Across Generations

Keeping the Flame of Ancestral Tradition Burning

The Sami gietkka, a cradle for newborn children, has an ingenious design. In this text duojárat and couple Fredrik Prost and Inga-Wiktoria Påve talk about two old cradles that were left in their care, and how they made them fit for new generations with the help of each other, their ancestors, and sketches from the 1930s.

Wānangatia Te Wahakura

In this extensive text by kairaranga (weaver) Tanya White we are introduced to the wahakura, a woven bassinet for infants made from harakeke, a native plant of Aotearoa New Zealand. The wahakura are vessels of wellbeing, providing safe sleeping spaces for small children. The article presents a case study of raranga wahakura (the practice of making a woven bassinet). It is an articulation of raranga (weaving) epistemology from a weaver’s perspective.

Baarkaldahke – A Living Cultural Legacy

While braiding baarkaldahke into a friend's hair Lova Isabelle talks about her love for making baarkaldahke, a South Sami hair jewellery made with yarn, thread, tassels and glass beads.

Texture of Practice: Raukura Turei

Whakapapa is a Māori framework that places us within the world. It encompasses all relationships we experience and guides our knowledge and connection to whānau (family), hītori (history), tikanga (customs) and philosophies. In this presentation by Raukura Turei we are introduced to the whakapapa of her practice, and how the materials she uses in her work connects her both to her tīpuna (ancestors) and the whenua (land).

In Search of Käsityö

Åsne Kummeneje Mellem is a young artist whose art practice focuses on Kven crafts, known as käsityö, and identity. In this interview with writer and artist Maija Liisa Björklund she discusses what Kven craft is, has been and could become, within the context of contemporary art.

On Fibre Optic Weaving and the Archiving of Landscape

In this film and interview by Ingun Mæhlum and Hilde Sørstrøm, artist Hilde Hauan Johnsen shares the background to her interest in plant dyeing and ancient weaving techniques, and for plant life around the world. Through her method of foraging plants and creating dyes, Hilde Hauan Johnsen’s artworks become archives of specific landscapes.