The wettest and windiest summer for very long – but fortunately also with touches of calm and warm days in between.
So far time is spend on family and friends (gatherings here and there), a much needed repair/makeover (with a lot of help from my dad, thank you dad!) of guest room(s), studio and basement, meetings with my sew junta (for a future book project – you’ll hear more later), passing my 2. dan (black belt) graduation (want to join?), one weeks family course (teaching the art class) at Testrup – followed by lazy days of reading, writing, stitching, painting, swimming, running and cycling tours in the sun, the wind and the rain.
Now is the time to recharge for all harvest, fall and winter projects. See you!
Tent camp in the garden and all guestrooms occupied. My offspring + some of their friends are here to respectively pass an examination and attend the local Northside Music Festival and Sculptures by the Sea. Thanks for a wonderful weekend! It left me full of happiness – and with an empty fridge. ;-) Lovely! Come back soon!!
In case you go to Aarhus – for a shorter or longer stay – either because of work, study or pleasure – you are more than welcome to stay with me. I have 2 guest rooms available for B&B. See more here and here.
The last days I’ve been at Kirsten Kjær’s Museum in North Jutland in order to attend the opening of the exhibition “Strong Women” on the occasion of Constitution Day and the celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage on June 5. and to participate in a 3 day workshop with 20 colleagues from KKS (Female Artists’ Society).
The place’s organized around a collection of art works by painter Kirsten Kjaer (especially her portraits) the whole estate exudes her spirit. Here’s a motley variety of side galleries with changing exhibitions, koncert hall, artist residences, guest house(s) as well as studios for graphics and sculpture (bronce casting) used by a variety of groups and individual artists. A broadminded and unique setting, great for an informal and mutual inspiring collegial networking and togetherness – in the workshop as well as at the meals and coffee breaks around the kitchen table.
I did some experiments mixing pressed plants with colografi (cardboard printing). So super exciting – and definitely something I want to take further. The prints turned out well – and so did the cardboard plates, I printed from. Would’t be surprised if they end up as an artists’ book.
Just managed to meet two deadlines the other day:
Submitted ‘HOME’, a house-shaped accordion piece for the Sheffield Artists’ Book Prize hosted and organized by Bank Street Arts in Sheffield (GB). (Exhibition dates: 7th October – 31st October, 2015)
And shipped my one-page-book ‘X-perience’ to Italy – where I’m invited artist at Di Carta/Papermade, International Biennal for Papermade Art Work in Schio, at Palazzo Fogazzaro, at the end of the year. (December 2015 to February 2016).
Back home from yet another great spring studytrip to Berlin with Testrup.
New people, places and impressions as well as the joy of return visits to the good old sites and stuff.
One of my favorite recurring items is Thorbjørn’s ‘Sight-run’, where we run to the sightseeings points. Usually a distance slightly above the 20 kilometers. But surely you get your daily need for outdoor + movement thoroughly covered! ;-)
Currently in the process of modeling some big jars for an exhibition at Kirsten Kjær’s Museum in North Jutland 5th. June.
The exhibition is a collaboration with the museum to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. I have been asked to choose one of five portraits of women painted (done) by Kirsten Kjaer – and to go into a dialogue. I have chosen a portrait of Dora Miehe, female circus director, painted 1932. I have had no doubts. It must be pretty adventurous to be in charge of a circus. In any case it’s not an ordinary profession. And certainly not for women. And most certainly not at the time. In other words: Dora is a strong and independent person, I like that. And what is equally important for my choise: her body has such a delicious form – just like a slightly bulky jar. In the portrait she’s wearing a big luxurious mink cape. It looks like at least, mink. White with black spots. So that’s how I’ll glaze my jar.
That’s my plan. A circus director jar. It’s so great to work with ceramics again!