Karina captures nature into her woven works!

Textile art

Karina Siegmund aka “The Oceanweaver” works out of her studio based in western coastline of Norway. The artist says that the ocean, it’s coastal landscape and living by the sea, poses an endless catalogue of inspiration for her design projects and art shows. Karina loves experimenting with different techniques within weaving, weaving technology, and materials and she believes the way they are all put together, creates just the right language and mood, that she captures outside, in nature.


For this piece titled, Why the Ocean Is Blue, Karina used just one weft material – recycled plastic filaments and projected blue LED light onto it, to achieve ocean blue color. The pattern is inspired by traditional Norwegian weaving patterns, and is plotted into a wave drawing.


And here’s a sneak peek of the experimental woven works from her upcoming art show in Autumn 2019. The piece is woven with thin-flat paper yarn in the weft, which was coloured/dip-dye bathed after weaving. Below, you can see how the creative process unfolded – starting from the picture, to the piece being woven on the loom and finally the stages of dip-dye bath!


This piece is what Karina calls a “textileprint” of a photograph taken in the surf paradise of Hoddevik in the western coast of Norway. Karina loves to surf and to capture the ocean water and weather in film and photo. And so, she thought, why not weave them out as prints?!


In this project, titled Free Flow Ocean, Karina combines the digital weaving with tapestry techniques.


The Glacier was handwoven on the TC1 loom, with white Trevira yarn as the warp material and grey wool and blue synthetic yarns as a weft.


Yet another piece that was inspired by nature was – Let me take you to a Waterfall. For this piece, Karina used paper-yarn as the warp and recycled flat plastic yarn as a weft. This was an audiovisual tapestry that was woven on a TC1 loom and as a part of the installation, Karina put a video projection onto the tapestry along with the shower sound of a waterfall soundscape.

In the slideshow below, you will see the final piece, the detail of the fabric and snapshots of the fabric both with and without the video projection.


The Mountain was also handwoven on TC1 loom. For this piece, Karina chose a beige wool warp and a flat plastic filament and fine black cotton yarn as the weft.


Thoughts about the loom…

Along with the ideas and pictures of her works, Karina also shared her thoughts about our loom. Thanks for this – Karina! 🙂

Here’s what she wrote…

“What I like about the TC2 (and TC1) is, that I can create my own designs. I can draw, paint, sketch, use a photograph taken in nature, a film still or from a filming of  the weather or a scene from nature – and this can be the starting point for the weaving file, created to be woven. And together with the chosen materials and weaving structures, it creates a special atmosphere – hopefully the same that I captured in nature, there and then. Sometimes, I cannot capture the accurate mood of a weather scene or the landscape, its colours, textures and structures. Then I draw, use digital-editing software, collect materials and weave it to re-create that feeling.”


Karina is a visual artist creating weavings that bring nature closer to you. Her work acts like nature’s ambassador – dazzling with its beauty, striving to provide a free space for everyone – a mental space where a person can get a break. Just like in nature.

Her home is the Stad peninsula, situated at the western-most point of the Norwegian coastline. Here the rough nature, stormy weather and fast changing light, creates a landscape of beauty. With sheep grazing freely, surfers enjoying the heavy sea and saltwater in the air, silence is to be found walking in the midst of a rich cultural heritage, among old viking tales, forming the essence of her woven fibre art and design works.


See more of Karina’s works on her…