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me1Welcome to the gallery of my Inner World.

The Inner World is the Soul bordering on a larger Soul which is commonly called the Anima Mundi, the Otherworld. My creativity is a tribute to the eyes that blink in the heart of every smallest thing, the flowing dreams whose pulse tries to reach to us in our most meditative state. I am a French self-taught artist, and these past seventeen years I have made Norway my home. Moving to the Lofoten islands was the greatest present I ever made to myself and the Arctic landscapes are indeed a true treat for any artist’s eyes. I live with my British soulmate, my sweet Papillon girls, Lucy and Pixie and the spirit of my border collie, Loki.

My paintings, I guess, are atmospheric fairy tales. I start each of them with only the feel of the atmosphere I want to reproduce to lead me. Throughout the painting process, there is a deep interaction ongoing with the unconscious and each painting requires deep concentration in order to remain open to any suggestion coming from the unconscious. When creativity flows, there is no blank, only the urgency to catch all these shimmering treasures which are a gift from the deeper Self.

Faerie Worlds are by far my favourite muse. I can never paint enough all the mysteries they contain. Where Nature blends with Soul, there cannot be rigidity and photographic precision, only movement and a glimpse of a rainbow. It is known that faeries can only be seen from the corner of one’s eye, and so it is with my paintings, somehow incomplete, leaving space for the imagination…

Kundry Land, February 2013

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Preparing for my second weaving project. The baskets are filling up with different kind of yarns and it starts to look like I’m aiming at world domination. I love having all these possibilities. But let me tell you: this is an expensive hobby. You’d think it’d be cheaper to make your own fabric but most of the time, it is quite the contrary. My first project cost me 25 euros worth  of yarn. I’m going to be dressed like a queen, no less. I went to buy some yarn for my warp this morning and was amused to see the ladies in the shop were discreetly trying to eye my shawl. So, it will be mostly teal with small stripes of orange and moss green for my warp (on the right of the picture), all made of wool and alpaca and for the weft a mix of things with 75% wool. I made sure this time there wouldn’t be any difference in shrinkage, or at least not enough to matter:

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I think it will be fairly warm.

Meanwhile Lucy and Pixie are playing on the daybed.

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Yo, girls!

First Woven Fabric on my Rigid Heddle Loom

It didn’t take long to make, perhaps 7 hours. It’s 80 cm by 130 cm and I used different kind of yarns, different materials, elasticity and thickness. This is why it turned out … bulgy. Lucy still likes it, but I wouldn’t leave it in her care for too long. I’m not sure how to proceed for my next weaving, how to incorporate different yarns with different tensions. And I can’t seem to find information about this. I guess I’ll have to experiment and tread carefully. The fabric is really pleasant to the touch, very soft and warm.

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