Textiles | Inger Johanne Rasmussen

I ran across the amazing work of Inger Johanne Rasmussen on a site called Norwegian Crafts.   When asked to reflect on her identity as a Nordic designer, Rasmussen insists she does not identify with Nordic traditions in any real sense.  But she does talk about the intersection of high art and craft in her work, and how this may be the trait that ties Nordic designers together–the tendency to blur boundaries.  She draws on the history of both to create unique hand-embroidered quilts and “pattern pictures.”  Although virtually unknown in the U.S. Rasmussen has been commissioned by some very high places in Europe and Asia.   According to Norwegian Crafts, “Over the past 25 years she has exhibited her uniquely patterned textile pictures in Poland, Sweden, Thailand and Germany, and decorated several Norwegian embassies. Later this month she will present a new work at Collect, an international art fair for contemporary objects held at the Saatchi Gallery in London.”