I am fortunate to have both an enriching friendship and an inspiring, sculptural collaboration with the talented blacksmith and multi-artist Arek.G (fb: Arek.G-art). He has his smithy and drawing studio in the old Cellulose factory in Skotselv (where I also have my atelier) and is the main artist in Skotselv Sculpturepark.
Kongsberg's most beautiful and life-affirming photographer and graphic designer Silje Holter ( www.siljeholter.no ) in Studio S has photos, design and layout on most of my marketing materials. Her uncompromising quality control and invaluable loyal support are crucial to my art. I am very proud to be able to offer her photograpic art of my sculptures.
ØVRE EIKER MUNICIPALITY AND GRENDEUTVALGET IN SKOTSELV
Øvre Eiker Municipality and the local Grendeutvalget in Skotselv are faithful and generous sponsors of an art center in Skotselv where in 2008 I was invited to set up my workshop. Together, they have made investments that has enabeled the old Cellulose factory to become a good workplace for me and other artists and craftsmen. On behalf of all of us all: Thank you very much for your willingness to invest in art and to give us opportunities for production and presentation.
Webdesigner Vegard Settli has helped me to build my website ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). His understanding and friendly help with computer-generated stumbling blocks and insanely crazy humor is absolutely priceless and highly valued.
HANNE SØNNEVE WIGEN
Hanne is a musician and zen coach (fb-Den magiske Kvisten) and our musical collaboration is incredibly educational and inspiring. I experience Hanne as a free, feminine, meaningful and barefoot wandering source of power that leaves me heard and seen. She is able to find balance and calm and infects me with her beautiful grounding and belief that our spontaneous musicality and real present moments are what have value.
Sonja has been a performing musician and music teacher for most of her life and when she seriously turned to folk music, we met over Kraviklyra and Kveding/traditional singing. She invited me to set up my workshop in Skotselv and since then my life has become richer when we have taken part in each other's creative and joyful artistic and musical life.
Life would be poor without my generous cheering friends and family. My people - are those I stumbled upon on the road who were surprising jewels and those who stood there from the beginning - steady and steadfast when there was no fun at all.
Old friends are the bedrock of my life.
It is also an invaluable life lesson in having a shady, radiant, humorus and loving family. Who is always there and who has learned the value of not giving up until one has finished talking.
I am so lucky!
THANK YOU - I love you all <3