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In this essay art critic and writer Nicholas Norton reflects upon the blurring lines between fine art and crafts in the contemporary art scene in Norway. He looks at Ahmed Umar’s show Glowing…
With this Ring – An Essay Celebrating the Symbolic Meaning of Jewellery
In this essay by Julia Wild and Katharina Dettar, we are invited to contemplate jewellery as a means of communication, directed both inward and outward. Taking the wedding ring as an example, Wild…
The World-Shifting Qualities of Adornment
In this essay, Vivi Touloumidi discusses wearable signs and adornment, their ability to carry sociopolitical messages, and the impact they can have on forming subjects and identities. By researching…
The Significance of Surface: The Vital Role of Finishing Work in Silversmithing Practice
In this essay by Linn Sigrid Bratland, we are invited to contemplate surface work, a time-consuming and often tedious part of any craft process, which today is being revolutionised by emerging…
A Contested Concept
Since its inception, Norwegian Crafts has concerned itself with developing new thinking about craft. In this essay by art historian and former Norwegian Crafts chairwoman Jorunn Veiteberg we are…
Toril Johannessen: Unlearning Optical Illusions
Jessica Hemmings reflects on the textile works of artist Toril Johannessen and her exhibition Unlearning Optical Illusions. At first sight, Johannessen’s works evoke connotations to the patterns…
Between the Dishrag and the Tiger
This essay by Toril Moi investigates the power of textiles, as a potentially feminist endeavour. The essay was published in the exhibition catalogue for Ode til en Vaskeklut, Hymne til en Tiger, a…
Duodji as a Starting Point for Artistic Practice
In this essay curator and duojár Gry-Kristina Fors Spein reflects on the Sámi concept of duodji as a starting point for artistic practice.
Karen Kviltu Lidal: Exposing Power Structures
In this essay, Sofia M. Ciel examines the work of Karen Kviltu Lidal, which explores society, architecture, and public life from the starting point of the physical body. Kviltu Lidal moves freely…
John K. Raustein: The Future is Solely Motivated by Nostalgia
In this essay, artist and critic Tommy Olsson reflects on John K. Raustein's exhibition When Everything Falls into Place that was exhibited at Kunstnerforbundet in Oslo, in 2019 – an immersive,…
Ingrid Askeland and Hilde Jørgensen: The Morning After The Night Before
In this essay, art critic Tommy Olsson reflects on Ingrid Askeland and Hilde Jørgensen's exhibition Manic Monday, a dystopian installation of ceramic sculptures, photography and collage, that was on…
Dehtie Maadtoste, Maadtome – From This Land, These Ancestors of Mine
An essay by South Saami and Scottish Gaelic teacher, translator and poet Johan Sandberg McGuinne on Saami kinship terms and naming practices
Moving Away as Moving Towards
Adam Curtis explores the pastoral lifestyles influenced by the idea of escape – from the busy, noisy, commercial, constant push to produce.
An essay by publisher, editor, and writer Dorothée Perret and artist Oscar Tuazon about Winona LaDuke’s Hemp & Heritage Farm on the White Earth Nation, Gaa-waabaabiganikaag in northern Minnesota.
Memories in Archives – Archived Memories
Essay on Sámi and Kven museum collections by writer and photographer Susanne Hætta
Returning the Long Silent Voices of Our Treasures to the World of Light
Audiovisual essay by Tāmihana Kātene on the creation of taonga puoro
Can Textile Craft Help Restore Planetary Health?
An essay about how regenerative textile practices can aid in our current planetary emergency written by Carole Collet.