Sky Weaver

“The weavings from nature are often made directly after the subject in the open sky…” Charlotte Schroeder

By Nicosia Smith

It’s weaving fit for royalty and believe it or not, the close spaces of an airplane seat is sometimes where the magic gets started.
While most travelers just want to get to where they are going, for Danish International Weaver Charlotte Schroeder it is more like a journey into her creative zone.

 

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Charlotte Schroeder (Nicosia Smith photo)

 

Schroeder told me that as she prepares to travel she would grab a bunch of colors for weaving and basically see what happens.
For the last 50 years Schroeder has done tapestry, patterns, portraits, landscapes and church textiles large and small. But it is her miniature pieces that’s a perfect fit to work on – when she travels. The sizes she sometimes begins during a flight are between 8 to 9.9 centimeters. ‘They do not take up much room, it’s like a small plastic bag’, she told me, describing the little space she uses. While Schroeder uses drawings to create her intricate weaves she said, “on the plane I just start.”
It’s very satisfying working in the air, she told me.
“The time kind of fly,” she said; as one can imagine.
For example, traveling from Copenhagen to New York is around eight hours and for about four hours she would weave. But even on shorter trips around Europe like to France, Italy and Spain, she also weaves.
While her work speak for itself, James Elkind of Lost City Arts at 18 Cooper Square, New York, New York told me in the world of good tapestry artist – Schroeder is one of the world’s best. Her work is purchased by corporations and by Danish royalty he said. I spoke with Schroeder at Lost City Arts which sells her weaves, on a recent trip to New York. Her vibrant weaves literally grabs you with its detail, grace and dramatic showmanship, for example her pieces on music.
For a detail look at some of Schroeder classic weaves and for upcoming events and shows go to http://www.charlotteschroeder.dk .

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