Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA on a sunny spring day in April. A group of Boston MFA curators and textiles lovers converge on this gallery. Artist Hanne Behrens has flown in from Denmark to share her artwork. It was a love affair in the making. Woven metal! Yes, a Hanne is a goldsmith that has practiced her craft for years. She has created textiles out of metal.
Here is a picture of how it is done. Held in a vice, the metal is folded over left to fight (every other) and a cylindrical piece of metal is then threaded through. The textile metal then comes out in a long straight piece that Hanne molds into different shapes. The artistry and jewelry is beyond imaginably beautiful.
Hanne’s passion for her work is evident. She is continuously challenging herself with new methods and creations. Her newest method is knitting metal. The colors are bold and striking.
Working form her farm in Denmark, Hanne quest is to pass on her techniques. She currently has an apprentice working with her two days a week. Hanne’s next goal is to write a book that outlines her methods and ideas.
Thank you Hanne for sharing your passion. It was amazing to meet you!
Hanne Behrens and Julie Wood
Yes, that is an original pin Hanne created and is wearing. Woven gold and a found shell from Spain!