A Place for Stories

A Place for Stories

Rug Art for Schools

Volver has produced a two-part round hand-tufted carpet for The Norwegian Cultural School "A place for stories" for The Buskerud Art Center.

In the exhibition “A Place for Stories”, students get to know the artistry of Laila Mari Brandsfjell and Ida Helene Benonisen. Laila experiments at the intersection between duodji/traditional Sami craftsmanship and design, and has made a large carpet for the exhibition.

The carpet is round, colorful and inspired by lavvo as an important gathering place for family and friends. In her art, she is concerned with shared memories and stories that bind us together.

Ida is an active slam poet with great community involvement. Being both Sami and queer characterizes who she is in the world and thus her lyrics.

Her poetry contains both the everyday and the hurtful, but also the grand and systematic. In “A Place for Stories”, she will perform a few poems and hold a mud poetry workshop with the students.

Volver worked closely with the Sami artist Laila Mari Brandsfjell to transfer her artwork and the idea of ​​lavvo onto the carpet. The rug is hand tufted in NZ wool in gradient strong colors. The inner circle symbolizes the campfire, where the narrator will stand.

The outer circle provides seating for the students. 

Photo: Marie Sjøvold / Buskerud Art Center

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