June – August 2011  Ann-Mari Forsberg (1916 – 1992)

Ann-Mari Forsberg was born in Stockholm where her parents were pharmacists working in the Old Town. A short time after she was born the family moved to the small town of Vetlanda in the county of Småland and many of her childhood summers were spent on the Island of Gotland, The island´s unique light and special landscape was later going to become an important source of inspiration in her design practice. When she was sixteen years old she returned with her family to Stockholm and five years later she was admitted at Konstfack. Between 1939 and 1941 she was a student at the department of textile and one of her lecturers there was Barbro Nilsson.

The training given by Barbro Nilsson was very inspiring and propelled her towards a modernist textile art and design, where a subdued grey colour range was replaced by bright colours. After graduation she was employed at Handarbetsts Vänner, a textile studio in Stockholm, where she stayed for two years. In 1943 she started a collaboration with the Märta Måås-Fjetterström studio in Båstad  where her former lecturer Barbro Nilsson now was the creative director.




Ann-Mari Forsberg

She was now designing and making large tapestries but she was also teaching at Handarbetes Vänner as well as at Konstfack. Some of her most well known tapestries are Valdemarsskatten from 1955, Bikupan from 1959, Apoteket Rosendoften  from 1964 and Medicinalrådet from 1971. During the last ten years of her life two major retrospective exhibitions were staged, one in 1982 at Waldemarsudde ant the other in 1991 at Gotlands konstmuseum.

The works by Ann-Mari Forsberg have a strong narrative but also humour and are one of the most important works in the Swedish textile tradition. She was inspired by the feel of her childhood, growing up close to the pharmacy, and by the nature of the island of Gotland. This was intertwined with the old textile folk art tradition. She created her own style of composition with a bold and bright colour scheme.


Design for rya rug Bladrosett, 1944
AB Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Rug Bladrosett*
Rya 193,5 x 99 cm
AB Märta Måås Fjetterström

Design for rölakan rug Rödbroka, 1944
AB Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Design for tapestry Röd Crokus, 1945
AB Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Design for rya rug Kråkan, 1951
AB Märta Måås-Fjetterström


Design for rya rug Hoppa hage
AB Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Design for rölakan rug Tobias, 1953
AB Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Rug Tobias*
403 x 255,5 cm
AB Märta Måås-Fjetterström


          Design for rölakan rug Blåkulla
          AB Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Design for tapestry Valdemarsskatten, 1955
Part of tapestry.
AB Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Design for rölakan rug Surte, 1956
AB Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Woven sample for tapestry Bikupan, 1964
Part of tapestry,
AB Märta Måås-Fjetterström

1937                   Secondary Education, Nya Elementar, Stockholm
1937-39              Tekniska skolan (Konstfack) Stockholm
1939 41              Högre konstindustriella skolan, Stockholm

1941-1955          Handarbetets Vänner, Stockholm
1940´s               Designed textiles for Gefle Ångväferi AB
1043-1950´s       Collaboration with MMF (Märta Måås-Fjetterström)
1953-1981          Lecturer in weaving and drawing, Konstfack

Represented at
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Read More:
"Medicinalrådet en vävnad av
Ann-Mari Forsberg", Almqvist & Wiksell, Uppsala 1994
Exhibition catalogue “Ann-Marti Forsberg”, Gotlands konstmuseum 1991
Martin, Edna, Sydhoff, Beate, “Svensk textilkonst”, Liber förlag AB, Uddevalla 1979

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* Photo  Bukowskis

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