Evocative in title, Why Women Bend Like Pretzels is a multidisciplinary artistic initiative that explores community and the subject matter of emotional self-reliance through the media of woven textile.

What makes this body of work unique is both the content and its execution. In its current form, the artist invites the public to communal Weaving-hut gatherings* (held at Seattle Public Library branches) where participants learn how to weave everyday hand-towels within a collective setting, thus creating a shared experience that forms an intangible aspect of the project.

The aspect of utilitarian self-reliance is reinforced as the cloth is woven on the loom, thread-by-thread, casting both the object and the makers in a new light. The choice of this simple utilitarian object as the inspiration for making creates an accessible nexus of connections to materiality and the refined language of form, line and structure in abstract and conceptual art.

Why Women Bend Like Pretzels represents the culmination of Liedgren Alexandersson’s artistic explorations from the past five years, when weaving entered her creative practice in 2014.

*Weaving-huts originated in early 1900s throughout rural Sweden. These were spaces for local weaving enthusiasts, mostly women, coming together to practice and support each other in their craft. Some of the “huts” were open to the public were the woven objects were sold to the local community.