• Grez-sur-Loing - Arts and Relationships

    Written by Fashion Tales

    16 februari ­- 18 augusti 2019

    This spring's big exhibition at Waldemarsudde presents the mythical artist colony Grez-sur-Loing based on the latest research. In Grez, in the late 19th century, various relationships and relationships emerged between the artists of different nationalities who lived there and the fascinating works that they created in the village and its beautiful surroundings. More than 100 works by Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon artists such as Karin and Carl Larsson, Julia Beck, Karl Nordström, Peder Severin Krøyer, Frank O'Meara, William Blair Bruce and Carolina Benedicks are shown in the exhibition.

    A large number of artists, writers and musicians from different parts of the world met in Grez at the end of the 19th century. In the village they were inspired by each other both artistically and on a personal level. Socially, Grez served as a platform for artist communities, but also for friendship and love relationships within and across national borders. The latter include, for example, the marriage between William Blair Bruce and Carolina Benedicks as well as between Francis Brooks Chadwick and Emma Löwstädt. Despite the fact that the nation-wide connections have, the Grez colony in older Swedish art history writing, and in the exhibition context at home, has been described above all as a domestic affair. In the latter research which is highlighted in this exhibition, a completely different picture is drawn of how artists from different countries lived and acted in consensus side by side in the village.

    The exhibition Grez-sur-Loing - Art and relations is the first of its kind in Sweden to describe the French village of Grez as an international meeting place for Swedish, other Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon artists. The focus of the presentation is the many interesting works of art that were created in Grez from the late 1870s to the early 1890s. The exhibition contains over 100 works in different materials and techniques with motifs from the place and its beautiful surroundings. The bridge over the river Loing, the village's stone houses and gardens, the locals at work and friend portraits. The presentation also shows drawings from festivities such as masquerade and costume bales at Hôtel Chevillon and Pension Laurent. Among the artists who are represented can eg. include Karin Bergöö (married Larsson), Carl Larsson, Julia Beck, Emma Löwstädt-Chadwick, Hugo Birger, Karl Nordström, Carolina Benedicks-Bruce, Christian Krohg, Peder Severin Krøyer, Frank O'Meara, Katherine Mac Causland, Francis Brooks Chadwick and William Blair Bruce.

    Grez-sur-Loing - Art and relations are part of Waldemarsudde's multi-year venture to highlight artist colonies as a phenomenon in the 19th century European art life. Earlier presentations at the museum have included the artist colony in Skagen in northern Jutland, the artist colony at Tyresö outside Stockholm and the Worpswede colony outside Bremen.

    “It is a great pleasure for us at Waldemarsudde to, after the autumn's critically acclaimed exhibition on the Worpswede colony, now shed light on the fascinating international artist colony in the northern French village of Grez-sur-Loing. The extensive exhibition contains works from the late 1800s by both famous and currently forgotten artists of different nationalities. The female painters' situation in Grez, the social connections between the artists and the locals, and the colonial writers, including Strindberg and Robert Louis Stevenson, are highlighted in our rich, research-based presentation. The exhibition is unique of its kind and the first ever in Sweden to highlight the Grez colony as a meeting place for Swedish, other Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon artists, writers and musicians in particular, ”says Karin Sidén, museum director and one of those responsible for the exhibition.

    The exhibition is supplemented by an extensive catalog of articles by writers from England, Ireland, the USA, Norway and Sweden.


  • The Swedish singer/songwriter Robyn drops a collection together with the Swedish sports wear brand Björn Borg under the name "RBN"

    Written by Fashion Tales

    February 15th. 
    Today, Swedish sports fashion brand Björn Borg releases their exclusive capsule collection RBN with international pop star and fashion icon Robyn. The modern unisex collection presents a mixture of edgy sportswear and street fashion.
    Björn Borg and Robyn put their heads together to create RBN. The capsule collection is developed by Robyn together with renowned stylist Naomi Itkes and Björn Borg’s design team. The limited collection consists of 23 pieces of clothing in different colourways photographed by Casper Sejersen.

    It is modern and non-gender specific; a mix of sportswear, streetwear and fashionable workwear. Inspired by some of Robyn’s favourite garments and some of the pieces in Björn Borg’s archive dating back to the 80’s, it offers full looks with fleece hoodies, tracksuits, polo shirts, underwear and socks.

    RBN reflects my love for street style and how it’s signaled in youth culture, it is inspired by my favourite garments throughout the years. I thought it would be cool to make gear that I can wear both to go out running and clubbing in”, says Robyn.

    Mija Nideborn Design Director at Björn Borg, about the collection: “The RBN collection really captures what Björn Borg is all about – a contemporary fusion of sportswear and fashion. It is Robyn’s creative vision mixed with our brand DNA, a flirt with the street fashion of today.”

    As part of the RBN launch, Robyn releases her new music video – featuring her song “Send to Robin Immediately”. The global launch is happening at Browns East in London on February 15th and is followed by an after party where Robyn and special guests will DJ.

  • Altered

    Written by Fashion Tales

    The Swedish innovation that reduces water consumption by 98%. With a nozzle that is easily installed on the crane, the amount of water consumed can be greatly reduced. It saves a lot of energy and significantly reduces CO2 emissions. Behind the innovation that is recognized worldwide, there are three Swedes.

    Altered: Nozzle was launched in 2016 via the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. The product was based on an idea to use the pressure in the water pipe to atomize the water to use it more efficiently. Prototypes showed that it was possible to divide the water into millions of drops and to increase the speed to 50 km / h, which resulted in the hands being able to wash with full effect with only 2% of consumption. The response was huge with over 30,000 pre-orders of 30 days and over 50 million impressions on Facebook. In a short time you received inquiries from private individuals, companies, municipalities, hotels and restaurants from all over the world.

    Altered: Nozzle was launched in 2016 via the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. The product was based on an idea to use the pressure in the water pipe to atomize the water to use it more efficiently. Prototypes showed that it was possible to divide the water into millions of drops and to increase the speed to 50 km / h, which resulted in the hands being able to wash with full effect with only 2% of consumption. The response was huge with over 30,000 pre-orders of 30 days and over 50 million impressions on Facebook. In a short time you received inquiries from private individuals, companies, municipalities, hotels and restaurants from all over the world.

    “If we want to make as big a difference as possible, as soon as possible, the goal must be to find extremely simple and affordable ways to upgrade all existing products. Not to replace them. That is what we do with Altered: Nozzle, ”says Johan Nihlén, CEO of Altered.

    Today, the first products have been released and much attention has been paid to the USA and the Middle East, but the fastest growing market is currently India, where interest has been enormous. The products work all over the world and the goal is to reach as many people as possible with the innovation, which has the potential to save billions of liters of water and countless amounts of energy and CO2 emissions.

    Altered: Nozzle has recently been selected to become part of the Nationalmuseum's collection. Cilla Robach, associate professor and first curator of the Nationalmuseum with responsibility for contemporary design, says about the donation of Nozzle Dual Flow Pro: “Design for sustainable development one of the great challenges of the world today and Altered's nozzle offers a simple way for the user to radically reduce their drinking water consumption. But a prerequisite for us to want to use it is that it has an attractive design that blends into modern kitchens. The product has a work height both in design and function. Nationalmuseum is Sweden's responsibility museum for collecting arts and crafts. The collection extends from the 16th century to the present.”

    Since the launch, WWF's prize, Climate Solver 2018, Nordic Cleantech Open and the SME Innovation Award 2018, has also been won by the European Commission's research and development organization for water.

    The company has also recently launched a soap, Altered: Soap, the first in a series of cleaning products specially adapted for the water-saving technology. The product is a rich and environmentally friendly foam soap but only natural ingredients. Altered has more news planned ahead and will, among other things, offer its nozzles in simpler and more affordable materials to get larger, global distribution.


  • New Balance launches unisex collection and continues to pay tribute to talented individuals

    Written by Fashion Tales

    New Balance introduces a new unisex collection that has taken inspiration from the 90's archives. Associated with the launch, New Balance strengthens the brand position “Fearlessly Independent,” which aims to support and lift colorful individuals to inspire others to challenge norms, dare to stand up for change and continue to be progressive.

    The classic New Balance model 997 was released for the first time in 1991 and is, although it may not always got the most time in the spotlight, a big favorite among sneakers connoisseurs. Now New Balance launches it updated version 997H, which inspired inspiration from the classic predecessor, but at the same time breathe modernity and contemporary. The collection also includes clothes, everything in unisex sizes.

    In connection with the launch of 997H, the New Balance continues its work on the global platform “Fearlessly Independent” and this time chooses to let young, fearless Swedish creators take the place and show the outside world its capacity. The campaign faces outwards are the artists Felix Sandman, the former FO & Omedlemen who is now on their own, and Luana Kiara who at Spotify has over ten million streams on his collab “Bad Boy” together with Tungevaag & Rabaan. As the first step in the creative the movement lets you release a music video to Felix Sandman's song “Miss you like crazy” where you to collaborated with set designer and neon artist Josefin Eklund, winner of the Nöjesguiden's Göteborg Award in category “Art of the year” 2018. The music video is released on 8/2.

    It feels like such a large brand chooses to highlight young creators by lifting ours stories and our art. I like that New Balance chose to work creatively and it's cool that they can tell their independent story through mine. I love sneakers so this cooperation fell very much naturally, says Felix Sandman.

    Felix Sandman has, despite his young age and in a short time, achieved great success and has a strong driving force and willingness to change. He belongs to the Swedish independent company TEN Music Group and is highly topical one of the leading roles in Sweden's first Netflix Original series, “Largest of all” released in spring, but will be premiered during the Berlin Film Festival in February. New Balance is both a training and lifestyle brand and they believe that both athletes and creative practitioners are a force for social change and wants to support and lift these in different ways through the platform.

    There are many talented individuals in Sweden who drive conversations, culture and development forward different ways. Through our launch of 997H, we are expanding our cooperation with young and fearless profiles, not only in sports, but now also in creativity and music. This is a first step in spring brand transfer and we have great ambitions ahead, says Hanna Löfberg, Marketing Manager at New Balance.

    The original 997H sneaker is now being modernized and updated in the new 997H to meet today's sport-driven fashion who draws inspiration from the trends and looks of the 90s. 997H comes in four different color settings, is Equipped with an updated sole and a tasteful upper in suede with stylish leather and mesh details. Along with the shoe, two tracksuits are also released in unisex sizes. The 997H collection is released by selectors dealer on 2/2. The prices are SEK 899 for the sneakier, SEK 699 for the track deposit and SEK 749 for wind jacket. Additional product or campaign information can be found on the campaign page at Sneakers Point.


  • Liljevalchs - Vårsalong 2019

    Written by Fashion Tales

    January 25 - March 24

    Vårsalongen 2019 takes place in the home of Carl Bergsten, in the pink house on Djurgården and the audience can queue as usual even though the work for Liljevalch's extension is in full swing.

    All works are for sale and the participants have set the prices themselves. Most expensive this year is the Zorn parafras “Red sand” which costs one million kronor - perhaps as one provocative flash to the art market. SEK 340,000 wants The creator collective Forma has for its installation “17,000” in 34 parts. Cheapest is the animations by Malin Desme (SEK 200) and Karin Elmgren (600). The sale of works is ongoing throughout the exhibition period.

    Since 2010, the number of applicants to Vårsalongen is steadily above 2000. This one time and time a record number was sought: 3,538 applications came in. 136 artists have has been adopted and shows a total of 254 works. This year, the women are in the majority, 79 against 57 men, and the age range remains big. Youngest is an 18 year old from Stockholm and the oldest are two who is passed the 90s. The average age is 49 years.

    The jury for Vårsalongen 2019 has been composed by the artists Helene Billgren, Susanne Vollmer and Lasse Åberg, the latter also museum director,
    the chairman was Liljevalch's head Mårten Castenfors.


  • Femininity and gender equality discussed at the UNTITLED Fair, Miami Art Basel 2018

    Written by Anonymous

    Femininity and gender equality discussed at the UNTITLED Fair, Miami Art Basel 2018

    By bringing art society from around the world together, Art Basel in Miami is a yearly art and culture celebration of the highest rank in the United States. Foremost galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa introduce works of their modern and contemporary art masters, including new generation of emerging talents. During the art fair certain spaces in the city of Miami turning into art platforms. Spending an intensive week filled with exhibitions and art events, dj sets and private parties, I feel incredibly inspired. However, there are also a number of questions to discuss. 

    The UNTITLED Art Fair at the Ocean drive on the South Beach that through December, 5th-9th, leaves space for established art galleries and non-profit organisations, which spread awareness of significant social and political issues, engaging visitors into an exploratory conversation. One of the participators was the non-profit art platform Girls’ Club based in Fort Lauderdale, who presented a project Changing Room. Featuring performance work of Swedish dancer and choreographer, Jenny Larsson and a static installation with wearable design pieces from the visual artists such as Lucinda Linderman, Michelle Weinberg, and Natalie Zlamalova, the female art collective challenges the conventional norms for the expression of the public female identity. Seemingly, the ability of the Swedish dancer to integrate her feministic considerations into her own artistic language, has inspired American artists, what resulted in a series of grotesque garments. The question is whether the artists’ elaboration on the idea is a further interpretation or a protest against Swedish pragmatism when it concerns femininity.   Furthermore, I feel slightly uncertain concerning the Miami streets being ready to switch to the “Swedish” style of femininity, which definitely is not about girls having nice legs and a tan and radiating their sexuality as an exchange currency for success and empowerment.  

    Another intriguing performance piece at the UNTITLED fair was submitted by the Russian /American visual artist and social justice activist Ekaterina Juskowski.  Her fifty-hour long performance #NeverNotWorking, in which the artist uses the fashion accessory le tablier, text and colour, aimed to manifest the necessity of taking stand towards the repeated injustice of the underpaid domestic labourers. The performance has a deep personal connection because Ekaterina’s great-grandmother was one of such labourers, doing laundry for other people in order to make her own living. 

    Amongst the female contributors, I was able to discover artworks, created by male actors with relation to femininity and gender equality. At booth B 27, managed by the Sapar Contemporary Gallery (New York), had invited visitors to his exciting conversation. Young Azerbaijan artist Faig Ahmed showed a series of handmade carpets, woven by the Middle Eastern women. Understood as psychedelic creations, the rugs involve collectors in a multi-faceted interpretation game. “On a fundamental level, we spread out carpets on the floor to decorate and embellish our homes, the places, where gender equality begins. This is why I’d like to move beyond.” Faig Ahmed’s rugs and intertwine issues of power and subjectivity, gender and class, culture and individuality. To me, when the conditions are right, an artwork becomes resplendent.