Friday, 6 February 2009
Why chose between handicraft and massproduction? The Swedish designer Karin Welin paints with woolen fibre on industrial needle felt. The dry needling technique came up when she was experimenting at the felt producer Nordifa in the south of Sweden, and the result is a kind of carpet you’ve never seen before. Every carpet has unique patterns and the designer is involved in the whole process, from choosing which sheep to use to painting the carpets in the factory.
– The painting process is a fast one, says Karin, I work in the same way as a glass painter.
Image: The carpet “It’s Alive”, painted with wool from sheep at a farm outside Stockholm.