Jessica Hemmings

Textile Writer

Birgitta Nordstrom

BY JESSICA HEMMINGS

Swedish artist Birgitta Nordström is a weaver. For many years her academic and artistic research has focused on what she describes as “textiles and rites, especially woven textiles for funerals and moments of loss”. Infant Wrapping Cloth is her ongoing project that weaves small wrapping cloths for lives that end during pregnancy or delivery. Nordström explains, “These wrapping cloths have an important task to perform in a difficult situation where words maybe fail those involved.” Here the textile is asked to meet the responsibility of bestowing the memory of dignity following death…

Selvedge magazine issue 80 (Jan./Feb. 2018)