Anne-Kirsti Espenes

I had my basic education in tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art where I was a student for two years. Later on a Norwegian grant enabled me to go to West Dean for two months. I have also attended short courses given by Archie Brennan and Lynne Curran. The influence British tutors have had upon me, makes me feel rather British when it comes to making tapestries.

My wish is to emphasize and aim at the unique quality that make tapestry different from other art forms. 'Texture' and 'structure' are concepts that describe the tactile and physical solidity that characterizes woven pieces. 'Colour' adds strength to the genuine personal aspect in my work. I start with a simple sketch and an idea. The sketch will never become more than a guide. The idea is realised by putting weft into the warp.

Most of the thin wool I use, I dye myself. I make lots of colours and love blending on the bobbins. I also put various yarn qualities together. I think wool and linen is my favourite mix.

Trondheim, Norway
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