UPLIFT, Sundsvalls Museum

Uplift at Sundsvalls Museum, Kulturmagasinet, 27 October 2012. The knitting was performed in
the current exhibition, 40 Years with Theatre Västernorrland. In the middle of the knittingcircle a
beautiful red rosecostume.
Music by Maria and Clara Michold from Indal.
An arrangement together with Handicraft organizations in Medelpad and Ångermanland 


Silver in the Swedish Design Award

We got a silver in the Swedish Design Award for the documentation
own our own time   www.svenskadesignpriset.se
See some videocut from the Faroe Island http://vimeo.com/36139047 or


Swedish Design Award - nomination

The documentation of the project "own our own time" is nominated to compete in the Swedish Design Award,
in the category of Information, Print, Class 2Aa                                                                                             
The folder is created by Susanne Ekelund, SEIDEA.
Read more http://www.designpriset.se/rostning.php and vote for us

SEIDEA is nominated with three diffrent designs.



Ground time - Human time

Current uplift rate in the High Coast area is about 0.8 m per 100 years.
Current uplift speed in the knittingcircle is about 2 cm per hour.
Kniiting in circle at the Textile archive in Sollefteå, Sweden 25 August,www.textilarkivet.se.
Hemslöjden in the county of Västernorrland celebrates.
In 2012 The National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies is 100 years old.
The Uplift in the High Coast area stated started around 10000 years ago.


Own our own time in Turku, Finland

On the current exhibition Tillstånd, in Turku, Finland  the project "Own our own time"
is presented along with other artworks. The exhibition is organized by the
finnish hanicraftorganization Gullkrona www.gullkrona.fi/articles/1641/


UPLIFT, some more images

From the knittingperformance UPLIFT, on June 16, Liljevalchs Arthall in Stockholm, Sweden
Photo Frida Sjögren, www.fridasjogren.se
The project is supported by www.kc-nord.org



UPLIFT on Liljevalchs, Stockholm

Uplift, Landhöjning, on Liljevalchs, Stockholm, a rainy Saturday, 16 June 2012. A  performance
with participants from the County of Västernorrland started a new monumental knitting, Uplift
A work of art where the place, the people and the craft work together. During the day, nearly
200 visitors and knitters participated in an activity that can trigger a spell. A desire for a rural area
that slowly rises, strong and alive.  
The knitting was accompanied by the musicians Anders and Yvonne Sohlman and Sarah Parkman.
Photo: Frida Sjögren www.fridasjogren.se


UPLIFT - one fourths missing

Uplift involves 24 knitters at a time. The knittingperformance will take place at Liljevalchs in Stockholm, Sweden, during one day ,16 June 2012. More knitters and visitors are invited to participate during the day. Uplift was prepared in spring 2012, when each of the participants created their own knitting. Medelpad and Sollefteå is telling the story of the forest and the large rivers, Härnösand and Örnsköldsvik focuses of the sea and the coastal landscape. When the four unions meet and knit together their beautiful pieces at Liljevalchs, the "gray stone", Uplift, will be the common theme. Uplift, a work of art created by the place, the people and the craft.

29 maj Sollefteå, Örnsköldsvik and Härnösand Handicraft Societies prepered for the performance. At this occasion, Medelpad was missing.


UPLIFT- a new monumental knitting

In partnership with 4 Handicraft societies from the County of Västernorrland in Sweden, Medelpad, Örnsköldsvik, Sollefteå and Härnösand, and Ångermanlands Handicraft society, a new knittingperformance, Uplift, will take place at Liljevalchs Konsthall in Stockholm, Sweden, 16 June 2012. www.liljevalchs.se
In the form of monumental knitting, 24 participants will show the piece Uplift, with a clear connection to the landscape in which the participants live and work. Västernorrland with the High Coast is the world´s greatest geological uplift. Uplift is a work in which the body's pace, here in the form of knitting, control the tempo of the work.

May 23 2012, participants from Härnösand knitted their fourth of the work together.


Red inspiration to a monumental knitting

A postcard with red knittings from the knittingproject on the Faroe Islands.
A piece of the folder own our own time, designed by Susanne Ekelund SE IDEA


Description of a monumental knitting

Here are two beautiful examples of the 80 knittings that are included in the monumental piece from the Faroe Islands. They are made by Aqiyo Murono, Japan and Vinca Thile, Denmark.
Hope you get inspired and start your own knitting circle. Beneath is a description of a monumental knitting. Welcome to take part, and please, send a picture when your knittingcircle is created. It would be fantastic to collect on the blog. Photo: Björn Granqvist

Description of a monumental knitting piece.
Agree on a common theme.
Sharing a common story raises the value of the event.

Individual work
Needles: A circular knitting needle 4,
60 centimetres, per person.

Number of stitches: 150 pc depending
on the materials and technique.
The finished knitting should be at least
75 centimetres wide. Just knit back and forth,
don’t knit a closed cylinder. Knit about
25 centimetres. Stop after a purl row. Cut off
the yarn. Leave the knitting on the needle.
Secure the knitting needles with a rubber band.

Collective work
Stand in a circle, facing the middle. Each
person has their own ball of yarn. Give your
left needle to the neighbour on your left. Start knitting.
Your knitting will move to the right.

The invitation looked like this for
the knitting done in the Faroe Islands:

Individual work
Theme red. You can unravel an old worn
and loved sweater and reuse the yarn. Knit
a sample, which shows your own tradition.
Produce a happy, crazy red message.
Create your own story.

Collective work
Each person was given a small ball of natural, Faroese yarn.
The origin of the yarn is part of the story.
An accordion player and twenty
Faroese dancers also took part in this
performance. Duration: Approximately 1 hour.


Project of the Year 2012

The project has been awarded as Project of theYear 2012 by The Swedish Handicraft Council www.nfh.se.  
Project leader has been Handicraft consultant Ulrika Bos Kerttu at Västernorrland County Museum. 
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the project.


See some video cut

photo: Gunnar Bäckman, Vaasa, Finland
Own our own time is documeted as a 14 minute video.
See some video cut at http://youtu.be/m4jcFd8-m8U
or http://vimeo.com/36139047