A creative and long-lasting Christmas Present?

Maybe you think it’s a little early to plan your summer … however that’s what I’m doing at the moment. Plotted 3-4 courses/ workshops into my 2020 summer holy day calendar. Two Sketchbooks and ScrapBooks workshops, where I teach simple bookbinding techniques and artists’ books – and a graphic workshop with close colleagues – all in collaboration with Kunstø Samsø. See the programme here.

The courses take place in picturesque surroundings at the beautiful green island of Samsø. The bookbinder workshop will be in an old traditional Grocery Farm next to Ballen’s beautiful sandy beach – the print workshop in Langøre rowing club – with the sea and the small port as the nearest neighbors.

What I want to tell: Kunstø issues gift cards. The prefect Christmas gift for a creative soul – it could even be yourself!

Finally, I can recommend a week of music & visual arts at Testrup Højskole. Want to know more, please, ask me or go here

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Artmoney made of Porcelain

An experiment: My first ARTMONEY made of porcelain. For the exhibition Blue December in Copenhagen.

You can also see and/or buy these pieces directly from my Atelier G13

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Open Doors at the Atelier

Looking forward to welcoming you to my atelier next weekend with a nice selection of new and old works, a glass of wine, or a cup of coffee, a little art debate, talk about life in general and an update on what I am currently working on.

My atelier G13 is part of an annual event called SPOR KUNSTEN – open studios, where local artists who open the doors and invite visitors the first weekend in October.

I plan to show some collages, artmoney, artists’ books, ceramics and more. The project ARTMONEY NORD I recently exhibited in the Faroe Islands will also be on display. Come and see!

As a prelude to the open-door-weekend, SPOR KUNSTEN organizes the opening of our Presentation Exhibition (“Workshop selfies”) as well as artists’ talks and debate (in Danish – but with the possibility of translation) at Godsbanen in Aarhus on October.

See more of the participating artists, the workshops’ addresses, opening hours, and the time and place of our vernissage and debate event at Godsbanen at www.sporkunsten.dk

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Inhale – Exhale

Outdoor art installation in driveway of G13 (my house and studio). Created by me and two colleagues on occasion of Aarhus Festival week 2019

Stress, rush and noise. The pace in modern society is high and demanding. We all run (too) fast. Many almost forget about breathing. Breathing holes are needed in a hectic everyday life. Inhale-Exhale offers you a pause .

We welcome you to our peaceful little beach oasis. Please, feel free to settle down. And just breathe. Leave the world for a while. Draw some lines in the sand. Maybe dream or meditate for a better world … maybe talk with your fellow visitors of your dreams and visions… or keep them inside, as you please.

PS: we offer both earmuffs and earplugs (we’re right next tio the street/ street noise), notebooks to doodle in, knitting, poems, philosophical texts to reflect on – as well as sheer inactivity in our little oasis.

PS.PS: If you think you recognize our little “houses”, you are absolutely right. They are recycled from a previous project but now in a new context and setting

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Great days with ARTMONEY NORD in a sunny Tórshavn.

On display at Smiðjan in Lítluvík, the municipal gallery at the harbor. The exhibition was very well received and attracted good interest from both locals and visitors (tourists). In general, Faroese people seem very interested in art; many are actually committed visual artists, painters, musicians, and poets themselves. Especially when you consider how few inhabitants they are – about 40,000 in total, of which about 20,000 live in Tórshavn, it must be the world’s smallest capital.

I love being here and could well dream of coming back on a longer work stay / residency. I did some research while here, so now we’ll see.

Read more about how ARTMONEY NORD started. New article in English – på dansk)

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Farao Islands

A travel to the Faroe Islands on the occasion of Artmoney Nord‘s exhibition in Tórshavn.

I travelled with my mum, who has always been very enthusiastic about the Nordic and everything Nordic – and eventually I understand what she means. The North is wonderful. My mum insisted to go by ship, a voyage of more than 30 hours, giving you plenty of time to contemplate, read, knit and dream your way in the North Atlantic. And according to her the only right way to approach these islands.

So lucky we could stay at William Heinesen’s house high on the hill overlooking the harbor – and the nearby island of Nolsoy – a magnificent view in the ever-changing weather. It has been overwhelmingly beautiful and calm days full of sun, which is not quite usual on these islands.

Of course, I have been to the gallery but have also made many larger and smaller excursions. To visit the Nordic House, the National Gallery/Art Museum, Steinprint, Jacobsen’s bookshop, the coffeehouses and all the knitting shops – as well as walking across the mountains to Kirkjybø – and going on sightseeing/ research in the countryside. The air you breathe is incredible clean, and the landscape is incredible rough and wild, with strong, vivid colors, with cliffs, canyons, waterfalls – mixed with rounded soft green hills. I almost felt indulged in an atmosphere from the creation of Earth.

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Summerholydays and Mermaids at Samsø

Summer holyday for me is to have plenty of time! Time to bike, walk in the rain, swim in the sea, drink tea or rosé wine in the afternoon, talk together, dream and make plans, or just sit in the shadow of the trees and read.

In between I even find time to work with the illustrations for an upcoming Nordic exhibition with artists from KKS at Åland.

I have chosen the lyrics from a traditional Åland folk song, En sjöman älskar havets våg. As it’s a sailor’s song, I paint all my inner views of archipelago islands, blue waves, underwater panoramas and mermaids.

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