Newsletter / April 2015
This month three of Sätergläntan’s students, Patricia, Oscar och Jonas, about connection… with yourself, with nature and, not least, with their crafts. We want to welcome everyone to visit us and see the works of our full-time students during the yearly spring exhibition 22-23 May with exhibition, clothes shows and spring coffee at Sätergläntan. The programme for the two days will be published closer to the event dates on our website and on our Facebook-page. Hope to see you then!
Patricia Gatti Liljedahl
Year 2 Student of Sewing at Sätergläntan
Connection, how deep it is. When we see each other, or talk to each other or when we do something with our hands and another person takes it into their hands, a feeling arises in that other person. Then, I assume, my feelings that I had in the moment of creation meet with the feelings of that other person, is that a connection? I think so.
You can read more by Patricia and see her works on her blog:
Image (below): Hand embroidered heart by Patricia. © Patricia Gatti Liljedahl
Year 1 Student of Blacksmithing at Sätergläntan
My connection with the craft is an important part of my everyday life, it makes me move forward while at the same time look back in time at where we came from and how it has moved us forward.
That I can transform a few simple rings into beautiful bracelets or take the same rings and weave them together into a chain mail that has been used for hundreds of years back in time and improved into today’s protection armour that help saving lives today.
Or when I take a piece of sheet metal and create a bowl that can be classified as art or using the same sheet metal to make a helmet that has been used and improved over hundreds of years, that is when I connect with myself and the origins of humanity and its development that has helped us to where we are today.
There are so many things that I think that we need to preserve in the broad path of crafts since they are a good and healthy way of looking at where we come from and where we are today – good and bad.
Image (below): Oscar working on his project in the blacksmithing forge. © Watorafy/Slava Druk
Year 1 Student of Woodcraft at Sätergläntan
The Connection with our Surroundings
There are an incredible number of ways that we can stay connected today. There are mobile phones, TV, internet, Facebook, mail and the multitude of social media. Still, it feels like we are increasingly losing our connection with our surroundings and, in particular, with nature.
Above: When you are paddling a home-built canoe you have a strong connection with everything around you. If you get thirsty, you simply dip your cup in the water.
Just take a thing like the water, where we get it from. We just turn the tap and it starts pouring. But where do we actually get this water from? Often we don’t even know where it comes from and how it was treated. It feels lifeless and boring since we do not actually have any connection with it. Compare it to drinking the clear and fresh water from a mountain stream. That you know has been travelling down the mountain and that sooner or later will reach the sea. You hear the sound and even feel the whiff of the water when you drink it. It gives you a context and a direct connection to your location and the now.
Above: Connecting with our surroundings. The image was shot in Marrakech, Marocko.
The same goes for crafts and sloyd. You don’t have a personal connection with a set of shelves purchased from IKEA or a t-shirt bought at H&M. However, when you build your own shelves or sew your own t-shirt the object takes on another life. Just like with the waterways, you know the origins of the object and when you see the process of creating it you appreciate its value the more.
Below: When you stay in a tipi, you are a part of your surroundings and sense it more intensely than when you are indoors. Images © Jonas Sjöblom.
This connection is very important and unfortunately underestimated. We need this kind of solid, well-known elements in our everyday lives in order to feel safe and calm. Work is often accused of being the reason for a lot of the stress and people being burnt out in today’s society. However, our impersonal surroundings are just as important.
Jonas suggests a book for reading on this topic “Färd, möte-människa-natur” (transl. “Journey, meeting-human being-nature”) by Roger Isberg who is dealing with the connection with nature. Jonas himself is blogging at: http://paddlereflections.blogspot.se/.
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