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I’ve always made stuff. As a kid, I drew and painted all the time, but my true love was music. I wanted a piano but never got it. Instead, illustrating occupied me, also during classes - to my teachers’ dismay. Earning the position of ’The Illustrator’ in school, I created school cabaret posters, school T-shirts and Year book covers.
Everyone expected me to make a career out of it - including me. I made money from illustrating for different clients and companies from the age of 12, but as I started to write songs in my early twenties, everything changed. Allthough I’ve designed and illustrated several of my own CD-covers since my debut in 1996, the kid who was constantly drawing is gone. Lately I’ve been searching through the attic for some of these old drawings, and in 2013 I had my first art exhibition in Norway. Each picture was named after one of my songs. To my surprize, I sold the majority of my pictures in one hour.
Below you can find pictures of drawings and illustrations, shots of jewellry I’ve made or redesigned, remade and embellished clothes, some interior pics, art photos and other products of my creativety. I hope you’ll enjoy and maybe find yourself inspired.
Drawings & Illustrations
Most of these drawings are dated between mid eighties and mid nineties. My preferred tool was black markers, the thinner the better. I also used charcoal and different painting tecniques. Sometimes I used make up and eye liners to get texture and untypical colors, and I liked to mix serveral different tools and techniques in one picture. Loads of illustrations is given away as gifts or to clients over the years, and the majority of those you see displayed here has been sold at exhibitions. But I’ve made limited, signed art prints from a few, which I color by hand and offer exclusively for sale to my fans.
Both my mother and grandmother have been sewing professionally. I’ve grown up watching my mum and her sewing machine, and I’m not afraid to use my own high teck Pfaff. My speciality is not to make clothes from scratch, but to embellish, alter or redesign old or new stuff in my wardrobe. I keep a lot of materials, buttons and stuff from my childhood, and once in a while I find the perfect place for it.
Jewellry & Redesigns
I’ve made jewellery since the age of 14. I took existing jewellery apart, and remade them into my own creations and one-of-a-kind pieces. I also made whole new pieces from machine parts and broken ornaments I found here and there, and later on I’ve redesigned and embellished existing knickknack I’d grown tired of. My transformations have given lots of inexpensive jewellry a new and longer life.
Simply pictures of stuff I have at home. Furniture I’ve repainted, items found in second hand stores, and weird stuff I’ve been collecting. I let myself inspire easily, and I arrange my home so it suites my rather untraditional life. Take a peak if you like.
These dolls I made in 1984, I was 12-ish. I had seen some beautiful East-European dolls on TV (the puppets and fairy tales were different from Disney), and as usual I was just trying to see if I could make something similar. I used what I had at the time, and I even robbed some of my jewelry of their rhine stones, to make eyes and mouths. These dolls, probably inspired by a Polish fairy tale, are supposed to be a Royal family, with a queen, a princess, a nanny, an evil step mother and a witch. To be honest, I never once thought of making a prince or a king to the family. Or maybe I grew tired of the whole idea after putting togehter all these ladies. The princess looks like a sulky teenager, and I guess she is.
These are only sketces and whimsical stuff. I collect them here for my own sake, to have a place to keep fragile ideas for later. The actual pieces of paper they're drawn on is long gone.