Sámi are also known as Lapps or Laplanders, from the Swedish word lapp which means patch. It’s a recognition of the clothing Saami wear, garments made of colourful pieces of cloth. Many consider this a derogatory term, a sort of looking down on poverty, but for myself it fits well. We were raised to utilize everything, find beauty in usefulness, and to make things useful, beautiful. Everything I do is made of bits and pieces, even my paintings which are cut apart, then reassembled to form a whole of a different quality.
Sámi bracelets are crafted of bits and pieces of renskinn and antler. Tenn, a kind of pewter made with silver spun around sinew, is used to embroider designs of timeless tradition - duodji. Bits and pieces that would otherwise be thrown away transform through patience into beauty.
This year in the studio there will be duodji, tradional bracelets, but also my own interpretations of old stories embroidered with Tenn into reindeer skin. From bits and pieces offered by earth comes a series of Ullas, mythical entities with ancient wisdom.