Interwoven Series by SARITA

After having studied theoretical and applied arts at Stockholm University, La Sorbonne in Paris as well as at UNAM in Mexico City, Sarita develops an approach centered on the aesthetic manifestations of nature by moving in 2018 to a studio designed by Gert Wingårdh located nearby the lake Långhalsen in Sörmland. Birch in all its uniqueness and versatility gradually becomes the starting point of any project, both sculptural and two-dimensional (using the bark of the tree). She exhibits her works in Europe and North America.

‘My aesthetic expression is about coming closer to nature’s textures and colors to highlight the fragility of it while capturing the vitality it encloses.’

Interwoven Series

SARITA’s large-scale sustainable birch bark tapestry on handmade paper celebrates the design qualities of the Betula Papyrifera (paper birch). This species of birch, only to be found in North America, has many layers of skin peeling off in a wide range of shades. The lenticel’s stripe-patterns enhancing the interwoven aspect, the thinness of paper, and the softness of the fabric make it the perfect medium for revisited textile art.

Inspiration & Processes
SARITA: The discovery of textile artists from the Bauhaus school like Anni Albers. My fascination for this mastery of interlacing and arrangement of colors made me want to experiment with my main raw material: birch bark. Harvesting this precious material in the forest is definitely one of my favorite parts of the process. Unlike many other species of birch where you have to wait for a specific period of the year (often spring, when the sap circulates in the tree) to avoid hurting it when you make an incision to remove the bark from the trunk, no intervention is needed on the birch to collect the bark of this specific specie called Betula papyrifera (paper birch). It is as if the tree offers its skin, molting like a snake several times a year. The rest of the process is a long meditation from cleaning and brushing carefully the birch bark from natural impurities, like earth, the dust of leaves, or spiderweb, to choosing the shades of colors, sketching, and creating patterns.

Main Challenges
SARITA: The main challenge with this material is always to succeed in loosening the thin bark collected in different layers that are even thinner (like silk paper) without breaking them. It requires extreme patience: sometimes it makes you want to scream, but most often you feel that this slow process is exactly what you need in this hectic world!

Available Works:
Title: Interwoven I
Materials: Birchbark (from betula papyrifera) on handmade hemp paper
Dimensions: 51 x 76 cm | Price *: 250€+VAT

Title: Interwoven II
Materials: Birchbark (from betula papyrifera) on handmade hemp paper
Dimensions: 51 x 76 cm | Price *: 250€+VAT

Title: Interwoven III
Materials: Birchbark (from betula papyrifera) on handmade hemp paper
Dimensions: 51 x 76 cm | Price *: 250€+VAT

Title: Interwoven IV
Materials: Birchbark (from betula papyrifera) on handmade lokta paper
Dimensions: 50 x 75 cm | Price *: 250€+VAT
*Shipping: Sweden 15€ | International 20€

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