OMG! I am still breathless, when I think of last week. I WAS IN NORWAY VISITING BIBI LINDAHL OF RUBBER DANCE!!!
Many times we talked of how nice it would be coming together and we were making plans and dreamed. After many dreams my desire became stronger than my laziness and I bought myself a ticket and took off. To Norway, where I wanted to go to for so many years! Now I did it and I really felt a dream come true. I am in contact with Bibi Lindahl for some time and got to know her quite well, but meeting in person is something else for sure. Being a designer for her Rubber Dance stamps gave it an extra interest to see the place where she creates all these lovely things.
We decided to make a spread for WOYWW and also show a shot of us in the studio (hm, we both don´t like to be photographed). You can easily see, that we were busy during my visit! Ulla, Bibi´s darling poodle was always a nice companion.
Bibi is such a cheerful woman, we did have a lot of fun. But we also created some interesting things. Norway is famous for its many, many rock carving sites – I think there are more than 10.000!!! Here is some info from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rock_carvings_in_Norway
I always loved these prehistorical forms, figures and runes and liked to incorporate them into my paintings. You can imagine how happy I was, that Bibi wanted to show me a rock carving site near her town, called Begby. So we met with her friend Minna and Minna´s daughter Linn, who was taking some of the photos. Come on a walk with me to explore these wonderful carvings on a lovely sunny day!
I found some pages in the net about rock carvings in Norway, the best one is in German, sorry. But I am sure, now that you know it, you can find some yourself.
But the biggest surprise was that Rubber Dance has a sheet of stamps showing the rock carvings! How cool is that!!!! Of course we had to make a spread with just that and also use the stamp leaves, because there were many autumn leaves on the rocks and it went together so well. Here you can see the Rubber Dance – Art-a-tag cooperation!
Don´t these leaves look just real? They are stamped on mono printed delicate paper and cut out. I looove this page. The background is created with acrylics and as stamping on that corrugated cardboard is not easy, Bibi stamped the carving images on rock photos.
These stamps are so unique, I cannot wait to create some art with it. Bibi made some wonderful wrapping paper and a tag.
The paper looks like a rock surface itself – loooove it Bibi!! And what I love even more is the work, that is ahead of me:
That is the advantage of being a designer, but it also means tons of lovely creative work – maybe call it playtime, that sounds like less sweat. Anyway, looking at that pile of stamps, you will be sure seeing a lot of new super cool artwork with Rubber Dance stamps in the future. First I have to organize them…………………
One thing I now know for sure – my stampers heaven is in Norway!!
See you soon!
Oh! I almost forgot (how could I!) I must go back to Norway! Ulla is waiting…….