Berlin in October

Autumn study trip with Testrup Højskole – and  Lucius joining directly from London!

Great days for walking, talking, enjoying the special atmosfhere of Berlin – from sofisticated, monumental, classic monuments and culture – to the raw, innovative, green and urban sites.

Of course it has been a special pleasure being accompagnied by my son this time. I feel very gratefull!


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Istanbul Huzun

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8 days in Byzantium/ Constantinople/ Istanbul (dear child has many names) to soak up impressions and find good motifs to draw, to enjoy plenty of tea breaks, play backgammon, study people in the street, read, vegetate, enjoy the colors, patterns and the special Turkish Huzun mood. The first days in the blistering weather – the last few days also with bursts of rain. So it’s good that there’re places like the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul Modern & and Orhan Pamuk’s Musum of Innocence where it’s only a pleasure to spend a rainy day.

Next painter travel I arrange will be in late summer/autumn 2016. Feel free to contact me if you wanna join. ;-)


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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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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 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) mobile (+45) 21471871

Looking forward to see you :-)

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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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