“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

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Not my words! It is Picasso´s. This is what it is all about. Working consistently. Staying in the process, keeping the flow alive. Knock knock!!! Someone is on the door. It is Inspiration coming to visit. You better be prepared!   According to my plan I would change approach, starting out from black, moving towards the light. Till now the …

I love factories – and Awagami Factory is no exception.

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Days float like a river, sometimes calm and clear, and sometimes unpredictable. It is all about water. Pulp floating in water, linking together, making shiny, wet canvases to work in and on. Every day there is only one question, “what if I try….” No normal, daily life with all the disturbances. I enjoy the life in the factory, working side …

Questioning the pulp – reaching for the stars

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As I did not understand the dialogue between the employees, or being able to talk much with them, I was having a kind of inner dialogue with myself, about clouds on the sky, wondering how it would work out to actually catch one of them, or freeze the blue sky and keep it for rainy days. Takuma Abe is the …

Pulp painting – “Heavens footstep on Earth”

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Day two at Awagami Factory, Japan. I brought a bunch of sketches. The idea was to create a body of work, where each work would be able to stand alone, but also be part of a bigger installation consisting of square formats and organic shapes. I started out with the geometric shapes, and within each piece I would work with …

Pulp Paradise – four weeks at Awagami Factory, Japan

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After totally 6 weeks in Japan, I have returned home to Norway. I started dreaming of going to Japan, to visit the factory and learn about washi, years ago. Now it feels kind of surreal to look back on four weeks as visiting artist, being allowed in to the pulp paradise of Awagami factory. It was love by first touch! …

Travelling the world on my artistic journey, 2015 – 2018

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I always think of what is ahead, the new challenges and how to solve them. There is a constant urge for finding paths I have not walked before. I am lucky, I have everything I need to create where I live. I have great studios, and I have peace and time to concentrate. The only thing I do not get …

Exploring mokulito

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  Four weeks at Art Print Residence seems like an ocean of time, but suddenly I am half ways. I throw myself into the mokulito adventure – again (see more about mokulito in my last post). After finishing the motive, the plate will have to dry, before it is covered with gum arabic. And then it depends on the humidity. Is it …

Mokulito – a non-stop-printing-circus

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Mokulito is based on the principles of lithography, but the stone is replaced by a plywood plate. It was discovered by Japanese professor Seishi Ozaku in the 1970s, and further developed by polish professor in lithography Josef Budka and his daughter Ewa Budka, who also is a printmaker.  She has been teaching the technique to classes at Art Print Studio, and now Ariadna …

ART PRINT RESIDENCE – a paradise for printmakers

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Four wonderful weeks!! They passed so quickly, and suddenly I am back to normal. I have to arrange everything alone, get all materials, solve every little problem – and the bigger ones, keep my studio clean….all these things which were handled so wonderfully for me at Art Print residence in Catalonia. Ariadna, Claudia and Jordi are there, arranging the studio …

Iceland – buildings in landscape.

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It is like a painting. All colors are all ready there, and the brush is painting the landscape with light. Highlighting, dissolving and changing the picture as you are looking. Our hosts of the Stiflisdalur Artsymposium, Margret and Sverrir, took us on three day trips in the area north and west of our base camp. Of course there are hundreds of …