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.