017.

'Autofagi' exhibited in Nobel Creations 2016 at Tom Tits Experiment, Dec 2016-Feb 2017.

Handwoven yardage exhibited in Mode i sju akter at Kulturhuset Stockholm, June-September 2016. 

"diskretionens förklä" exhibited at Handarbetets Vänners Open House, March 2016.

"i all diskretion" exhibited at Handarbetets Vänners Open House, March 2015.

"i all diskretion" exhibited at Vävdagarna in Glimåkra, Sweden, October 2015.

 

Education:

Handarbetets Vänners Skola, Textilhantverk: Vävning. 2014-2017.

New York University, M.A. Visual Culture: Costume Studies. 2009-2011.

Bates College, B.A. Theater: Costume Design. 2004-2007.