Friday, October 30, 2015
|Eva Stålsjö (daughter of Mary Laurenius) works as an artist and illustrator for the major book publishers in Sweden|
All images copyright @ Eva Stålsjö
"Älvdans" (Dance of the Elves)
Illustration ur boken "Svea Rikets vagga" avDag Stålsjö.
An illustration from a book by her husband Dag Stålsjö
|Eva has participated in many television projects and her Christmas saga, BIG BROTHER AND LITTLE SISTER VISITING THE ELVES (STOREBROR OCH LILLASYSTER HOS TOMTARNA) initially a Christmas saga for television, has now become an app in Swedish and English.|
In the early 1960's, Eva was working on some illustrations when her husband Dag suggested a storyline that turned into the saga it is today.
|Sigrid (in the middle) during a visit to Sweden with her sister Anita to the left and her brother Billy on her right.|
|This is one of Mary's more traditional waste paper baskets where she skilfully applied a picture and framed it with the raising compound on all sides.|
Thursday, October 29, 2015
|Rolf Jonsson 1883-1965), a brother of Folke and Rut became a full-time painter living with his family at Särö all his life. He married Annie whom he met in Cornwall when he studied art there.|
|Rolf (3) is sitting second from left in this photo of wealthy Särö children around 1900.|
He is accompanied by his sister Rut (2) and brother Folke (5) and some friends whose names are not known. Please email Leif if you know.
|This little drawing was given by Anita 13 year old, to her grandmother Anita (Ball) Dawson from Jacksonville in Florida, who often spent time with the family at Särö. Grandmother Anita glued it into her massive scrapbook where i discovered it years later.|
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
|This is a Swedish newspaper article mentioning Sonia's exhibition at the GREER GALLERY in New York 1971.|
The NEW YORK MAGAZINE 1 November 1971
has Sonia Hernod's exhibition at the Greer Gallery listed as
"Surrealistic Gouaches" through 10/30.
|This is a page from young Mary Jonsson's (later Laurenius) notebook.|
Her very young sister Sonia has gifted her with this little drawing.
Grandmother Olga in the winter garden (Stengården) at Lysholmen (outside Gothenburg) many years ago. Have a look at Lysholmen (below) and listen to grandmother Olga play the piano at the same time.
Olga was born 1890 in New Mexico, grew up in Florida and married her husband Folke when only 18. They met in Brussels/Paris where he romantically proposed on the Eiffel tower. She had no idea how children were conceived, and by the time she was 32, she had had eight children. She had many artistic talents, too, as shown below.
She also learned to do Chinese Lacquer work in London. She decorated this chest, but she also had a carpenter make lamps that she decorated with Chinese lacquer work. She found some of her work in antique shops in Gothenburg years later, sold as genuine.
She proudly told me that she could do the pattern free hand.
|OLGA JONSSON 1948|
SWEDISH FOLK ART
She was also interested in Swedish Folk Art and made this bridal chest.
She gave it to the Red Cross Lottery sometime in the 1950s, filled with linen.
My mother was lucky to win it, so it stayed in the family.
The insides of the bridal chest.
More of her Swedish Folk Art decorations.
I loved to spend time with my super-interesting grandmother and she was pleased to see later in life, that I had taken up the tradition of painting Swedish folk Art also.
This was originally a thin wooden ladle, used to put bread into big wood fired ovens
The charity work gave Olga and her children many opportunities to express their artistic talents. Olga painted and donated a great variety of items to the Red Cross as can be seen above.