Textile, “Comfort”, handwoven and hand-coloured wool velvet. Swedish master handweaver Åsa Pärson has created this handwoven and hand-coloured work titled “Comfort” in wool velvet. What is it about velvet that feels so luxurious? Is it how the surface of the velvet absorbs the light and how nice it feels to touch? Or perhaps knowing the amount of time and effort that went into creating it? These days, there is plenty of time to spend – even to create something as unnecessary as a piece of checked velvet, woven in relief.
The loneliness of social distancing inspired Pärson to get a cat: someone to snuggle with, play with and to pet their soft fur. She decided that her velvet piece should have a similar surface as that of fur and to be comforting to caress. She considers herself lucky to be a handweaver and thoroughly enjoys the slow creative process where the body learns a new rhythm together with the material and technique. Pärson describes it as encapsulating time in her weaves, time that is barely visible and perhaps does not have a function but that might result in something beautiful. This is in itself a comfort to her.
Åsa Pärson (b. 1970) resides and works in Stockholm. She studied at The Swedish School of Textiles in Borås and Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Pärson is represented at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, The Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg and at The Public Art Agency.