I have been running my own arts and crafts business in Kiruna, Swedish Lapland, since 1996. Wool prints inspired by the Arctic, the design of handcrafted items in reindeer leather and the traditional painting in the Torne Valley style form the basis of my work. You are also welcome to visit our craftshop Ateljénord in Kiruna.
I have my roots in the village of Kitkiöjoki in the north of the Torne Valley (Tornedalen), so I have a soft spot for the Torne Valley style of folk art painting. I gained my knowledge of folk art painting, ancient painting techniques and materials when I was a student of the late Paulus Aili, the conservator. In 2003 I was awarded the Gold Diploma of the Colour Academy in Stockholm for decorative painting, having completed the Academy's advanced training course in decorative painting.
Photo Simon Eliasson
Wool prints and reindeer leather
I work with textile prints, screen print, on wool. The wool prints become both large-scale artworks and décor on my reindeer leather crafts. I often use several colours in a wool print, which gives exciting – sometimes unexpected – colour transitions and effects. The Northern Lights are a recurring theme in my wool prints, both large and small-scale
Photo Örjan Matti
Since I live in Kiruna and was born in northern Torne Valley, it is natural for me to find inspiration in the landscape above the Arctic Circle.
Ateljénord handicraft shop
Next time you are in Kiruna, why not visit our shop, Ateljénord. We are a group of artisans in Kiruna who together run our craftshop Ateljénord . Here you will find collections inspired by the Arctic - from everyday utensils to unique artworks. We work with art and art handicraft using different materials such as wood, gold, silver,ceramics, wool, reindeer leather, wrought iron, watercolours, glass and enamel. In the shop you will always meet one of us artisans.
Lars Janssonsgatan 23 98131 Kiruna, Sweden +46(0) 980 17908 Opening hours Monday to Friday 12 noon – 18:00 Saturday 10:00 - 15:00