True to her Danish background, Karin Carlander's designs are simple yet highly functional. The contemporary weaver and textile artist skillfully reinterprets traditional Nordic crafts in her work, focusing on the use of textiles for practical purposes. At the same time, Karin's designs evoke elegance - perhaps influenced by her stay in Provence in France at the age of nineteen. It was in Provence, at French weaver Jacqueline de la Baume Dürrbach’s studio, that Karin originally learned tapestry weaving. Then, after graduating in 1987 with her major in weaving, Karin spent three months studying in Japan. She was influenced by the Japanese design tradition and its focus on sustainability.
Karin's own studio came about in 1988, and since then, Karin has been creating and exhibiting one-off hand-woven textiles and creating textile designs for several established companies, before starting her own brand Textile No. in 2013. She is based in Raadvad, north of Copenhagen, and works on beautiful old wooden handlooms.
The Textile No. collection consists of textiles in different designs, that are available in specific sizes. The ‘No.’ title relates to the size of the textile, and each No. comes in a variety of designs. The design may change, but the No. stays the same. Karin uses the No. code as a neutral naming system to encourage her audience to form their own associations with her textiles i.e whether no 9 works better as a dishcloth or a Napkin. The collection is based on three simple principles: sustainability, multifunctionality and a mix-and-match design and colour palette.
Selvedge readers have the chance to be the first to get their hands on the new Karin Carlander cushion cover with the Sashiko design in black, as well as one of Karin’s indigo blue totes, sewn with fabric from a sample weave, which have been made in a limited edition of 100.