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Slow Quick Quick Slow
September 25–September 26
Sept 25th – sept 26th hr. 14 – 17
Ebba Stålhandske, fibre artist
Gudrun Westerlund, painter
from Uppsala, Sweden
They work with different materials. Ebba is a fibre artist. Gudrun is a painter. This means
also that there is a difference in their way of working, to be exact, a difference in the time it
takes. Hence the title SLOW QUICK QUICK SLOW.
Ebba works mostly with embroidery, which often means a lot of small stitches.
She works with different techniques such as dying materials in different ways, appliqué
and finally embroidery. The stitches make the final image.
Gudrun, here in Akureyri, has been working with ink on mulberry paper, in big sweeps
over the paper and also with watercolours.
Otherwise she works with egg and oil tempera on canvas which is not so quick.
Being here together has given them opportunity to try some joint work.
They have used pieces of tarlatan, a semitransparent and stiff fabric. They started on one
little square each, Ebba with embroidery and Gudrun with painting. Then they switched
and continued on the other person’s work. No theme, just improvising. Just a lot of fun.
But it’s not only a game. It is also an exciting and challenging experience. You have to
adjust to somebody else’s idea, and continue and complete a picture that is already half
We also have become more familiar with the two techniques, their different potentials and
how they can connect to each other to make an art work for which both are responsible.