Hannah Ryggen (1894 – 1970) Swedish textile designer

“Etiopia” was shown in the Norwegian pavilion at the Paris Expo of 1937.Credit...2017 Hannah Ryggen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Anders S. Solberg, via Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum
“Etiopia” was shown in the Norwegian pavilion at the Paris Expo of 1937.Credit…2017 Hannah Ryggen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Anders S. Solberg, via Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum

Hannah Ryggen (1894 – 1970) was a textile designer and teacher from Sweden. She was born in Malmö and worked professionally in Norway.

In 1924, she settled on a small farm in Trondelag, Norway, and began weaving. She opened her studio in 1924. She did her own shearing, carding, spinning, and dyeing, and wove without the use of cartoons or sketches. Her weavings often covered political issues ranging from the Spanish Civil War to the plight of unwed mothers. Her tapestries resembled Expressionist and late Cubist paintings.

Hannah Ryggen, «Fiskere ved gjeldens hav», 1933 © Hannah Ryggen / BONO
Hannah Ryggen, «Fiskere ved gjeldens hav», 1933 © Hannah Ryggen / BONO
Hannah Ryggen, «PotteblÄtt», 1963 © Hannah Ryggen / BONO
Hannah Ryggen, «PotteblÄtt», 1963 © Hannah Ryggen / BONO

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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