Today’s featured post is by G. Scott MacLeod, who has successfully embodied the mission of the Northern Women Arts Collaborative by combining both scientific research and art. Based on an exhibit and research project carried out at the National Museum of Iceland, Scott has created a film and graphic novel about the life of a…

The Borgund Kaupang Project, Norway.

https://youtu.be/h3lBIp4byqQ The site of Borgund Kaupang located on the western coast of Norway in the vicinity of Ålesund, is a Viking Age harbor and trade site where occupation and commerce continued until the Late Middle Ages. It was also a medieval ecclesiastic center with evidence of 4 churches, possibly even 5. It is not yet clear…

Pile Weaving on the Warp Weighted Loom in Norway.

Osterøy Museum, Hordaland, Norway. A while back we did a post on varafeldir by Hildur Hákonardóttir which is the Icelandic term for pile weaving. In Norway it is known as the same thing, varafeld.  It is unclear where this technique originated  but evidence suggests remote origins in the Mediterranean where to this day, various types of…

Research upends theory that Vikings taught Inuit how to spin yarn.

Article was published in the Globe and Mail, July 22 nd, 2018. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-research-upends-theory-that-vikings-taught-inuit-how-to-spin-yarn/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=Referrer%3A+Social+Network+%2F+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links This is based on research conducted by Michèle Hayeur Smith, Kevin P. Smith, and Gørill Nilsen. Michèle is part of the Northern Woman Arts Collaborative.  The paper was published in the Journal of Archaeological Science last week. The academic paper demonstrates that…

Artists and climate change

For those among you interested in climate change and the North specifically, this site and project was brought to my attention by Chantal  Bilodeau, its creator. Chantal is a playwright and is the artistic director of  The Arctic Cycle , Founder, Artists & Climate Change, Co-founder, Climate Change Theatre Action , Curator, Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Check out Chantal’s…

The Warp-Weighted Loom- Book review

Audur Hildur Hákonardóttir A thank you note read at the book opening event in Bergen City library  December 16th 2016. “The key to understanding why words and images from spinning and weaving are still in use even after we have entered the forth dimension world and the digital age, when the majority of Western women…

Warping a warp weighted loom

In December 2015 a good friend gave me her old warp weighted loom, these photos document the adventure of learning to set it up, warp it, and weave with it.