Mira Sohlén creates tapestries which are made from a unique method of tiling. Each tapestry is made from handmade tufted shapes in the finest wool (like mini-carpets), which are then sewn together. Inspired by improvised shape study, she continues to explores the infinitive interplay between positive and negative space.
“I love to work with my hands, and everything I have explored within design and textile has led me to this. I wanted to find a way to challenge classical craftsmanship but with a modern approach… I always search for unorthodox ways to execute projects; and I’m naturally drawn to deconstruction and reconstruction. Another constant is that I have a soft spot for the most finest materials… The relationship between new thinking and high quality material is the result of sustainable innovation. I never envision the final outcome of each work; my vision is my process. Within the chaos; I aim to find a pattern of comforting unity”.
Each tapestry is called Opus followed by its chronological roman numeral in the order they were created. Opus is a latin word meaning a work, used to mean a particular piece of music by a composer. Furthermore, when Mira creates her tapestries she never envisions the final outcome; her vision is her process. Throughout the process, similar to the one of a musical composer, she aims to find patterns of beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion. It is as if different shapes are dancing and her aim is to capture just the right moment where Opus becomes a visual and tactile form of music.
“I dedicate my tapestries to the person who taught me how to sew and who gave to me a passion to textile; my grandmother. She was born deaf, and I grew up communicating with her through sign language and she could read lips… Lacking the power of hearing, also meant she lived an entire life without knowing music. However, I was always fascinated by the fact that she could always dance in rhythm as she would feel the music through sound vibration.
The Story of Opus
A selection of Mira Sohlén tapestries can be found at
Gallery Alain Hens
Kloosterstraat 156, Antwerp 2000
Opening times can be found on https://alainhens.com