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Workshop Tjärna Ängar

Foto: Ricard Estay

Tjärna Ängar

Foto: Ricard Estay

Workshop Tjärna Ängar

Foto: Ricard Estay

Workshop Tjärna Ängar

Foto: Ricard Estay

Workshop Tjärna Ängar

Foto: Ricard Estay

Workshop Tjärna Ängar

Foto: Ricard Estay

Workshop Tjärna Ängar Lina Sofia Lundin

TJÄRNA ÄNGAR, BORLÄNGE

The non-profit organisation Tjärnkraft and the Municipality of Borlänge want to emphasise the area’s positive qualities. To this end artistic commissions will be developed in dialogue with residents in Tjärna Ängar.

Located a few kilometres from central Borlänge, the Tjärna Ängar residential area comprises a great diversity of residents and is a very active community that seeks to strengthen the qualities and raise the profile of the area. There is a feeling that people who don’t live in the area deliberately avoid it on their way to, for example, the sports ground. Why can’t they stop by for a visit?

The multi-dwelling units were built in the early 1970s. The district is characterised by play areas and green spaces. Tjärna Ängar adjoins residential areas such as Jakobsgårdarna and Bullermyren. The municipal housing company Stora Tunabyggen AB has initiated a renovation project entitled New Tjärna Ängar, to renovate flats, existing houses and the surrounding green areas.

Borlänge Planning and Land Office is developing new zoning plans for Tjärna Ängar, including a new urban district park and a new square. The municipality is also planning to provide the area with more dwellings.

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

The residents of Tjärna Ängar want to highlight the positive characteristics of the area. The applicant partner Tjärnkraft comprises a large number of members who can illuminate the work already being carried out in the area. Via Art is Happening, knowledge can be harnessed and developed artistically.

In April 2017, artist Lina Sofia Lundin submitted her preliminary study report. Since autumn 2016, she has conducted a number of textile workshops at Tjärnkraft and collaborated with several actors. Now the next phase awaits. Lundin has been awarded a sketch assignment, which will involve a performance dinner in the area. The assignment also includes designing a table that will be placed in the housing environment.

– Working with my hands is my therapy, it makes me feel better,” says Majvold Rössberg who lives in the retirement home next door. We visited one textile workshop in March 2017. Read the coverage here.

WHAT’S IN FOCUS?

Lina Sofia Lundin, artist:

”How can natural dye be used to create new meeting places and manifest the exchanges of experience? How can existing textile knowledge together with newly acquired experiences be activated, flow and create spatiality?

“The preliminary study during spring 2017 provided me with an idea of the residential area and the ongoing rebuilding. It’s also about getting to know the residents, actors and the wealth of community activities. In meetings and workshops, we have started dialogues with the residents. Cooking, textiles and dyeing with spices and plants have been the starting point for investigating how we can connect with the location. The target group has primarily been women who, in different ways, are curious to make an impression in a textile narrative.

“From a women’s historical perspective, the town has played a central role in the textile craft, with enterprises such as Alice Lund’s weaving mill and the old hat factory CTH, which today is a museum. These locations could also be used for collaborations further on in the project.”

APPLICANTS

The Municipality of Borlänge
The non-profit organisation Tjärnkraft