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Happy/Sad Trophy


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Cotton fabric, Cotton thread, Polyester, Marble

For every winner and loser, the coin always has two sides.
A 100 % hand embroidered trophy from a series of textile trophies and banners made in 2020. Built stitch by stitch by combining several patterns found in the metallic trophies from my teenage tennis career.

The Trophy is a tangible, durable reminder of a specific achievement, and serves as recognition or evidence of merit. Trophies have marked victories since ancient times, first as war trophies taken by brave male characters. Later made in silver and given to male winners of the Olympic games. The trophy symbolizes a body, a shell, a container. In 2020 I want to claim the male coded trophy as a feminist symbol, by adding a new cover in shiny beads and glittery threads. Let the trophy talk for itself.— Lotta Grimborg

7 x 17 x 28 cm
0.45 kg
Neon yellow, Golden yellow, Pale yellow, Light brown


Please handle it with care as it is a delicate hand made object! Do not place in direct sun light as it can have impact on the colour of the fabric and threads. If dusty, just brush it off with a soft brush or a dry cloth.


Happy/Sad Trophy



(b.1988) is a Swedish textile artist based in Gothenburg. She uses tiny glass beads and various stitching techniques to embroider a narrative, lately evolving around competition, rivalry and motherhood. She integrates found textiles with her own digital printed fabrics to create textile collages, banners and trophies. Through the textile making she feels a connection to all the women out there. She meets them in the stitches and the seams, in the tactile knowledge that has been passed on through generations of women.

She holds a BFA from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm and a MFA from Academy of Design and Crafts, HDK-VALAND, in Gothenburg. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally. Open Craft (Örebro), Dotdotdot (Stockholm) Boy Konsthall/ GIBCA Extended (Bollebygd), Dunkers Kulturhus (Helsingborg), Konstepidemin (Gothenburg), Galleri Marzee (Nijmegen), Galleri Rosanna Orlandi (Milan). She has been an artist in residency at Boy Konsthall and in October 2020 she will be an artist in residence at Icelandic Textile Center, Blöndous.


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