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ONLINE: Tradition for Inspiration—A Contemporary Interpretation of Traditional Folk Art with Artist Siri Bergløff Berrefjord

May 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

bunadsplastJoin celebrated artist Siri Bergløff Berrefjord, author and mother of the artform bunadsplast, as she and Vesterheim Collections Manager Jennifer Kovarik discuss her journey of examining and questioning the traditions of Norwegian jewelry and textiles and reimagining them for the modern world.

Norwegian cultural heritage has been defined by centuries of tradition and is made visible in the crafting and wearing of bunader and søljer. Today, there is growing interest in applying modern materials and techniques to traditional artforms, combining both the past and the present into new and innovative jewelry and clothing. This exclusive Vesterheim conversation with Siri will surely inspire!

Enrollment Deadline: May 6, 2021 | Register here for free on Zoom

About the Instructor: Siri Bergløff Berrefjord was born in Oslo and grew up in a small, remote community called Hurdal. At the age of 20, Siri started work for antique firms in Norway. Over the next 15 years, she photographed thousands of beautiful objects and learned about Norwegian cultural heritage through firsthand experience. Siri is the mother of bunadsplast, a fusion of different techniques, expressions, and materials. Both the word and the jewelry are a kind of “culture clash” – the traditional bunad (Norwegian traditional costume) merges with the modern and sustainable material of plastic in a colorful and playful jewelry that can be worn for special occasions, everyday use, or simply to show one’s love of Norwegian cultural heritage.


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