Hemslöjdens samlingar

Long time no see (again). I want to post here more regularly in this new year. Let’s start with some catching up then.

For the last few month I have been working for the handicraft association of Skåne – Skånes hemslöjdsförbund, on a digitalisation of  the collection of the handicraft association. The collection (catalog information and the pictures) is displayed on a web-resource called Digitalt Museum, used by many swedish museums for making their collections available for the general public in a digital format. The largest collection is from Nordiska Museum (Swedish Museum of cultural history).

In Hemslöjdens collection there are many antique folk art items, modern reproductions and works of local designers – home textiles, folk costumes, clothes and other items (not only textiles, but f.ex. baskets and candle holders). I have been working with the picture part –  fixing up existing pictures, taking new photos and putting them into the database. Being in those archives and seeing all those beautiful things is quite overwhelming experience. I think I had a bit of visual overload, probably that’s why the blogging become neglected, but I am all fresh and rested now after the long christmas holidays, haha)

LKLH-21_B MSSHDG-557_ALKLH-280_A MSSHDG-13_B MSSHDG-623_B litenVäska ApelMSSHDG-47_B MSSHDG-157_C  MSSHDG-621_G liten MSSHDG-895-2_CMSSHDG-1141

Here are all the folders of Hemslöjdens collection (not just from Skåne but from other regions of Sweden too) and new  folders are being added and completed on a regular basis.

Here are my favourite folders from our (Skånes Hemslöjd) collection (some pictures are new, some old)

Skånsk rölakan (double interlocked tapestry)

Spedetröjor (knitted womens jumpers, part of local folk costume)

60-tals broderi (Swedish emroidery from 1960s)

Tröjor från Sydöstra Skåne (very peculiar little jackets from southeast of Skåne)

(in DigitaltMuseum, once you have clicked on a picture to enlarge it you may want to use > and < pointers to flickr through the detail pictures ).

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16 responses to “Hemslöjdens samlingar

  1. Quimper Hitty January 7, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    It looks like a very interesting project. I work at a Museum too, and I know how overwhelming it can be to work with “stuff” all day and then come home to more “stuff” but I am looking forward to seeing what you have been making yourself!

    I am interested in the Spedetröjor they look very beautiful.

    • Alfia January 7, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      And I used to envy people who work at the museums! Ah, I still envy, because it is fun, even if it is information-intensive. Thanks for the support, I will show my own stuff here too.

      Spedetröjor were typical for Skåne and they have made sort of come-back here in a few resent years, originally they were knitted on very thin needles and then felted a bit afterwards, so they become quite compact and they were worn rather tight. In old days they were knitted with white yarn and then sent for dyeing (where they’d become felted) , after that you would do all that embroidery and decoration with velvet bands etc. For my taste the originals are a bit too short, just to the waist, if I ever knit one I will make it longer,

  2. lena January 7, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    What a nice job you are doing.

  3. Maria Ho January 7, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Roligt att se att ni har hunnit så långt i Skåne :)! Här i Stockholm har vi inte börjat än.
    Nån gång ska jag lära mig maskinstickning och sticka en spedetröja…

    • Alfia January 7, 2015 at 11:14 pm

      Tack! Jobbar du okså med Hemslödens samligar?! Här i Skåne det är lite som pilotprojekt – någon måste börja och se om det fungerar och göra alla misstag som går att göra. Det är lite pyssel med databasen innan allt hamnar på DM.
      Jag känner några som har handstickat en spedetröja på tunna stickor… men flera som fortfarande stickar, eller vill börja, det verkar vara ett sådant projekt – “nån gång” :)

      • Maria Ho January 8, 2015 at 12:30 am

        Jag är ordförande i Stockholms läns hemslöjdsförening och vi har ett antal hyllmeter arkivprylar, både rester från våra butiker och föreningspapper. För närvarande orkar vi inte riktigt med mer än att betala vår arkivhyra… Men det är väldigt häftigt att se hur våra samlingar börjar bli tillgängliga digitalt.

    • Alfia January 8, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Vad kul! Det är rätt så mycket jobb med digitaliseringen, ibland känns det som oändligt – så mycket saker och bilder, och det går alltid att komplettera och förbättra både informationen och bilderna… Men man gör det lite “bird by bird”.
      Det ska vara roligt att se Stockholms läns samlingarna med, lycka till med det hela!

  4. Joanna January 7, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    I look at your Flickr photos of museum pieces often. I missed your blog posts but am glad you are ‘away’ adding to digital museum photos of Hemslöjdens samlingar!

    • Alfia January 7, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      Thank you! I am glad you look at those pictures, I always thought I was just documenting for the sake of documenting, for myself mostly. The digital museum project is interesting and meaningful, but I started to miss my own staff here too!

  5. Elisabet January 8, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Vilket roligt uppdrag du har fått! Så bra att bilder och dokumentation görs tillgängligt i Digitalt Museum. Jag jobbade med Örebro läns Slöjdförenings samlingar (nu i länsmuseets ägo) för ca 20 år sedan. Sorterade mängder med saker som legat nerpackade i lådor i många år, märkte upp, katalogiserade och la in i en databas som någon på landstinget hade byggt. Mycket primitivt med nutida ögon! Fotografera var det aldrig tal om. Senare har andra märkt om allt på nytt jag tror det finns inlagt i databasen Hemslöjdens samlingar. Men jag tror inte att någon har fotat. Sedan för bortåt 10 år sedan jobbade jag med samlingarna i Sörmland, märkte, katalogiserade, la in i databasen Sofi och fotograferade. Bilderna är pyttesmå, det gick inte att lagra så mycket på den tiden.

    • Alfia January 8, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Vad kul att du jobbade med det ! och så mycket! Då vet du att det är ganska oändligt jobb :)
      Malmöhus och Kristianstads samlingar var också i Sofi och konverterades sen till Primus (databasen bakom Digitalt Museum) – och ja, bilderna är i frimärksformat – för vissa fanns det originella skannade större bilder, som gick att pyssla om lite, men ganska många bilder är väldigt mörka eller små. Ja, det är roligt uppdrag, dessutom sitter jag med hemslöjdskonsulenterna, vilket är väldigt givande och bildande.

  6. onesmallstitch January 8, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    thank you for the links. I could spend hours enjoying the individual pieces and imagining the women who created them. beautiful designs and colours. I, too missed you, nice to see you back.

    • Alfia January 8, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Oh, Jean, thank you very much! I am so glad you liked the textiles, my colleague and me, we talk to them as if they were people, while taking out and putting in the boxes (specially to folk costumes) , like – “oh, you are such a bright little lady, come here, we will look at you”, or “Sir, we are sorry this box is a bit too little for you, we apologize for inconvenience” Fortunately the archive is in the isolated part of the building and nobody hears us.
      I missed our cozy and meaningful textile “show and tell” too!

  7. Marie-Josée January 21, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Hello! I have been coming around here for a couple months now, and I love what I see. I am wondering, is the Handicraft Association of Skane, one of the association that Marta Mäas-Fjetterstrom worked for when she was still a young weaver/designer? Anyhow, I am pretty sure she is from Skane. You must have had the chance to see her beautiful work. Thank you for sharing thos pictures and “pieces” of your life with us.

    • Alfia January 22, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you very much for your kind words and your interest!
      Yes, Märta Måås was employed by Handicraft Association of Skåne, but she got fired after quite short period of time because she was too incovinient for those times and had her own ideas (everything supposed to be done in very certain and strict way then, very traditionalistic). But it turned out much better for her that way, because she has opened her own atelje and became famous for her work. The atelje is still producing carpets and other weavings , you probably have seen their homepage http://www.mmf.se/html_en/index2.htm

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