Åsa Martinsson is a professional weaver with a Master Craftsman´s Diploma in Handweaving. She has her own studio, and has worked primarily with church textiles since 1980. She received her weaving education in Borås and has a BA in ethnology with specialities in archeology and art history.
She was president of Riksvävarna (Riksföreningen för handvävning) for six years, and has been a member of the association since its inception in 1991. She is still active as president of Gotlands Vävare. She is a member of KRO/KIF and Föreningen Dragsnörena.
Åsa has participated in Medeltidsveckan på Gotland since its inception in 1984, for several years she has held courses at Kapitelhusgården. She is also a member of Styringheim (SCA) and Gutars Bågskyttar, and she participates in Battle of Wisby. She is a member of the Board of Stavgard.
Martin Eriksson is a priest. He was cathedral chaplain in Visby and a member of the diocese chapter in Visby. Prior to that, he was director of the conference centre Stiftsgården Stjärnholm and was then chaplain to the Bishop of Strängnäs. He has devoted himself to the study of liturgy and ecclesiastical law and economics. Since retiring, he has begun to engage in crafts on a small scale and manufactures tools for weaving.
Martin has participated in Medeltidsveckan på Gotland since 1995 and has been alderman of Medeltidsgillet på Gotland. He was a member of the Board of Medeltidsveckan for eleven years, including serving as chairman for several years. He has been treasurer of Styringheim (SCA) and Nordmark (SCA). He also is a member of Gutars Bågskyttar and participates in Battle of Wisby and has been responsible for the final memorial service.
Together we share an interest in medieval reenactment in the SCA and with other reenactment groups. We have recreated a medieval residential environment with our own hand-woven textiles on Bornholms Middelaldercenter for five seasons. We also travel to the Medieval Centre in Nykøbing F and are allowed to stay in the merchant's house in the summer apartment. During the medieval week we have recreated a medieval weaving mill on Gotlands Museum.
For some years we have been engaged in the Assosiation Stavgard and have lived as volunteers in the Iron Age house Bandelundahuset.
We have run a company, Martinsson & Eriksson, since 1999 and are the Swedish and Danish agents for the WeavePoint computer weaving program and also hold courses in the program.
We live in Visby with part of the city wall in our garden.
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