Lisbeth Johansson weaves on a small scale using wool mostly from her own Rya sheep, preferring yarn with a rough structure combined with natural dyes and experimental techniques to give character to her work. Rya sheep are an old Swedish breed with a long shiny ‘heavy’ wool which she dyes with plants, roots, and bark. She works carefully, taking time for thinking and planning before starting a project. The design for a weave begins with a watercolour sketch as well as thoughts about size, pattern, density and colour both in the warp and weft. Johansson’s aim is to show the very best of the natural properties of the wool, including its rough and vibrant texture.
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