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Boom: The Fourth Saxon State Exhibition

On Saturday, July 11th, the Fourth Saxon State Exhibition called Boom will open to celebrate 500 years of Saxony’s industrial heritage. The substantial website allows you to also virtually enjoy Saxony’s amazing tribute to its high-quality global brands and industrial culture.

The southwestern region of Saxony was one of the first and most important centers of European industrialization. To this day, Saxons’ self-image still rests on the triad of natural beauty, cultural wealth and a broad industrial base. It is the success of these brands and Saxony’s entrepreneurialism that has allowed Saxony to build its extraordinary musical, artistic and architectural culture.

From July 11 to the end of this year, the Audi Building in Zwickau will host the central exhibition of the Fourth Saxon State Exhibition, Boom, while six other cities in the region will host additional and important parts of the exhibition, including the AutoBoom in the August Horch Museum in Zwickau; the Machine Boom in the Chemnitz Industrial Museum; the Railway Boom in the Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf Railway (outdoors); the Coal Boom in the Mining Museum in the Ore Mountains; the Textile Boom in the Cloth Factory in the Gebr Pfau Grimmitschau in Grimmitschau; and the Silver Boom in the Research and Teaching Mine in Freiberg.

These six topics are fleshed out in important locations where that “Boom” was most evident.

  • Auto Boom. is located in the August Horch Museum in Zwickau, which is next to the central exhibition in the Audi Building. The Horch museum is where the first models from major global automotive brands, including Horch and Audi, rolled off the assembly and Zwickau later was the birthplace of the legendary Trabant. August Horch was the founder of the company that would become Audi.
  • Machine Boom. is located in the Chemnitz Industrial Museum, where machines (such as the filigree clockwork at Glashütte to the high-tech machine center) have been designed and produced for more than 200 years.
  • Railway Boom. is on the site of the Schauplatz Eisenbahn (Railway Museum Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf) where you can see the industrial networking of people, raw materials and products in an open-air museum between historic steam and diesel locomotives in the sooty atmosphere of a roundhouse.
  • Coal Boom. is shown in the mining museum in Oelsnitz / Erzgebirg or the Ore Mountains where the coal industry, which was fundamental for the economic development of south-west Saxony, takes a look into the future of energy supply.
  • Textile Boom. is located in the originally preserved cloth factory Gebr Pfau in Crimmitschau. The machines and looms, some of which are 100 years old, are presented in a factory that has not changed since the doors were closed.
  • Silver Boom. is located in the research and teaching mine, Silver mine Freiberg, and provides deep insights into the history of ore mining and shows what role current scientific research plays in resource technologies.

In addition to these six geographic locations, the central exhibition in the Audi Building presents Saxony’s 500-year industrial booms in six time periods.It tells of an eventful history of the hard-working people of an early industrialized region with historical documents, objects, technical devices, photographs and through films and valuable works of art and spectacular media installations. The first period of the five hundred years of industrial culture was the Silver Rush (1470-1813) when the discover of silver in the Ore Mountains set off a clamor for mining not only of silver but also tin and copper. It was an unprecedented boom and attracted people from all over Europe. Augustus the Strong used this incredible wealth to build up the coffers of his state, buy art and collect treasures from around the world to build Dresden into one of Europe’s glittering capitals of art and architecture.

The second period from 1763 to 1914 was the emergence of the textile industry and mechanical engineering which drove development in Saxony and around the world. In 1914, Saxony was the most industrialized state in the entire German Reich. There was a third period from 1831 to 1914 when there was a rapid development in technology, science and machines. The fourth period from the eve of WWI to the end of WWII is marked by groundbreaking inventions and unprecedented, industrially shaped and organized violence.

The fifth period from 1945 to 1995 includes the industrial culture of East Germany and the Trabant is a symbol of the East German economic system. It
focuses on the working world and everyday life of people up to the political turn as well as the breaks and opportunities and structural changes that the fall of the wall brought about. The final period from 2020 to the future is all about what is to come and the future of technology in Saxony. Positive developments are emerging from Saxony’s keen entrepreneurial spirit, innovations based on research and knowledge and the ability to constantly change.

It is appropriate that the Saxon state has chosen the Audi Building in Zwickau as the place for the central exhibition as this was an assembly hall of Auto Union AG from 1938. The Auto Union was the coming together of four independent Saxon car manufacturers: Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer. Audi’s logo of four interlocking rings represents these original four members of the Auto Union. Audi is actually a Latin derivation of Horch’s name which means hark or Audi in Latin.

The Audi Building as well as the museum for Horch in Zwickau are a worthy one hour and fifteen-minute drive from Leipzig or Dresden. Even if you cannot visit in person in 2020, the museums in each of the towns will always be there and there is a book on the exhibition that you can order online.

Learn more about Boom here.

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Kasthall – When Sustainability Matters

In 1889, in the quaint Swedish hamlet of Kinna, passionate textile craftsmanship met nature-inspired design and gave rise to Kasthall. Today admired worldwide in classy offices in Tokyo and boutique hotels in New York, Persian palaces and royal castles, beautiful residences great and small, exotic hideaways and luxury yachts.

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Sustainability is, and always has been, an obvious and natural part of our identity and growth. Our environmental responsibility permeates the entire production chain. From raw material selection to production, transportation and waste. It comprises emissions to air, water as well as recycling. Our environmental policy sets a clear target to reduce combustible waste. The yarn we use is prepared, dyed and mounted on spools uniquely for each rug. Everything is made to order and manufactured according to every clients’ request and needs. In a quality that lasts a lifetime. Thus, excess production is avoided. The superior quality makes it a nonrepetitive purchase, contributing to lower lifetime consumption of natures’ limited resources.

A well-measured sustainability policy rests on a long-term collaboration between manufacturers and suppliers. A small but good example are the leather tags attached to our rugs Harvest and Flourish, so-called “circular leather tags”. It all started with a project termed “Developing future markets for climate and resource-efficient products”, aimed at companies wishing to influence the future market for secondary textile. Kasthall is a driving force behind changing the way our industry works, incorporating the changes as a natural part of our production and our co-worker mindset.

Paradigm Gallery Presents “Obsolescence”

Paradigm Gallery + Studio (746 S 4th St) is pleased to present Obsolescence, a solo exhibition by Sweden-based artist Ulla-Stina Wikander, open October 25 – November 23, 2019. The artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, Obsolescence, features new works from Wikander’s well-known series of household objects covered in colorful, vintage embroideries. Obsolescence will have a public opening reception on October 25 from 5:30 – 10:00pm.

Wikander began collecting vintage embroideries 15 years ago in antique stores and flea markets, initially attracted to the intricate designs of needlework textiles. Although Wikander was traditionally trained as a painter and sculptor, the unknown histories of the women who made the embroideries interested her and she began experimenting with her new collection. Wikander’s earliest experimentation with textile began with covering a broken vacuum cleaner she had laying around in her home. Through a meticulous process of deconstruction and reassembly, she transformed the anachronistic tool into something visually absorbing and entirely new, giving the vacuum a new reason to exist. Although not all of the objects Wikander covers are broken, they’re all out-dated. Through Wikander’s process, these retro items are transformed and recycled into fully contemporary sculptures.

On her practice Wikander says, “It is rather new for me to be a part of the textile community because I have always regarded myself as a painter and sculptor. While I do not embroider myself, I am always very meticulous when I choose my patterns.  Embroidery is very hard to find nowadays, so I often travel to small towns in Sweden to find them. I have a big collection with hundreds of embroideries, organized into boxes by motif. I do not know if it is accepted among textile artists, to cut embroideries into pieces, but I think my work is a bit different. I always have a bad feeling that I am destroying a beautiful embroidery that someone else has made, but the recycling of something forgotten also feels current and good”.

The latest artworks included in Wikander’s Obsolescence exhibition are suffused with humor and critical explorations of feminism, domesticity, and upcycling. Her intricate textile constructions are shaped by the forms that lie underneath – including irons, blow dryers, shoes, bags, lamps, books, and phones. Freshly adorned in coverings of flowers, animals, and pastoral scenes, the items transcend their former functionality and are simultaneously revelatory and recognizable. Wikander’s vibrant re-appropriations are evocative formal studies that defy categorization and illicit equal parts dissonance and delight.
About Ulla-Stina Wikander
Ulla-Stina Wikander was born 1957 in Kungälv. She is currently living in Stockholm/Kullavik, Sweden and has been working as an artist since 1986. Wikander has shown extensively around the world in solo and group exhibitions including shows in the United States, Sweden and the UK.
About Paradigm 
Paradigm Gallery + Studio® exhibits contemporary artwork from around the world with a focus on Philadelphia-based artists. Established February 2010, the gallery began as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, as a space in which to create artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the community to create and collect in a welcoming gallery setting. To this day the gallery still aims to welcome all collectors, from first time to lifelong, and continues to support accessible work that welcomes a wide audience.

Quintessential Linen Jumpsuits

Linen has always been a popular material when it is bout sarees, but the current western trend presents women with the best Linen jumpsuits of all times. Linen jumpsuits are a phenomenal sensation among women now that has almost become the regular attire for many. The levels of comfort you get in these outfits are incomparable, and only those can relate who have tried it! In fact, these pieces have made its place in the wardrobes of elderly women as well. They come in different sizes, designs, colors and cuts and leave no one behind when it comes to suitability. Young mothers are really fond of linen jumpsuits as they find these extremely easy to carry and yet pace along with the new-age trends. Speaking of which, check out some of the coolest linen jumpsuit trends that are literally ruling the fashion world right now.

The loose and casual style jumpsuits
Dressing casually is a fashion statement itself in today’s time that is mostly opted by the millennial nowadays. It is all about setting the trend rather than simply following it. The casually styled jumpsuits are incredibly comfortable but let you flaunt your fashion statement in a carefree way. Gone are those days when you have to overwhelm yourself with a prim and proper attire to exhibit a notion of impressive dressing sense. Fashion is properly defined the moment you start feeling relaxed, confident and comfortable in it. The casual linen jumpsuits are a perfect example of such phenomenal dressing style. All you will need is to

Baggy pants Lenin jumpsuit
Baggy pants are just the forte of guys? The idea is far from being true in today’s fashion world. Girls are literally nailing it when it comes to flaunting their loose-fitting, voluminous pants. These pants look just perfect on most body type and much more impressive if you have a proper height. We are mostly used to in seeing jumpsuits that have a pencil or moderate width when it comes to the bottom part, but the baggy pants linen jumpsuits are an exception to the existing outlook of jumpsuits. They are easy to wear, and you do not have to put even a little bit of effort to slip into these pieces. If you ask about the best part, you can move around like a free bird in it as this plus is missing in most feminine attire. You do not have to be conscious of how you are looking or even the fitting as it is completely stretchable.

What makes the linen jumpsuits so special out of all categories?
Coming to the most important part now, jumpsuits being the most comfortable attire, the linen jumpsuits can be considered as a cherry on top. Linen is one of the most skin-friendly materials that is admired and used by one and well. There is no doubt about it because in a nation like India, it becomes highly difficult to beat the heat irrespective of whatever outfit you are wearing. This is precisely where the pluses of the extraordinary linen fabrics come into the picture. These fabrics just fit you like your second skin. This is mainly because of their smooth, flexible and extremely light texture. Even if you are out at the beach, or doing some window shopping in the scorching summer heat, a trendy Google and a bag are all you need to go with it. There are some kinds of dresses that are simple and stylish in their own ways and require no extra accessories or make-up to enhance its charm. You can consider the linen jumpsuits as one of those!

Extremely comfortable cotton linen jumpsuits
The cotton-linen jumpsuits are a new invention of the textile industry. The blend of the two most skin-friendly materials makes these jumpsuits exceptionally comfortable to wear. There is also a men’s jumpsuit that is available in the same material. The cotton-linen jumpsuits are available in a variety of textures and serve gold when it comes to longevity and durability. Now coming to the most exciting part; that ladies are highly concerned about; these jumpsuits exhibit a mix of structured and unstructured or loose-fitting look. To be more precise, they set smoothly on your skin surface and are really good to cover up the bulky areas. The material

Strapless Linen jumpsuits
These jumpsuits are a perfect choice for those who keep a knack for cold or off shoulders. Strapless linens hold an incredibly stylish look and can make you look perfect in shape even if you have a bulky structure. The shoulder cuts are available in a variety of trends. Some have a semi-slanting cut while some are entirely off-shoulder. You can also spice up the look of these with some trendy contrasting colored inners. Off shoulders, linen jumpsuits are also available in the dress form if you are not much of a pant person. These pieces are far from being boring and dull, and you are going to just love the trendy floral prints they come in. Floral is the foremost choice of ladies when it comes to exhibiting a feminine get-up and these pieces are simply incomparable. Apart from the floral prints, there are also other designs that you can definitely check out. Some of the most popular designs include the plain solid colors, striped, geometric prints, Aztec prints, animal prints, polka dots and the list goes on. A bright but light neckpiece and kitten-heeled footwear are all you will need and you are good to go!

To wrap up, if you incase prefer shortcut jumpsuits and not really fond of the full-length pants, you must get your hands on the short and trendy linen Rompers. These are just perfect for getting into that ‘girl next door get up’ in case a guest has just appeared or you need to reach a place within a few minutes. Only women know how they waste a considerable amount of effort to only get that perfect piece out of their wardrobe that will make them feel both comfortable and stylish. Consider the struggle is over now and pamper your wardrobe with some cool collection of linen jumpsuits.