While in Bergen I checked out Karen Bit Vejles’s exhibition at the Bergen City Museum – Scissors for Brush – a collection of paper silhouettes set in enchanted themes of fairies, nature, mermaids and music. Below you can see some examples of this massive pieces – I definitely preferred the more unique pieces with throwbacks to folklore and old tapestries over the more formulaic ‘fairy’ styles which were a bit too girly for my tastes. This style of paper art, with a similar aesthetic to line drawing and etching, is definitely something I want to explore more of.
I spent last weekend in the beautiful fjordside city of Bergen in Norway. On top of stunning natural landscapes and delightful city architecture, a visit to the Fantoft Stave Church in the Fana borough was a great way to enjoy a slice of traditional Norwegian design. The original church was built in around 1150 in a village deep within Sognefjord before being moved to Bergen in 1883 – however, the church sitting on the site is actually a recent reconstruction after an arson attack by a one-man black metal band in the early 1990s.
The church is actually quite pint-sized and completely wooden, which is reflected in the tiny interior. Completely wooden, the room could be mistaken for a high end sauna if it weren’t for a few religious details.
My favourite details on the church were the carved dragon heads slashing out like nordic daggers into the sky from the roofing.
To reach the Fantoft Stave Church take the Light Rail Train (tram) from the city centre to the stop Fantoft and heading up the road increasing altitude. Entrance to the church is included in the Bergen Card of at a fee of NOK 55.