Luffarslojd: Scandinavian Wirework with Faith Clover
Luffarslojd is part of the tradition of making beautiful and useful objects for everyday use using one's hands and simple tools. Farmers used wires mend fences and make basic tools around the farm. Leftover bits of wire were used to make household items like whisks, cake tickles, trivets, or egg holders. More decorative items like candle holders, baskets, and hanging birds and other decorations were also commonly made. The design of wire items is really limited only by one's imagination. After a talk and exhibit of luffarslojd items, each person will make a basic hook or two to take home. All tools and materials will be provided.
The intended outcome of this artistic program is to expose patrons to a new form of traditional wireworking and to get a hands-on experience using authentic materials to make a beautiful and useful object. A survey was distributed to collect feedback from those attending the programs.
Surveys were distributed to participants at all programs. 87% of attendees learned something new by attending the program and 99% noted they would attend another Legacy event sponsored by the library. Here are some of new things patrons shared they learned: How to bend wire properly, lots of info about Sweden, the history of the craft and the possibilities with experimentation, was able to work with a new art form, and a nice quote: "Wire is a nice medium to work with - the history of the Scandinavian/Swedish roots made it more
27 libraries and community partners provided space, staff, and additional promotion for the programs and approximately 20 regional newspapers and other regional publications provided marketing through press releases, photos and interviews with artists and performers.