I am a knitter and felt maker, a designer and teacher. I make functional and practical items out of wool. All my products are hand made in London using exclusively British wool, and my hands will have touched every piece.
I believe in taking time and care over every piece I make, moving away from the mass produced, to create objects that have the presence of the human hand in the fabric.
To be truly contemporary one must always exist slightly outside of the present. I try to make work that belongs to both the deep past and the coming future.
I am not scared of colour. I often use vibrant, playful colour that evokes clothes and interiors from my childhood.
It started at The Royal College of Art with a desire to create comfort and protection,
I began to nurture inanimate objects: twigs, logs, trees, eventually a sheep covered in its own jumper.
Later, I became fascinated by the science of what happens when you put a piece of knitting in the wash: essentially the transformation of a single thread into solid fabric; pure magic.
I am Norwegian and have inherited a love of traditional crafts. Handmade functional objects are often constructed in such a clever way. Each object is unique with all it’s imperfections.
I am also a teacher. I teach traditional Handwork skills to adults and children using the philosophy underlying Steiner education and craft .
It feels like such a privilege to pass on handwork skills, basically enabling people to become more independent and self-reliant. I like to think of them as life skills.
The past is reformed/reworked to fit the future.