BIRCH BARK - A MATERIAL STUDY
The entrance was to get to know the birch bark´s opportunities and get in to the different techniques. I wanted to challenge my own beliefs about the material culture and traditions of birch bark craft.
Birch bark is a material that for me carry a wealth of information, memories of meetings with braided birch-bark baskets filled with dried flowers. I have met birch bark in homes in the form of sugar bowls, cones on the Christmas tree, wrapped cans and wicker baskets. I started from the those meetings, the home and the container. And by making these objects and imitating traditional birchbark techniques I have explored and reflected on factors such as authenticity and value as well as the aesthetic and utility aspects found in birch bark handicrafts.
The project was implemented with the support of Gothenburg Crafts Association and in cooperation with Sara Malm