god jul!

julekort3 [illustration by miss talseth]

Here we are again, less then a week left before Christmas. How come it arrives so suddenly every time? I feel like time is spinning faster each year, is it possible? Anyway, these last couple of weeks of the year I take a little break from drawing to work extra in a flower shop. It’s really hectic, but has its charm:) So, I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a calm and sweet holiday, remember to take care of each other- and yourself too:) And I’m looking forward to meeting you in the year to come.



a new way of walking

There's something fascinating about this little video.. Someone has commented it as being more amazed by the invisible man than the shoes, and that's the first thing that came to my mind. You immediately start imaging someone in those shoes. I see a man in black with a top hat...

...what do you see?


waiting for christmas

Christmas is 'tre nøtter til Askepott og nellikmandarin' (don’t know how to translate this tradition!).. Tile with butterfly by Stine Rommetveit.

Today has been about chilling on the couch, listening to good music and browsing the web for inspiration and ideas for Christmas gifts. After staying up until early morning, dancing and having fun at a Christmas party last night, I think this was the best way to spend a Sunday.

I wouldn’t mind finding one of these under the tree.. The coloured ‘Splash’ pillow from Fine little day makes me smile:)

And this book looks like a dream. Both in words and photos. Photographer Pia Jane Bijkerk creates a very beautiful atmosphere in her pictures, just look at these....


Thanks for good friends and an easy Sunday.


backyard christmas market




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Last Sunday some fellow designers and I arranged a small Christmas market in the backyard of Baluba Illustrasjon. Well, luckily we had set up everything inside as the weather was storming.. But we tried to decorate the backyard and make it welcoming, and we were happy to see so many people showing up! Inside they got a cup of "gløgg" to warm up on before they could wander around and look at our goods; Prints, original drawings and photos, Christmas cards, handmade porcelain, vintage underwear (!) and lots more. We certainly enjoyed ourselves, and I hope everyone else did too:) More photos on our Baluba blog too!

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And look at these cute ‘to & from’ cards I got from Kathrine! With my name on it and everything. I have the best studio mate;)


Presenting the calendar

Here’s the result of our Baluba calendar project, we picked it up from the printers last week, and have been busy sending them off to participants and clients! We are very happy with how it turned out, so here are some examples for you to have a look at. And if you would like to buy it, leave me a comment here or get one straight from my epla shop!

This is my illustration for the calendar, we were all illustrating the same theme; ‘If I dared I would...’ And I would tame an elk and call myself queen of the forest! I enjoyed making this image by mixing drawings and photos, making a digital collage which I haven’t done that much before.


Kathrine Kristiansen would make a living of selling old treasures...

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‘I would dare to like you’ by Stine Rommetveit

And Gunvor Rasmussen would wear a leopard dress every day!


This is the last page of the calendar where we’re presenting all the illustrators/artists that have contributed. There’s a different artist for every month, and I got May as I wanted:) The layout and design was made by me and Kathrine in Baluba Illustrasjon, and the calendar was printed locally.

So, 2012 should be a good year, right?


winter is coming


...and this is how I see it.

An abundance of beauty and inspiration in this blog, where I found the above image.

Image source: hyoni kang by chris nicholls for flare| december 2011, fashion gone rouge


lost ideas


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Some spreads from an old sketchbook: Collecting interesting images, words and experimenting with composition and materials. It reminds me of old ideas that might turn into something new...


If I dared...


... I would live amongst trees and beasts, and I would tame an elk and call myself queen of the forest.

This is my contribution to the 2012 Baluba Calendar Kathrine and I are working on. Now as we have all the illustrations we just need to put it all together and send it off to the printers asap! It will be fun to see how it turns out, and I wonder what month I’ll end up with.. May would be nice as I’ve drawn wood anemones, and I always picked them for my birthday- which is also in May...Didn’t think of that when I put them there:)


shades of green

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They'll sell you thousands of greens. Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any sort of green you like; but that particular green, never.’

Pablo Picasso, 1966.

Images from the top: Ink drawing by miss talseth - The Paris Apartment - Clovers by miss talseth - Cactus studio by miss talseth - Fauna pillow -Unknown


queen of the forest


So I’m still finishing up my illustration for the calendar, but these are the two drawings I’ve been working with. I did a foolish mistake by forgetting the format for the calendar (guess who decided on it too, haha) when doing these.. That’s why I’m still working on it then.

However, the rest of the illustrations are chosen for our Baluba calendar, have a look here!


Wear it like a crown


[photo by Mats Bäcker]


[music by Rebekka Karijord]

Wow. Cirkus Cirkör. What can I say but thank you! I was so lucky to see this amazing show yesterday called Wear it like a crown with Circus Cirkör, a Swedish nouveau cirque. To me it was a breathtaking, beautiful and humorous experience. Visually and musically stunning with a story exploring fears and loneliness, and about turning them into possibilities..

A show about wearing your fears and failures with pride.

Wearing it like a crown is inspired by and also named after one of Rebekka Karijord’s songs. I had to buy her cd The Noble Art of Letting Go, and when playing it today I was straight back in that wonderfully strange feeling Cirkus Cirkör gave me yesterday. I hope they come back soon:)

Thinking of it, the show came at the perfect time, as I’ve been working on my illustration (above) for Baluba’s calendar competition with the matching theme If I dared, I would... And I would like to live in the forest, and maybe tame an elk that I could ride on through the path of trees... and if I could I would sing like Rebekka Karijord:)



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[sketches and photos by miss talseth]