Oleana went to Sweden, to Sahlströmsgården and Sillegården in Värmland. We were invited into the weaver Ida Sahlström’s world (1871-1963). There were lots of drawings, samples and woven textiles. Solveig Hisdal, Oleana’s designer, started to try to get the woven expression over to knitted stitches. The textile world is a world of diversity – through generations and borders!
Poetry in Stitches
”A scene on a chinese door, a christening bonnet from the 1700s, a baroque wallpaper, tiles in a Mooris building, flowers in the castle’s garden, bodice from a folk costume, a china bowl from Istanbul, or an old woven textile from Sweden.
With pencil and colours it becomes poetry in stitches, and new beautiful garments.
Inspiration, sketching, programming, shaping, photography and production. The road is long and the garment goes through many hands before being finished and ready to be presented to the world.”
This is Solveig Hisdal’s own words about the process from inspiration to finished garment. We are lucky to have such a skilled designer at the helm of our company.