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Ingrid Larssen

Ingrid Larssen Fabric sculptor
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Norwegian, English
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Making art under the northern lights

  • • Ingrid experiments with the needlework technique of smocking
  • • Smocking means stitching material in a honeycomb pattern
  • • She tries to tell stories through her work

Ingrid Larssen grew up in northern Norway on a small island with only 8,000 inhabitants. Like most girls back then, she learned to knit and sew from her mother. Her first experience with smocking was at an afternoon workshop for children, where she fell in love with needlework. At the age of 18 she moved to Oslo, where she studied metalwork at the National Academy of Arts and Craft. “It was in the 1980s, when wearable art was fashionable. I made jewellery in different kinds of materials such as wood, acrylic glass, bamboo, feathers, metal, horse hair, textiles and so on. I made large collars in smocking on silk. That’s when I began to experiment with this technique.”

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Works

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Strain

This piece of smocked white silk featured in Ingrid’s 2011 PELAGIAL collection. The folds were created by pleating and stitching the silk together. The work was inspired by recollections of the natural environment in Ingrid’s native Vesterålen, in northern Norway.

Height 35 cm
Length 20 cm

Ingrid Larssen Fabric sculptor
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Thalamophora

This piece of smocked ochre brown silk featured in Ingrid’s 2011 PELAGIAL collection, which was inspired by recollections of the natural environment in her native Vesterålen, in northern Norway. Marine life, in particular, provided ideas for shapes, colours and textures. The folds were created by pleating and stitching the silk together.

Height 25 cm
Length 40 cm

Ingrid Larssen Fabric sculptor
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Ctenophorae

This piece of smocked green silk featured in Ingrid’s 2011 PELAGIAL collection. Marine life in her native Vesterålen, in northern Norway, was a key inspiration for this series. Some shapes resemble jellyfish, while others look like sea anemones or sea cucumbers. The folds were created by pleating and stitching the silk together.

Height 45 cm
Length 40 cm

Ingrid Larssen Fabric sculptor
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Discomeduse

This piece of smocked blue-white silk featured in Ingrid’s 2011 PELAGIAL collection. Marine life in her native Vesterålen, in northern Norway, was a key inspiration for this series. Some shapes resemble jellyfish, while others look like sea anemones or sea cucumbers. The folds were created by pleating and stitching the silk together.

Height 30 cm
Length 30 cm

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Teleostei

Life beneath the surface of the sea was the inspiration for the shapes, colours and textures in this series of works created for Ingrid’s 2011 PELAGIAL collection. Some resemble jellyfish with long tentacles, while others look like sea anemones or sea cucumbers, resting at the bottom of the ocean.

Height 30 cm
Length 40 cm

Ingrid Larssen Fabric sculptor

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