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…

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…

Cowichan Knitting: History and Continuity

In this post I will focus on the a bit more on the background history of the Cowichan knitters and their techniques and how contemporary artists are responding to this history and honouring it.