Kari Dyrdal

Homage to Grandmother/Tatting, 2008
silk, linen, cotton Ė digital weave

As a little girl, Kari Dyrdal learned embroidery from her grandmother,
sparking a lifelong interest in textiles. As an adult, she trained as a textile
artist, specialising in weaving. For an artist, however, it is not enough to
simply carry on a tradition. The tatted cloth she inherited from her
grandmother was originally created to serve as a doily, not as art. But,
appropriated for an artistic purpose, it can be used to tell a story about
changes in home decoration and taste as well as in womenís training
and work. The first thing Kari Dyrdal did was to photograph the doily and
then manipulate it in Photoshop. She had the actual weaving done on a
computer-controlled Dornier Jacquard loom at Audax Textile Museum in
Tilburg in the Netherlands. Before the weaving could start, she had to
make decisions about the materialís surface quality and compactness.
The mixture of cotton, linen and silk thread produces a lively surface and
the illusion that the doily sits in relief on top. The weaving took
approximately one and a half hours. The choice of the tatted cloth as a
motif functions as a reminder of the time consuming, domestic handiwork
done by women in the past, but its digital reworking points
unsentimentally to alternative production methods for contemporary

Jorunn Veiteberg

Kari Dyrdal (born 1952 in Oslo) is a textile artist based in Bergen, Norway.




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