Yin-Yang

Just embarked on a series of yin-yang compositions. The symbol and concept has always fascinated me deeply – at the same time so straightforward simple and totally complex.

In Chinese philosophy, yin & yang describes how apparently opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Many tangible dualities (such as light and dark, fire and water, expanding and contracting) are thought of as physical manifestations of the duality symbolized by yin and yang. This duality lies at the origins of many branches of classical Chinese science and philosophy,and traditional Chinese medicine. It’s also a central principle of different forms of Chinese martial arts and exercise, such as t’ai chi and qigong. The principle is also described in I Ching, dating from 1000 BC and before.

So yin and yang can be thought of as complementary rather than opposing forces that interact to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the assembled parts. Everything has both yin and yang aspects, (for instance shadow cannot exist without light).

Visually the shape is appealing: The perfect round circle – and the winding ‘S’ that divides the circle into two halves – the two curved ‘drops’. 

It has been so exciting to create these piece. And pleassure too – not least because I have been able to work outdoor at my terrace which – beyond comparison – is my favorite workplace! When the climate permitting!

4 nice big yin yang pieces’re on display (14. Aug – 13. Sep) at Baunhøj – a beautiful location in Grenå. In fine company with my colleagues from KKS (Female Artists’ Association).

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London

It is gradually becoming an establish tradition it seems, to meet in London with my kids sometime during the summer holidays. This time it even was my birthday, which we celebrated with a long and lovely stroll along the Thames to have picnick and dinner in Greenwich which is a whole new area for me – but definitely an area I’d like to visit again!

Program as usual: art, culture, excursions, and plenty of café visits. And as usual I return home with a lot of beautiful impressions – bursting with energy – and ready to plunge into my late summer assignments –  of which the first is preparation of worksfor  TEGN – an exhibition at Baunhøj Mølle next week. More on this soon.

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New Art Courses

DSC01949Still summer – even holiday – a perfect time to make up plans for creative conquests for the harvest, autumn & winter season.

Anyway, here comes dates and headlines:

ARTISTS’ BOOKS. Create your own notebooks, journals, book-art. Simple structures and bindings – lots of fun! Saturday 16. August in Aarhus (Dk).

MANDALA, FLOWER OF LIFE, GOLDEN RATIO – and other universal, archetypical, spiritual and geometrical figures. Weekend 12.-13. September in Aarhus (Dk).

ART & PAINTER TRAVEL TO ISTANBUL. Join me to one of the most beautiful and facinating sites and experience creativity sprout!
Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Spice Bazaar, Topkapi, Bosphorus etc etc. We’ll live in the old part of the city and go out together every day to sketch and collect impressions,  and meet later at home at the hotel terasse to work with our art.  NB. I’m an experienced traveller, who have visited Istanbulfor many times and know the city quite well!
Contact www.kreativt-netvaerk.dk for booking questions, and me for further questions on program and content. 24. September – 1. October. Istanbul.

ARTISTS’ BOOKS. Create your own notebooks, journals, bookart. Simple structures and bindings – lots of fun! Saturday 18. oktober 2015 in Aarhus(Dk).

MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE & ILLUSTRATION. Drawing & illustration – from big size canvases & boards to tiny notebooks. Weekend 14.-15. november 2015 in Aarhus(Dk).

My creative workshops and courses all have an emphasis on issues as simple solutions, sustainability and spirituality. Sessions explore relationships between art, craft, the individual and the environment.

All courses take place at G13, my atelier in Aarhus, (except the art-travel to Istanbul of course). Taught in small groups these sessions provide lots of time and space for both individual contemplation, creative conversations and playful exchange during the day.

PRICE: 1 dag = 800 dkr. Weekend = 1400 dkr. (instruction, basic materials, tea/coffe). Istanbul: = 8 days with fly, transfer, hotell, breakfast, teaching, from 8.989 dkr

Please, sign up here or at hannematthiesen(a)gmail.com/ mobile (+45) 21471871

Looking forward to see you :-)

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Summertime

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!

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B & B – Stay with me

DSC02269Tent 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.

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At Kirsten Kjær’s

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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.

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Sheffield and Schio

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).

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