Leinen & Wolle – searching for traces in the Swabian Alb

Leinen & Wolle – searching for traces in the Swabian Alb

inter!m kulturhandlungen

„inter!m - Kulturhandlungen Schwäbische Alb“- Under this title I develop together with different cultural actors an interdisciplinary project in the rural area between the Swabian Alb and Upper Swabia. This region is not only scenic, but also rich in textile tradition.

My research begins in January 2017 in the Münsinger Pflügerhaus on January 28. I am present again. Another five actors present themselves one after the other in this action space on the market square in Münsingen, before we meet in July in a curated exhibition at the Museum Villa Rot in Burgrieden.

Identity search and shape

The guiding principle of inter!m - Kulturhandlungen is "to form one's own homeland visibly through many innovative initiatives as an old, new and future cultural space in order to achieve sustainable and supraregional identification."


TRAFO model regions

The project is funded by TRAFO - Models for Culture in Transition, an initiative of the Federal Cultural Foundation. TRAFO stands for transformation. Six model regions will receive funding throughout Germany from 2016 to 2020. Cultural institutions in these TRAFO model regions are testing methods for developing effective and forward-looking offers.

textile stories

My work deals with the topic of linen & wool and its traces on the Swabian Alb. On the 29.12.2016 appeared in the newspaper Alb messenger an article to my material search. My concept for the later production of textile objects for the summer exhibition in the Museum Villa Rot requires the participation of the Elders. The contact with the people in this region, their stories but also the memories in the textile products that they hand over to me were conditional on my commitment to participate in this project. The foundation for my work comes from the living there. The use of some objects or the transformation of parts of these textile products is my artistic commentary on the learning region. The original shape of the objects could later be unrecognizable. In the museum, a participative art education is made possible, which ties in with my work.


First finds

On January 16, 2017, some dairymaids with equipment and textile products came to the Pflügerhaus in Münsingen, Swabian Alb. At 8 pm, the action space featured: an antique bodice decorated with gold wire, two spinning wheels, "true black" alpaca wool, a lot of climbing rope, about 7 m hand-woven coarse linen, a linen apron, a 40-year-old pink kids sweater and a handful of flax the garden of a 9-year-old girl. An impressive start!

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second day of collection

Mrs. F. is in Pflügerhaus on 28.01.17 u.a. a historical worn-off men's shirt made of tricot and woven fabric. Around the 1920s, it was carried by the father-in-law. "Exciting tracks," says Nanna.


Documenting all relevant information is important.


On loan, a box full of very old cut sheets was delivered.