Caroline Harrius combines two historically local crafts in their floral embroidered vases. The Stockholm-based artist shapes large vessels and fills them with tiny holes just big enough for the thread to go through. The finished vases are decorated with a pre-made cross-stitch pattern or Harrius’ own floral motifs. They are semi-functional and illustrate the intersection of gender and craft history, especially with regard to decoration and purpose.
Harrius recently completed a Masters in Ceramic Art from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, where they started the porcelain couple. “It was the first time I was ashamed of something I was working on. I wanted to hide my vases so that no one could see them when I wasn’t there and explain the reason for the work. For some reason I didn’t see any value in the curvy vases and didn’t want to be associated with them, ”she shares.
Now she works from her studio in the legendary Swedish porcelain factory. GustavsbergHarrius plans to create a third vessel with black and white stitches – keep following her Instagram for progress on this draft – to complete the series that challenges historical ideas about women’s work. “I’m excited to see how I reassess the techniques when they are taken out of their original context and combined into one piece,” she writes. (about Brown paper bag)
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