This project was developed during my Ma at Cambridge School of Art. It follows women in my family nine generations back, from me to my mother to my grandmother and her mother etc. All women have a double spread with a portrait, a short biography and some laws specific to women during their era. It is about time, history and the changing conditions of women’s lives. It will be published in Norway in September 2018 by Omnipax.
Painting of my mother’s mother.
The finished spread with my mother’s mother, or my grandmother if you like.
My mothers mothers mother.
My mothers mothers mothers mother.
My mothers mothers mothers mothers mothers mother!
Front and back cover
Early sketches of three of the women drawn with a brushpen.
Drawings of the portraits that triggered the whole idea.
Logo Sagene Bookshop
I really enjoyed this job of designing a new logo for wonderful Sagene Bookshop in Oslo.
Card Sagene Bookshop
This is a card I made for Sagene Bookshop a couple of years ago.
It is kind of how it looks, such a cosy shop!
Masters project 'Words'
This was my final project on the Master in Cambridge. I wanted to investigate human communication, but it proved difficult to illustrate, or communicate, all the different ideas I had! It is such a vast theme, but so interesting I will probably have another go at it again when I’m a bit older and wiser.
Sometimes there are no words.
Or the ones you find are not the ones you need.
And when you find the right one there’s nobody there to listen…
My sketchbook is my best friend! I take it almost everywhere, and am very attached to it, especially when it is a Moleskine. The world is so full of interesting things to draw!
Some old and beautiful cottages in Cambridge.
I love observing and drawing people in public spaces, but it feels like a bit of a guilty pleasure.
Mill Road, Cambridge.
Portrait experiments in ink and gouache.
Sometimes it is fun to draw while doing something else. Here I was dancing and drawing without looking, it is like a childish game, but a surprisingly fun one!
My favourite house in Cambridge.
Some images are just fun to make and making images without any puropse is a good way of keeping the job fun and exciting!
I think these two need somewhere to go!
An old selfportrait.
OLDER WORK 1: Hei-boka ('The Hi book')
This is the first book I’ve both written and illustrated without sign language. It is about a girl who doesn’t know how to say ‘Hi’, the word doesn’t seem to come. She tries different creative methods like binding flowers into the word, making banners saying it and even makes a hi machine, but in the end only one way proves effective. It was published in 2016 by Omnipax.
Speech bubble endpapers.
OLDER WORK 2: Books with sign language
This is how I started my career as an illustrator. As most other things in life it happened quite randomly and due to a strike of luck. I ended up making three books for children with hearing disabilities, one with songs and rhymes, one with three fairy tales and an ABC (A-Z). It was a very meaningful and fun thing to do! (But also challenging as I had always avoided drawing hands until then because it’s so difficult and suddenly I had to draw hundreds and hundreds of them.)