Online - Valley Grove Project: Contemporary Billedvev Tapestry Weaving

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Online - Valley Grove Project: Contemporary Billedvev Tapestry Weaving

Wednesday, March 23 (7:00-8:00 pm CT) with Robbie LaFleur

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Everyone welcome.
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Two beautiful churches, one in stone and one painted white, sit atop a hill near Nerstrand, Minnesota. Valley Grove Church was founded in the 1860s by Norwegian immigrants. Today the buildings and surrounding oak savannah prairie are restored and maintained by the Valley Grove Preservation Society. With a grant from the Nordic Churches Project, the Society commissioned Robbie LaFleur to weave four tapestries for the small stone church, in the spirit and style of traditional Norwegian billedvev (tapestry). How will she honor in yarn the founding immigrants, the land, important plants and animals, and the buildings? Join this progress report with Robbie and plan to see the tapestries in person at Valley Grove next summer.

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About the Instructor

Robbie LaFleur

Robbie LaFleur

Robbie LaFleur has been following a thread of Scandinavian textiles since she studied weaving at Valdres Husflidskole in Fagernes, Norway, in 1977. She has continued her study with Scandinavian instructors in Norway and the United States. Her projects include interpreting Edvard Munch’s Scream painting into a variety of textile techniques, weaving tapestry portraits of her relatives, and continuing exploration of various Norwegian coverlet techniques. She is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist, coordinates the Weavers Guild of Minnesota Scandinavian Weavers Study Group, and publishes the Norwegian Textile Letter. In 2019 she received a fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation to study the transparency technique of famed Norwegian tapestry weaver Frida Hansen.

Learn more: Watch this video, Collection Connections: Investigating Norwegian Billedvev with Robbie LaFleur where Robbie billedvev weaving from the collection, including two important historical pieces dating from the 1600s during Norway’s golden age of tapestry.