By spotogspindel | December 6, 2013
This is the poster I made for Bømlo Teaters upcoming show. It opens in April, and is a romantic tale of love and longing along the coast.
By spotogspindel | December 6, 2013
Christmas at Sola Airport! It´s a big assignment I´ve been working on the past couple of weeks, hired in by a local marketing-agency as a set-designer/stylist. They had most of it planned/designed, but my job to execute, get it done.
It starts (for my part) right before entering the security-area. A big sign showing what you can find on the inside, both food, activities and shops.
Right after you pass security, I hung a mistletoe from the ceiling. (Not part of the original idea, but I couldn´t resist!)
Two of the gates are renamed Christmas-gates, one in domestic and one in international. We´ve removed all the usual institutional rows of chairs and replaced them with a big, red, flossy carpet, big advent-purple sofas and orange chairs.
Not to mention the big, cosy wall-hanging with both a grand-piano and a fire-place! And in between it all, Christmas decorations, candles and small ferns on the tables, cushions and sheep-skins in the sofas. It didn´t take long before travelers kicked off their shoes, and curled up in the sofas!
Everything that looks big anywhere else, looks tiny in an airport. All the stuff I had gathered, it all seemed so small. So for the second round I got some BIG Christmas-stars to hang in a couple of the windows. Some of them with light, some of them glitter.
We also got two glass boxes, where I picked stuff from the shops to display. Meant to give inspiring ideas for Christmas-gifts, I made creative to-and-from-cards attached to them, and ended it all with a red bow on top.
Some photos from the international gate:
And of course there are Christmas trees! Real ones! No true Christmas-feeling without decorated trees! Two at each gate. And garlands! (These garlands filled my living-room, now look how small they look!)
Is it a bird?
Is it a plane?
No, it´s…. superm…
Wait, it actually is a plane!
I just didn´t recognize it with antlers on.
This cute little play-plane is in the domestic area, and all dressed up for Christmas.
What else? There are also board-games at each gate. That way, you can play and be social with your fellow travelers, instead of yawning away in a magazine
Wow. This has been SUCH an interesting assignment, I can hardly express it! To be able to see how an airport functions from behind the scenes is just amazing! The people there are all so dedicated, so engaged in their workplace, so concerned for all the travelers. I might add that Sola airport in Stavanger is a bit special. It´s the only airport I know of that has their own “terminal-experience-leader”. That´s him there, in the photo below, getting his Christmas-card-photo taken! Another great idea
There are always fresh flowers in the bathrooms, and there is always a service-coordinator at work, helping out where-ever there is need for her. I´ve always loved Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, but Sola is now in the lead just for their service-attitude and thorough quality
By spotogspindel | December 5, 2013
I guess I should stop calling it the “weekly” update and start calling it the “occasional” update…
The past couple of weeks I´ve been busy working with the barricade in Les Mis. It´s a big construction, and every spot needs to be first watered, then stained and finally a varnish on top. My colleague Ingrid is helping out here. It´s gonna be really cool when it´s all done!
While working on it, lines from the musical are swirling in my mind: “You at the barricade listen to this!: No one is coming to help you, you´re on your own!” and the reply: “Damn their warnings, damn their lie! We shall see the people rise!”
Next big project is the sewer. It was more of a maze of bricklaying than I expected. Here I´m almost finished. The carpet-roll-endings you see here will become part of pipes in the sewer.
My other colleague Elin, is applying the first coat of paint.
We have to finish everything by Christmas, which is actually getting quite close!, so there´s no time for slacking.
By spotogspindel | November 25, 2013
A commissioned piece I made for the owner of the old teahouse. Incorporating his great grandfathers old rowing-boat, old flags and scribbles made on the walls inside, among other things.
By spotogspindel | November 24, 2013
“At the end of the day, you´re another day older, and that´s all you can say for the life of the poor”. Exert from Les Miserables-lyrics. And Les Miserables is what it´s all about! This week there was a big press-conference about the show, in our work-studio. And we´ve gotten quite a lot done! So maybe I should re-write the quote and say “At the end of the week, you´ve laid more bricks/had more fun/paint-washed-aged than ever before, and that´s all you can say for the life of the set-maker”
This “wrought-iron” gate took me something like 15 spray-cans to cover in shiny black paint.
And I completed an entire tiling-factory (where Fantine works). Here is part of it, partly painted.
The gate is almost ready. We´re trying to put it all together before the press and the set-designer comes for an inspection. It´s starting to look pretty miserable, don´t you think?
And what have we here? An horse in a boat? Is it sea-horse?
Næææ, it´s just part of a statue about to be built into the barricade!
Other things going on? Well, I´m happy to pose with the big moose-antlers my colleague is making. Cool, huh?!
Have a lovely weekend!
By spotogspindel | November 23, 2013
By spotogspindel | November 15, 2013
Making a moose-head is this week´s theme. I designed a moose as one of the costumes for PERPLEKS. My good friend and collegue, Grete, is trained as a puppet-maker from Prague, and the moose is all her making. I´ve been working along side her with other projects, but trying to keep an eye on her, so that i can learn how she makes her beautiful art. The mask is part of a costume, which will be worn as a hat on the head.
Well. She starts off by making a real-size scetch of the head she wants to make, both from the side and from above. She then finds a big block of styro-foam, and transfers the shapes onto the block, so she has a kind of 3D-pattern to work from.
Using a saw, she cuts away the excess styro-foam. When she has the basic shape defined, she uses a stell-brush, to churn away at the foam, to shape it. Finally, she uses a sharp knife, to make the surface smooth and nice. And she did all this in just one day! I´m amazed!
Once it´s hollowed out, the costume-department takes over…
My own week? Well, I´ve made bricks. Lots of bricks. Brick-walls, single bricks and cobble-stones for the barricade, and even some more bricks for a brick-making factory! Including some roof-tiles. So that should just about sum it up.
By spotogspindel | November 10, 2013
This week I finished the big glas-painting! Yay! IT took some time and effort, but it´s been great fun working with. It´s about 1 x 3 meters.
Wednesday we were at a safety-course in “hot-work” arranged by the fire-department. So now I am certified to work with hot stuff!
Most of the week I´ve been working on laying bricks though. As you can see, our space is filing up with decor-pieces for Les Mis.
I took a small excursion next door, to the museum, and found this moose. He looks like he´s been de-crowned. No wonder he looks so sad…
All in the intension of making a big mask and costume for a new show. I am so lucky to have the costume-design for one of the shows premiering in January. And this is the very first start on one of the costumes. It´s my colleague making it, she´s a trained puppeteer from Prague.
The designs will be presented tomorrow, so I´ve been at home painting the entire weekend. We just made a head-start on the moose, as that will take some time to complete. An adventure!
The show is called PERPLEKS! and is about the different identities we are given and take on, and how we have different relationships with different people according to these roles.
By spotogspindel | November 6, 2013
“Slåtterøy light-tower/The algae are coming!”, 40×50 cm
The light-tower at Slåtterøy has got a new owner!
When I look at this picture I always think of the naked rock faces. How warm they can be in the sun, how good they are for climbing, how they smell of salt ocean. (sigh)
By spotogspindel | November 4, 2013
Fall is here, and with it, new shows to work with!
We´re hired in to make the set for Les Miserables, which will be staged at three different theaters this winter/spring: Kilden in Kristiansand, Sandnes and Festiviteten in Haugesund. It´s a BIG set, with tons of work. But it is SO much fun working with!
Along other chores, I´ve seem to made it as head brick-”mason”. If you can use the word mason when the bricks are plastic and the thing that makes it all stick together isn´t cement, but staples…. It´s like a giant 3D-puzzle, and I have to admit: I like those
There´s a lot of painting going on too, layer upon layer, to make it all look gritty.
My other main task is this huge stained glass window. It´s over 3 meters high, and the glass isn´t glass but plexi-glass. Above I´ve outlined the motif, below I´ve started the filling in with color.
The paint I use is alcohol-based, which means I am wearing a gas-mask while I´m painting. I´ll keep you posted on the process.