The Project Container: Johanna Törnqvist, Project Precious Trash

The Project Container at Nationalmuseum Design is a place for quick plunges into current design. This spring you can get acquainted with A project about clothes and consumption by Johanna Törnqvist.

8 februari–17 april 2017

Johanna Törnqvist graduated from Studio Berçot in Paris in 1990 and is also educated in New York, Japan and Stockholm. She has been working with fashion, textile handicraft and ceramics, as well as education.

Project Precious Trash is her first solo exhibition. It has been on show in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Malmö. The exhibition has drawn a lot of attention and in 2016 it was awarded Design S, the Swedish national design award.

With one foot rooted in craft and folk art and the other firmly in the criticism of consumption, Johanna Törnqvist assembles traditional and contemporary expressions, but also raises questions about the valuation of todays materials. In the borderland between art, craft and fashion, she flirts with the traditional costume and finds in her work the goldgrains in trash and wasted material. With skill and craftsmanship, she transforms it into something refined and beautiful which does not leave the viewer unaffected.

Johanna Törnqvists garments and jewelry are dual in their expression. On the surface, they are beautiful, colorful and folkloristic, but underneath there is also something else alluring, maybe because of the somewhat surprising and compassionate treatment of the trashmaterial. Her ideas always start with discovering and experimenting with the material; gift wrapping, textiles, paper, lace. Or why not packing material, foam foil, bottle safety net, coffee packaging, crisp bags and oilcloth.

In her latest project, Project Precious Trash, she´s taking a step further to take part of the contemporary debate about what we consume and how we look upon our assets. Craft has always been made out of natural materials; wool, clay and wood, but maybe todays new material is the material that we never run short of – trash.

In Project Precious Trash Johanna Törnqvist raises questions about consumption and sustainability, and creates in an incisive way a provocative contrast between the transience of the trash and the precision and resistance of the craft.

Johanna Törnqvist is represented at Röhsska Musee in Gothenburg, at Textilmuseet in Borås and at Sörmlands Museum. Her work hav been on show at Liljevalchs, ArkDes, Form/Design Center, Växjö Konsthall, Handarbetets Vänner, All-Russian Decorative Arts Museum in Moscow an at Reinstein/Ross Gallery i. New York.

Film from the project

Film: Tomas Björkdal
Photo: Fredrik Sederholm
Text: Frida Arnqvist Engström

 

Johanna Törnqvist graduated from Studio Berçot in Paris in 1990 and is also educated in New York, Japan and Stockholm. She has been working with fashion, textile handicraft and ceramics, as well as education.

 

Project Precious Trash is her first solo exhibition. It has been on show in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Malmö. The exhibition has drawn a lot of attention and in 2016 it was awarded Design S, the Swedish national design award.

 

With one foot rooted in craft and folk art and the other firmly in the criticism of consumption, Johanna Törnqvist assembles traditional and contemporary expressions, but also raises questions about the valuation of todays materials. In the borderland between art, craft and fashion, she flirts with the traditional costume and finds in her work the goldgrains in trash and wasted material. With skill and craftsmanship, she transforms it into something refined and beautiful which does not leave the viewer unaffected.

 

Johanna Törnqvists garments and jewelry are dual in their expression. On the surface, they are beautiful, colorful and folkloristic, but underneath there is also something else alluring, maybe because of the somewhat surprising and compassionate treatment of the trashmaterial. Her ideas always start with discovering and experimenting with the material; gift wrapping, textiles, paper, lace. Or why not packing material, foam foil, bottle safety net, coffee packaging, crisp bags and oilcloth.

 

In her latest project, Project Precious Trash, she´s taking a step further to take part of the contemporary debate about what we consume and how we look upon our assets. Craft has always been made out of natural materials; wool, clay and wood, but maybe todays new material is the material that we never run short of – trash?

 

In Project Precious Trash Johanna Törnqvist raises questions about consumption and sustainability, and creates in an incisive way a provocative contrast between the transience of the trash and the precision and resistance of the craft.

 

Johanna Törnqvist is represented at Röhsska Musee in Gothenburg, at Textilmuseet in Borås and at Sörmlands Museum. Her work hav been on show at Liljevalchs, ArkDes, Form/Design Center, Växjö Konsthall, Handarbetets Vänner, All-Russian Decorative Arts Museum in Moscow an at Reinstein/Ross Gallery i. New York.

 

Film from the project

 

Film: Tomas Björkdal

Photo: Fredrik Sederholm

Text: Frida Arnqvist Engström

Johanna Törnsqvist, Project Precious Trash. Photo: Fredrik Sederholm.

Johanna Törnsqvist, Project Precious Trash. Photo: Fredrik Sederholm. 

Johanna Törnqvist, Project Precious Trash. Foto: Fredrik Sederholm
Johanna Törnqvist, Project Precious Trash. Photo: Fredrik Sederholm


VISITING ADRESS:

Art Library and Museum Archives,
Holmamiralens väg 2,
Skeppsholmen, Stockholm 

Other adresses

Follow us:

Facebooks logotyp  Twitters logotyp  You Tubes logotyp

Instagrams logotyp   Flickr logotyp