Now this I am happy to show you. My cushion project! I was asked to make these for someone’s cabin, so they wanted them to be inspired by nordic fauna. My favourite theme. I ordered the fabric from Spoonflower (a cool place where you can print your own design onto fabric), and the result looked gorgeous; excellent print quality and the linen-cotton canvas had the right feel to it. The challenge was the sewing part.. But with guidance and the company of a good friend I was thrilled to finally hold the soft result in my hand. It is probably not the most cost-effective project I have done, but I wanted to give it a try. I certainly enjoyed the process and seeing my work on a different material.
Hello dear readers, I hope Winter is treating you well. I love the changes of the seasons and the contrasts of the nordic climate. Still, there is something special about this time, this white, silent time of the year. It has a beauty of its own, pure and simple and cold. The air has its own smell, crisp and fresh. The colours; blues everywhere, from the shadows in all the whiteness to the brightest blue on a sunny day, golden light from a low Sun colours the treetops so they look like they are wearing shiny crowns. All this fills me and I want to show you. I want to paint it, draw it, or just take a photo. But I don’t. I don’t do it. I feel overwhelmed, I feel small. I guess that is the dark side of Winter showing itself.
Goodbye 2014 and hello 2015. A new year gives a promise of a fresh start, but I’m not sure I’m feeling it. I’m in between, tangled up in loose threads from the past and hopes for the future. I know from experience that I will catch up with the present, but for now I’m in between. Luckily, in this floating space it feels good to be drawing.
Just keep drawing.
Just sent my 2015 calendar off to the printers, and here is a little preview for you. I’ve used the same format (A5) as last year, which easily fits into any space and hopefully brightens up your everyday :) You’ll find a mix of my collages and drawings, some colour, some black and white, plenty of animals and a few ladies (magic ones). The calendar will pop up in my shop shortly!
There’s something about dressing up animals. They start acting strange, I’ll tell you. I was just drawing this hare, starting with his fluffy ears and getting those eyes right. He looked at me as if I was supposed to leave him in the cold like that, now that winter is approaching and all. So I had better make him a jumper. Then there was his mouth, he wouldn’t keep it still and I had to give him a pipe. Look at all that smoke he’s been puffing out. There was nothing I could do about it.
Found some photos from an old sketchbook that I really liked! These have quite a raw feeling about them, I was working a lot with deep earthy colours and sketchy lines back then. I often rediscover old work and use them in new illustrations, or are reminded of unused ideas and ways of experimenting with materials/techniques. Have you noticed the one object that stays with me through all times? Yes, I’m haunted by the H O R S E... I hope it didn’t scare you.
Sketchbooking is my favourite thing to do, this is where I play! It is like daydreaming. I like to start with a found image, cut and paste or draw from it, then I let my imagination loose and see what happens. I need music while I do this. I cannot remember what I listened to while making this, I think it was something French... (:
There are changes in my life at the moment. Change of scenery, both new and familiar at the same time. I’ve mad a big move, bought a house, in the forest, just what I’ve been dreaming of. It feels surreal. And I’ve got a dog - I S L A - my very own deerhound! Another dream come true. New studio too, a refreshing new start. Lucky, I am.
(ps: to weigh up for the silence on the blog so far this year, I’ve just published three blog posts in a row. They were ready all the time, but for some reason I never managed to post them... Hopefully you’ll like it still. Will be back soon to show you some new work too.)