By spotogspindel | March 10, 2014
“Familylife on the lighthouses (along the Norwegian cost)” is the title of my upcoming exhibition. Unlike my previous exhibitions, this will be traveling from place to place, and the pictures aren´t for sale. It´s being supported by The Norwegian Arts Council. There s still much to do to get everything ready for the opening in just a few weeks, but at least, now the poster is in place. For now anyway. I am working on the continuance of the exhibition in other galleries and museums. This is downright exciting!
By spotogspindel | March 6, 2014
This week´s adventure includes making a Parisian flower-stand, overflowing with beautiful flowers, sold at a fraction of the normal price. Why? AirFrance is promoting their new direct flight from Stavanger to Paris. And what is better than springtime in Paris? Even Ella Fitzgerald sings about it: “I love Paris in the springtime”.
I just had to include a photo of the aprons I made yesterday
So for two Thursdays and two Saturdays, look out for these lovely French ladies, Sandrine and Helene, and you can get all the flowers your heart desires!
By spotogspindel | March 1, 2014
Today´s little creative project: sail-painting.
I was asked to paint the logo of a local firm on a couple of miniature sails for this model wooden boat.
The boat is a completely handmade replica of an “Oselvar” a regional version of the rowing boat.
The logo is hand painted, freestyle, with fabric paint.
By spotogspindel | February 28, 2014
Optiship is a new shipping company, only 3 year old, but strong and growing! Their ships all have a very characteristic color of purple, which I think is just absolutely lovely! I made this picture of one of their ships, a converted, old ferry, and it now decorates the reception in their office.
The ships are purple, and so are the details in the interior in the office, even down to the clothing of the secretary
“Purple ships are the coolest!” 150×106 cm, photo-collage printed on brushed aluminum
By spotogspindel | February 26, 2014
Eidesvik has once again asked me to deliver art for a ship, the grandest one to date, due in July. And as part of the planning process, they invited me along to meet the furniture supplier, Ekornes. We spent the day going over the entire interior design of the ship, everything from buttons in the elevator to the flooring to the artwork.
Colors, styles, moods… a wishing-well to choose from. A team of designers and architects had made a proposal, and we commented, changed and applauded. The design is so cool, so modern, so sleek, it´s going to be the most elegant interior!
We ended the session with a walk through the 5 story showroom, an old, converted sea-house in Ålesund, trying different types of chairs and sofas, picking material based on “cleanablility”, fire-safety, in addition to style and color. So many things to think about when choosing. What an interesting day! I´ve learned so much today, and can hardly wait to dig into the work on making art for this ship!
By spotogspindel | February 25, 2014
The April-show at the theatre will be “Noises Off!”, a fabulously funny farce. I haven´t seen it, but I hear good things of it, and look forward to seeing it, even if I´m not a particular farce-fan. Monday we started painted the bricks on the wall-pieces, Tuesday we finished with a wash to make them look like actual bricks and added some gooey stuff to pose as mortar. Wednesday the set was being pieced together and assembled. As you can see, a whole house is now filling our workshop.
Thursday and Friday I spent wall-papering the back of all the doors and walls with corrugated cardboard, to make it all look like a big paper-set.
This will be the last Backstage Weekly, as I am leaving the theatre to go back to running my own business again full-time. I´ve had a most wonderful time here, the theatre is filled with lovely and talented people, and I´ve learned so much while I´ve been here.
The set, on stage, still not finished, but we did pretty well in just one week, didn´t we?!
On a more personal note, I wanted to add a picture of one of my favorite kids. I am once again an aunt, this time to a little girl. I am really looking forward to moving home, so I can get to know her!
By spotogspindel | February 22, 2014
I am once again a student! I´ve signed up for a part-time course in TextileCulture. So two days a month, I´ll be joining a group of other women, learning in-depth about our textile heritage and future.
The first two days I attended was all about carding and spinning. (I made up the word yarning, well-knowing it´s not a real word. I just felt the need for a verb…)
We started off by visiting Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrik (a wool factory). It was founded in 1898, and some of the machines still in use, four generations later, are originals from the start. We had a thorough tour of the factory, and learned a lot about the whole process the wool goes through, from sheep to yarn.
First, the wool is washed. If it is to be felted, the wool is then dyed. If it is to be spun, the dyeing comes later. Huge piles of dyed wool in all colors were stacked on the first floor. It was then carried upstairs to the big carding-machines.
This factory is a relatively small one, and can make custom orders of as little as 40 kilos of wool in just about any color and combination you´d want. Though the main ingredient is always wool. They are also the only factory who card Norwegian “wild-sheep”-wool. Kudos!
Different types of wool above. There are at least 16 different types of sheep in Norway, so this is just the most common ones.
Anyway. The yarn is then spun, in huge amounts on huge descendants of “the Spinning Jenny”.
After the yarn is spun, it is dyed by the bolts.
Our guide, the 4th generation, in his show-and-tell.
Back at the school in the evening we got another in-depth crash-course in hand-spinning. I have tried spinning before, but on a spinning wheel. A little with she eps-wool, but mainly with angora-rabbit.
I really should probably get myself a spindle and give it a go… After all, my name kind of suggests I should know how to (Spindelmaker)
By spotogspindel | February 9, 2014
Oh, I am SO behind on my blogging! Here´s a couple of things that´s been going on backstage lately:
Michel hired in to do some authentic graffiti on the set of #sweet
This majestic guy waiting for me in the lunch-room after the opening night of Perpleks
A real backstage photo, to show you just how tight a squeeze it sometimes is backstage. There´s both a Valkyrian, a moose and a volcano back here, all at the same time…
Working on the set of #sweet: a more or less abandoned girls toilet in a public high school.
I don´t have any photos of the finished set yet, I´ll have to share those with you later.
The same evening #sweet premiered, so did Les Miserables! It was a fantastic show, and especially fun because I knew half of the ensemble! There are so many things I could tell you about this show, but let me narrow it down to how proud I was to have been part of the crew making the set for the show. It´s been a thrill working with, I´ve learned so much from it.
By spotogspindel | January 24, 2014
(photo: Stig Håvard Dirdal)
Perpleks opened Friday night. It´s a funny-weird little show that is impossible to put in just one category.
Written by Marius von Mayenburg and translated by Thomas Bjørnager
Directed by Glenn André Kaada
Set-design and composer: Arne Nøst
Costume-design: Janne Robberstad
“Ragnhild”: Ragnhild Arnestad Mønness
“Øystein”: Øystein Martinsen
“Svein”: Svein Solenes
The characters in the show change roles and relationships with each other continuously, but you hardly notice until after a while, and it is quite confusing.
It is actually done on purpose by the author, to confuse the audience. It´s part of his idea for the show.
The actors start out in normal clothes, they are just ordinary people.
Svein constantly without clothes, getting some brilliant philosophical ideas in the shower.
Øystein above as an 8-year old boy who didm´t succeed in getting his judo-belt.
Some ghosts are found in the closets of a summer-house….
There is also a costume-party in the middle of the show, based around the theme: Nordic nights.
Øystein as a down-hill-skier…
Ragnhild as a valkyrian viking!
Svein as a moose. And ingrid as a…
Her head is exploding in a cloud of ash! Her arms are streams of lava running down her rocky mountainous body… she´s an Icelandic volcano, of course!
What goes on behind the couch between the moose and the down-hill-skier?
Well, it certainly seems to slow down the feel-goo-vibe of the party…
Ingrid always though someone was watching her.
Nietsche visits, the backstage-crew starts taking the set down, the director is gone, the stage master takes a break.
This is a show with lots of food for thought, if you have the chance, you should absolutely see it! The director and the actors have made such a brilliant show! And I am so honored to be part of this great team!!
By spotogspindel | January 18, 2014
We showed an exert from the Perplex-show to the media this week. It´s only a week until we open!
Click on the picture below to see a TV-interview with the moose:
Here´s another link form Rogalands Avis.
In between I´ve been experimenting with layers of paint, trying to make a brick-wall. We made tons of brick-walls for Les Mis, but I only assembled them, not painting any of them. So I´ve been wanting to try it out. Below are two samples.
They don´t look half-bad, do they? It´s about three layers of brushed on paint and three layers of sprayed on diluted paint. I think I might try to use one of them in an ARTing project.