Studio Visits: Ask Bjørlo

Textile artist Ask Bjørlo talks about the variety of techniques used in his practice and his interest in textile history and mythical creatures

Join a studio visit with textile artist Ask Bjørlo, where he talks about the variety of techniques used in his artistic practice and his interest in textile history and earlier crafts practitioners. Ask also talks about the position that nature holds in his works, both conceptually and materially. In the film, we also learn about his solo exhibition Thread Lightly shown at OSL Contemporary in 2021, and his work ‘Mermen turning on the moon’ featured in the group exhibitions Ode to a Dishrag, Hymn to a Tiger at Kunstnerforbundet and Kunsthall Stavanger, and To Build a Collection at Stavanger Art Museum.

Ask Bjørlo (b. 1992) is a textile artist, currently living and working in Hønefoss, Norway. His practice encompassed a variety of techniques, including weaving, embroidery, seam work, and knitting. Ask actively engages with the textile history, and often works in dialogue with earlier textile traditions and practitioners. For his work, he draws inspiration from nature, mythical creatures, as well as childhood memories. He graduated with an MA in Medium- and Material Based Art at the Art and Craft department at Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2019, after completing studies at renowned textile institutions in Sweden and Japan.

Direction: Norwegian Crafts and Revers Produksjon
Videography and editing: Revers Produksjon
Graphic design: Parabol Studio

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About the Studio Visits film series

Norwegian Crafts is looking at alternative ways to connect artists, duojárat and makers with curators and institutions both in Norway and beyond. Through this film series we invite you into the studios of Norwegian and Norway-based artists, where they generously share from their practice and talk about current and upcoming projects. The series vas launched in January 2021 and the films are available to watch on Vimeo, YouTube and Instagram/IGTV.