SJØLINGSTAD ULDVAREFABRIK AS, wool mill
Threadbare overalls, AW14
HAiKw/ Franz Schmidt w/ Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrik AS, exhibition in the factory, summer 2014
w/ FRANZ SCHMIDT w/ SJØLINGSTAD ULDVAREFABRIK – AW14 – AW15 – AW16
About: HAiKw/ was introduced to Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrik AS by artist Franz Schmidt. Franz and HAiKw/ worked with S.U. developing wool qualities for the HAiKw/ AW14 collection. We started from a standard white fabric the factory produces regularly, a wool twill on wool weft traditionally used for outer wear and nowadays mostly used in the Norwegian national costume. Together with technical experts at Sjølingstad, Einar and Gunnveig, Franz and HAiKw/ developed qualities from this fabric. New textiles were made with a variety of textures and colors. A/S Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrik wool mill began operations in 1894 with production of yarn and woven fabrics. Regular production ended 1984. It re-emerged in the late 80s as a working mill and a museum factory. The spirit of days gone by still linger in these buildings where the whole production process from raw wool to finished fabrics is presented to the public. Sjølingstad contains and restores machinery, keeps knowledge of production tools and manufacturing alive and plays an important role in communicating industrial history with a great potential for further exploration of this field.