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20 May 2010 @ 11:30 am
Vikings: Way Sweeter Than You'd Think, Swords Or No.  
 Norway! Yes. S'all i really got to say. What a great trip and great workshop and great show! More later, but for now i'm just going to post some fuzzy iphone pics of the gallery installation. The Giant Skein looked great!! thanks everyone. i plastered the walls with all the statements and that was wonderful to see the whole conversation happening. some made me cry! many made me laugh, one or two made me blush. i ended up cutting the tags off the giant skein because when it sat there next to the wall of statements it looked a bit like the shoulder of a California freeway circa 1972....littered. Some of the tags had fallen off or got rained on in the process anyhow and then ultimately i realized that the real power within this skein is how it represents the whole, it is it's own thing now and complete without all the individual references. (but don't worry contributors! there is a list of credits on the wall and of course....your own words. ) The thing was huge but once i got it up i wanted to see it even bigger! So I have decided to do this again next year and just add new yarns to this one. So if you missed out this time....

For my individual yarns i strung them up on the wall in different designs and this is now my new favorite thing!! I want to install all my yarn into spaces like this. I did have a few skeins hanging as-is as well...to show them as traditional yarn (whereas the installed ones transform to art.)

Thanks to Ola Bruvik (my borrowed assistant for the week who otherwise is a member of the best norwegian band EVER: Yo Yo Yo Alcapulco) who took my random video of the skein-making and some yarn photos and edited it into the coolest weird yarn video with a stunning ambient soundtrack of Creedence, John Prine, Merle Haggard and Mickey Avalon.  Thanks to the video all the ladies of Lillehammer wanted to know "who's the man in the green pants?". Don't we all want to know..... 

There were a couple of newspaper article about the upcoming show the most notable of which had a slightly mistranslated headline from something which i'm sure i was capable of saying and it had a big picture of me and the statement "LOVER FROM A PAST LIFE". I'm not sure if people knew exactly what that meant but i'm pretty sure it's why there was such a turnout at the opening. 

What a wonderful experience it was and i have to give some HUGE THANKS to all y'all:
Eirik and Tove for hosting me, organizing evreything, making the connections and always having a cold beer in the fridge. yer the best!!!! 
Ola- for your artist's eye, all the help and the Norwegian Lessons! 
Johan- For the show. Thanks! and I think i owe you 645 nail holes x $2 each is...well and with the exchange rate...er.. i'll catch you next time. 

and TO ALL THE BIG SKEIN SPINNERS!! it was all about the great work from the spinning universe...

BACK TO WORK.....Ahhh. the nitty gritty. Ok, coming down the pike:

The AURA Wheel from Majacraft!
For sale on my website soon!! like...today, or tomorrow!
I even re-made my website! Check it out

Registration is Open on the CAMPS PAGE.
Sept 18th and 19th

Watch your step Ola!

This one started out as an "explosion shape " and ended up looking like a cartoon "pow!" once it got to the other wall.

The cement-mixer yarn.


Some tailspun i spun in norway from beautiful locks i got from Susan's Fiber at the MD show.

Statements! (just some of them!)

This is not as easy as it looks...

Aura yarn.

My steel-wool bag and the yarn coming out from the corner, across the ceiling and onto this wall and around the corner.

People looking for a lover from a past life.

(Anonymous) on May 20th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Thank you so much for a great workshop in Lillehammer, I learned alot and had a great time! I have posted pics and blogged about the gallery, worskhop and my learningyarns here http://silja-devine.com/?cat=18

(Anonymous) on May 21st, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
i am overwhelmed by the amazingness of this exhibit. thank you so much for making it possible for so many of us to come together and be a part of this. <3-emily of bricolagestudios
fuzzybumblebeefuzzybumblebee on May 21st, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Beautiful. I'm so proud of you!
I'm so curious about that new wheel too. I have two maladapted wheels that I think of selling off in hopes of buying one ideal wheel. Looking at that wheel and your always inspiring work makes me want to start spinning again.
(Anonymous) on May 21st, 2010 07:25 am (UTC)
Thank You. My daughter and I have had fun watching the videos and waiting to see the pictures from Norway. Really awesome!! Love the cement mixer!!!
Leslie and Valerie Hulbert
(Anonymous) on May 21st, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
Who cares about Woodstock after this? I was in Lillehammer 2010! More pictures at my Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/eir-b/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/eir-b/)

ext_230593 on May 21st, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you, everything was great and I came home with a lots of inspiration!
(Anonymous) on May 23rd, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
Congrats! It came out so amazing!
(Anonymous) on January 20th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
wow! i'm just finally seeing this! I think I see my statement on the wall!1 how cool!! (I'm the one who pun with her son :)) I want to go squish the giant skein!