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Featured Artist: Liv Pedersen, ASA


Liv Pedersen, Max, 2011. Shaped tapestry. Cotton warp, weft of wool and synthetic yarn.

Liv Pedersen, Max, 2011. Shaped tapestry.

Artist Biography

Liv Pedersen, ASA was born in post-war Denmark. She grew up in a family, where most clothes and some furniture were home made. In 1973 she immigrated to Canada together with her husband. Here they both went back to school. They raised 2 children. Liv worked full time for 26 years as support staff for The Catholic School Board in Calgary.

Artist Statement

Liv Pedersen, Blanket of Lost Souls. Shaped tapestries sewn onto flannel. Cotton warp, weft of wool and synthetic yarn.

Liv Pedersen, Blanket of Lost Souls. Shaped tapestries sewn onto flannel.

The West Coast Salish loom and the primitive Dutch plank loom have served me well for 4 decades. Five years ago I became interested in shaping my tapestries. It became a passion to design and weave small faces of freaks and unworldly figures. Often they took on a life of their own during the weaving process. This happened after my retirement from work, when it was possible for us to return to Europe and live there for a while each year, while my husband worked. Frankly speaking: I didn’t have access to my usual looms.

Liv Pedersen, Pregnant Bride, 2013. Woven on Salish loom with tabby and rya knots.

Liv Pedersen, Pregnant Bride, 2013. Woven on Salish loom with tabby and rya knots.

ASA Q&A

ASA: Could you tell us about your influences?
Liv: My main influences are people and humour, as well the possibilities and limitations of simple looms and weaving techniques.

ASA: Which body of work would you consider your most successful to date?
Liv: Favorite weavings are the ones that touch other people in ways that are hard to describe verbally. I am proudest of the images that are totally imaginative. It is hard to chose one over the other, but if I have to, Max might be THE one, based upon his simplicity. He is now in the collection of Fiberworks at the Cambridge Library and Galleries in Ontario.

ASA and TREX Address

Crossroads Art Centre
#305 - 1235 26th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
TREX Phone: (403) 262-4669

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