Some vocations in life are confirmed early. Those who pursue them, know how to refine them continuously to better find themselves. Karin Carlander is one of those people. As a 19-year-old Danish girl, she flew to La Provence in France where she encountered the French weaver Jacqueline de la Baume Dürrbach and experienced the beauty of transmission: the Master’s knowledge being passed on to the hands of the Pupil. Her choice was a strong one, since the French weaver’s project was to translate the paintings of the great Picasso into tapestry, at the request of the great artist himself. The genius of art and beauty has continued to accompany the path of Karin Carlander from that point on. Then came a decisive encounter with Japan, which sowed lasting seeds in the heart and hands of the textile craftswoman.
That experience still enchants Carlander’s philosophy today, in the studio north of Copenhagen where she lives and works, even when reinterpreting traditional crafts of her own country. Are we able to see it in the functional simplicity of her TEXTILE N° range of textiles for everyday use? Or in their sustainable quality? Karin Carlander’s fabrics are imagined on an old manual loom, at a pace that leaves room for reflection, which she says gives her better understanding and deep respect for the way objects of everyday life are manufactured.
We can thus also clearly understand the origins of the SLOW LIFE spirit that inhabits the creations of the textile artist, which are inspired by both a Nordic mindset and one of the Land of the Rising Sun. We couldn’t be less surprised to learn that her weavings are exclusively made with linen from a Masters of Linen-certified spinning mill.
This 100% European linen is naturally grown in northwestern France, where it is recognized as being of exceptional quality. “It’s the finest and strongest flax in the world”, she says, but also the most environmentally friendly, as the wet Normand climate obviates the need of intensive irrigation.
It is this respect for nature that binds craftspeople both to the material and the wonders it allows to produce. One look at the beauty of the TEXTILE N° towels, tablecloths, placemats or tea towels by Karin Carlander is enough to reveal their artisanal origin. Collections are cleverly organized according to an encrypted system, representing the thickness of the thread used. A number appears on the border of each piece, allowing the author to prove their originality.