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 is published in Norway in January 2019 by Omnipax.
Painting of my mother’s mother.
My mothers mothers mothers mother.
My mothers mothers mothers mothers mothers mother!
The finished spread with my mother’s mother, or my grandmother if you like.
My mothers mothers mother.
Front and back cover
One of many early painting experiments.
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.
This is the biggest of their new plastic bags,
and these are stickers, photographed together with some of the pens that drew them.
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!
This is for a Salvation Army project where inmates in prison get the opportunity of family therapy before they are released back into the world. This can hopefully help them leave what got them into prison behind and enjoy a new start.
It will be used on information material and presentations of the project.
I am incredibly happy to be developing this non fiction children’s book about houses with Thames & Hudson in London. I think it must be my absolute dream project coming true! It is scheduled to be published autumn 2020 and is titled Make Yourself at Home. Will share more of it later.
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. The world is so full of interesting things to draw!
Some old and beautiful cottages in Cambridge.
Rooftops in London. I love all the bricks of English houses!
I love observing and drawing people in public spaces, but it feels like a bit of a guilty pleasure.
Mill Road, Cambridge.
Bricks in Oslo.
My favourite house in Cambridge.
People having a pint in Torshov, Oslo.
Beautiful old houses, Rodeløkka, Oslo.
Man on beach.
In the winter it’s too cold to draw outside, so this is the view from my living room window.
And this is the view from my kitchen.
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. Even if the result is rather terrible.
This is a cover I drew, designed and hand lettered for the YA novel ‘Tordivel’ by the wonderful Pia Tveterås. It is published in Norwegian by Omnipax November 2018.
This is the cover for my picture book ‘Babusjka-boka’, published in Norway by Omnipax January 2019.
I made this one simply because I really like the author!
And this one because I like the strange look of brains.
This cover is for my Master project ‘Words’.
For this one the back side is really important too!
Some images are just fun to make and making images without any puropse is a good way of keeping the job exciting!
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.)