Kristine Wessel, chairwoman of Norwegian Crafts, looks back on the organisation's evolution over the past ten years: from an online magazine to a multifaceted institution working to connect artists and art professionals across the craft field.
It is with great pleasure that we release this issue, titled Norwegian Crafts Magazine Revisited, on the occasion of Norwegian Crafts’ 10th anniversary. For this issue of The Vessel, the Norwegian Crafts team present 45 interviews and articles on craft written by 31 contributors, all but one have been previously published on our website. From an extensive list of more than 130 articles, interviews, and notes published throughout the decade, we have primarily selected pieces that showcase artists and duojárat from Norway and Sápmi, along with a few other articles that give an overall insight into the contemporary craft world.
A Contested Concept
Since its inception, Norwegian Crafts has concerned itself with developing new thinking about craft. In this new essay by art historian and former Norwegian Crafts chairwoman Jorunn Veiteberg we are offered a closer look into Norwegian Crafts’ focus on theory development and craft writings, as she discusses challenges within the craft field today. Her unsurprising conclusion is that the concept of craft is neither unambiguous nor simple.
Explore the wonderful world of art jewellery through these seven interviews with Sigurd Bronger, Liv Blåvarp, Tone Vigeland, Nanna Melland, Felieke van der Leest , Inger Blix Kvammen, matt lambert and Máret Ánne Sara.
Sigve Knutson: The Amateur Craftsman
Sigve Knutson's innovative practice is devoted to giving people new material experiences. He frequently invents materials to bring himself and his audiences closer to a collective, creative memory. In this interview by Tora Endestad Bjørkheim and Johnny Herbert we learn more about his craft process.
Enjoy a collection of interviews with these doyens of craft – acclaimed textile artists Brit Fuglevaag, Magdalena Abakanowicz and Hannah Ryggen, duojár Perisak Juuso, ceramic artists Torbjørn Kvasbø and Marit Tingleff, and jewellery artists Liv Blåvarp and Tone Vigeland.
A collection of articles and interviews on textile art from the past ten years, including interviews with John Raustein, Inger Johanne Rasmussen and Toril Johannessen among others.
Get stuck in with these stories on ceramics, featuring artists working in a multitude of different techniques, styles and sizes –from the smallest and most delicate of objects, to vessels so large you could take a bath in them.
In this collection you'll find interviews with artists using ceramics to tell stories, including Lillian Tørlen, Erika Stöckel, Elisabeth von Krogh, Sidsel Hanum, Heidi Bjørgan, Ingrid Askeland and Hilde Jørgensen.
Illustrations made by Linn Hagen (Bielke & Yang) based on artworks by Ahmed Umar, Felieke van der Leest, Sigurd Bronger, Lillian Tørlen, Perisak Juuso, Hilde Jørgensen and Ingrid Askeland, Sidsel Hanum, Brit Fuglevaag, Aslaug Juliussen and Elisabeth von Krogh