Gudrun Sjoden

08 Mar 19
Chamber news

This year’s Winter have been really gentle to us. I fear though, that our Spring will be like last year, where we got snow in April. Everything is so weird, when it comes to our Winter-weather. Anyway, I thought it’s been a while since I’ve done a proper “favorites”-post and I really like doing them, […]

01 Mar 19
Alexandra Larson

Published article appears here: Nordic Designer Brings Vibrant Colors to Minneapolis American Swedish Institute exhibit showcases Nordic fashion design and sustainability in Minneapolis By: Alexandra Larson   During a week of rain and fog, stepping into the vibrant, “Gudrun Sjödén—a Colorful Universe” exhibit is a welcome rush of warmth and delight. Gudrun Sjödén’s exhibit showcases […]

27 Feb 19
Final Major Project

Specialist Area: Secondary Research: For my secondary research into my specialist area, I thought that I would look into the basic structure of magazine journalism as a whole. For example, I think that looking into how a magazine operates would be a great place to start; I would target my research at finding out relevant […]

06 Feb 19
Un Armario Verde

We shall swap again! And to encourage wardrobe editing before the event, here’s how I think about what stays and what goes. I have to admit that it gets harder to discard things as they become fewer – these items have survived many editing festivals, so there is some function or value ascribed that has […]

20 Jan 19
Eco Fashionista

Trying to lead a more sustainable and eco-friendly life can be more than a little difficult, especially when almost all high street stores have countless unethical practices. So we’ve created a list of great eco-friendly, sustainable and ethical fashion brands that encompass our values as well as our inner fashionista! (in no particular order)  Mayamiko   Price Range| £-££ Ethics […]

07 Jan 19
Ebba Freedom Healing Eco Life. Fibromyalgia and Head Injury .knit crochet sew. Declutter sort and simplify

I have the house to my self . Yay. Rarely happens. It’s so nice. Mustn’t eat as I choke. Damaged a muscle in my throat because my accident. Let’s move on. And I’m going to enjoy my two hours of myself. I have parcel from Gudrun Sjödén. And yes ok I only buy in the […]

07 Jan 19
Our Dutch Adventure

Lilian has moved out over the last week or so. She came to dinner and to do some washing on Friday evening. I used my new slow cooker. I made chilli, roast potatoes and green beans. That was nice. Saturday, Robin and I did the paper round and then hot-footed it to Hoofddorp to look […]

05 Jan 19
Ebba Freedom Healing Eco Life. Fibromyalgia and Head Injury .knit crochet sew. Declutter sort and simplify

Arse about tit all about 4s and 5s! Sorry forgot to publish this ! I love socks and today I received a package from Seasalt Cornwall. I purchased seven pairs of socks in the sales and a reversible top and two handybands. Ethical and considered purchase is a top priority for me this year as […]

30 Dec 18

One more day of 2018 to go (not counting this evening). I love this time best; the days between Christmas and New Year. Quiet time. Time to think back and look forward.

27 Nov 18

No, no, no, no….Gudrun Sjoden is not coming out with a sewing pattern line, unfortunately…..But oh how I wished she would! For years I have been oogling her clothes and wishing I had all the money in the world to buy everything! The style, the shapes, the colours, the prints…..I just get so happy when […]

23 Nov 18
Our Dutch Adventure

Saw two goats under a hedge on the paper round. Also, there’s a Gudrun Sjoden shop in Hamburg! I will love having a colourful look in there! Also I knitted this hat. Here I am a-delivering papers. I have these massive heavy bikebags to carry the papers and keep them dry. The round ends at […]

22 Oct 18

Since downsizing my wardrobe at the beginning of the year, I’ve noticed a couple of gaps needing filled. Specifically, I had nothing to wear in the event of a somber occasion. And let’s be honest, in the midst of a crisis, the last thing we want to do is shop for clothing we’re going to […]

06 Oct 18

In thinking about my look for Slow Fashion October, I immediately went to pinterest where I’ve kept two boards pretty consistently since I created them: style: ALW and style: ALW summer. The ALW part stands for Artist-Librarian-Witch which was/is my ultimate style goal. I want to feel, embody, and look like each of those things […]

14 Aug 18
The Parkway Theater went on the market in February 2017. It sold a year later to local investors and business partners Ward Johnson and Eddie Landenberger. At the time of the sale, Landenberger told City Pages, “Our goal is to restore the Parkway Theater to its former glory and bring new energy to the space through renovation, curated movie and speaker series, contemporary chamber music, and more.” Our ears (OK our eyes) perked up at “contemporary chamber music.” Landenberger is married to Kate Nordstrum, who has consistently done some of the best and most imaginative music programming in the Twin Cities since her days at the Southern. (She’s now at the SPCO, running Liquid Music.) And we’ve always liked the Parkway and its South Minneapolis setting in Minneapolis’ Field-Regina-Northrop neighborhood (on Chicago Ave. north of Minnehaha Parkway), though the last time we were there, the nearly 90-year-old theater needed a lot of work and a serious cleaning. In the redo, the seats have been reupholstered, painted and repositioned for more leg room. Capacity is around 360, about the same as the Walker’s McGuire Theater. The sound system has been updated. There’s a new bar in the lobby, serving local craft beers and cocktails. Also in the lobby: coin-operated arcade games and two additional bathrooms.  On Friday, the Parkway announced its reopening date – Sept. 13 – and its fall/winter schedule. Patrick Marschke, a musician and composer who worked with Nordstrum at Liquid Music, is doing the booking. The line-up looks amazing: 26 events (so far), including classic movies in 35mm, new films and documentaries, concerts, album releases, comedy and improv. The Parkway is one of the few Twin Cities theaters with a 35mm projector (others are the Trylon and the Heights) and they’ll be making full use of it at a regular weekly movie night on Thursdays. Most of the events are online at the well-designed, retro-tinged website. (Love the new Parkway logo.) We’ve cherry-picked a baker’s half-dozen (it was tough to stop at seven) to give a sense of what’s in store: a thoughtfully curated, smart and eclectic series of events that should bring people to the theater and the neighborhood restaurants and bars. Johnson and Landenberger also bought the adjoining Pepito’s building to the south; it’s now the Minneapolis location for St. Paul’s famed El Burrito Mercado. The Town Hall Tap is two doors to the north. And don’t forget Turtle Bread on the corner of 48th and Chicago, whose Pizza Biga offers full dinner service. Ticket prices at the Parkway range from $10 to $30, except for a couple of VIP options. Thursday, Sept: 13: “Jaws” in 35mm. The Parkway’s first official event is the original summer blockbuster, screened as God and director Steven Spielberg meant us to see it. Saturday, Sept. 15: Halloween, Alaska “Le Centre” album release with the Andrew Broder + Dave King Duo. This is actually the second Dave King-related event in a row at the Parkway; the first is a movie. Halloween, Alaska is a band made up of King on drums and keys, James Diers on voice, guitar and keys, Jacob Hanson on guitar and William Shaw on bass. “Le Centre” is the group’s first full album of original music since 2011. Broder and King will play an opening set. Tuesday, Sept. 25: “Rock Rubber 45s.” The Twin Cities premiere of the new movie by DJ Bobbito Garcia explores the global basketball, sneaker, and music lifestyles. With Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stevie Wonder, Questlove, Spike Lee, Kobe Bryant and more. Presented by KRSM Radio. Glassnote Records Jeremy Messersmith will perform at the Parkway Theater on Saturday, Sept. 29. Saturday, Sept. 29: Jeremy Messersmith. A live concert by the “Minnesota music hero” whose latest is “Late Stage Capitalism.” This is one of the events with a VIP meet-and-greet, which will take place in the Parkway’s lobby. (Sorry, this show is already sold out.) Tuesday, Oct. 16: “The Gates: An Evening of Stories with Adam Gopnik.” On Oct. 10, the best-selling author and New Yorker staff writer will give a reading at Coffman Union for the Fall UMN English Writers series. This will be different – a show Gopnik performed earlier this year at the Public Theater in New York, directed by Catherine Burns, artistic director of The Moth. Tuesday, Nov. 6: “The Theater of Public Policy’s Election Night Special.” We were at T2P2’s event at Bryant-Lake Bowl on the night of the last presidential election, and we can say from experience that no matter what happens, this will be funny, and it will be a class act all the way. Monday, Feb. 11, 2019: Ashwini Ramaswamy: “Let the Crows Come.” This was previously announced as part of the Liquid Music series. Ramaswamy of Ragamala Dance is working on a new commission for Liquid Music with New York-based composer/DJ/author Jace Clayton and Twin Cities dancer Alanna Morris-Van Tassel. This pay-what-you-wish event will be a peek into her progress and will include video footage of Ramaswamy’s residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. So we stuck to just seven, but we’ll drop some more names: Travis LaPlante and Gerald Cleaver. Sister Species and Hiponymous. “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” 10,000 Laughs. Gabriel Kahane. David Huckfelt. Nate Wood and JT Bates. Elvis. View the whole schedule and buy tickets here. The picks Tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 14) at Magers & Quinn: Sam Stephenson presents “Gene Smith’s Sink: A Wide-Angle View.” The leading expert on influential Life  photographer W. Eugene Smith, Stephenson has retraced Smith’s footsteps, traveling across 29 states, Japan and the Pacific to profile people Smith photographed and knew, including playwright Tennessee Williams, avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage and jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. Writer and editor Brad Zellar, who collaborates with photographer Alec Soth, will moderate. The event also includes a short film by Jem Cohen. FMI. 7 p.m. Wednesday at Crooners: Oscar Peterson’s Birthday Celebration. Formerly of the Twin Cities, now based in Iowa, the excellent pianist Tanner Taylor will pay homage to his main influence, Canada’s Oscar Peterson, who would have turned 93 on Aug. 15. Taylor and his trio – Mac Santiago on drums, Graydon Peterson on bass – will be in the intimate Dunsmore Room, made and meant for listening. 7 p.m. FMI and tickets ($10-15). Thursday at Mia: Third Thursday: Design Night 2018. An annual event eight years in a row – so it’s working? – this Third Thursday is co-presented by AIGA Minnesota. Charles Youel of ARTCRANK will moderate a panel discussion with leading Twin Cities creatives; Joe Kral will present some of his work; type designers Chank Diesel and Anne Ulku will help you design your own font. While you’re there, visit Mia’s new “Art in Chicago” exhibition and the MAEP show. 6-9 p.m. FMI. Free and open to the public. Saturday at the American Swedish Institute: Great Makers Exchange. In ASI’s Year of the Handmade, this daylong celebration of craft in many forms – carving, painting, pottery, weaving, printing, felting – feels especially timely. Sign up for a workshop; hear a panel discussion on sustainable and local textile and fashion production; listen in on one or more Conversations on Craft; shop the Makers Market; and by all means tour the fascinating and creatively designed exhibit “Gudrun Sjödén: A Colourful Universe.” Sjödén’s clothing, sold around the world, often features prints that began as her watercolors. The Makers Exchange is included in museum admission. Workshops have separate registration fees. 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. FMI. Saturday at the Dakota: Nachito Herrera: Bach to Havana. An evening of classical music and Cuban pyrotechnics, performed by the Cuban piano master. He can play anything, so expect some Bach, along with Chopin and Gershwin. 7 p.m. FMI and tickets ($25-30).