Tuesday, August 31, 2010

First day of installing at Hå prestegard

I arrived at Hå prestegard early in the morning yesterday. When I came to the museum they had built the platform the labels will be installed at. The carpenters had done such good work! I used the day to sort the labels while others painted the platform pink - the color they use in Juarez to protest the murders.

Local people in from Hå, Stavanger, Voss have been embroidering at their homes, sending labels back to Hå. A group of Falun Gong practitioner in Stavanger asked me if they also could embroider the names of female Chinese Falun Gong practitioner, tortured and killed for practicing their belief( for more information see http://www.clearharmony.net/). They sent me back some of the names of these women in addition to labels embroidered with the names of the women of Juarez. Although the starting point for this project is the women of Juarez, abuse of women is happening in every country. The labels embroidered with unknown symbolize this, but to have some actual names from another part of the world is also important.

Thank you all for your contribution. And now I have to go back to work - installing.

Best Lise

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Last workshops before exhibition opening held this weekend at Cafe and Gallery Esviken

Last two workshops before the exhibition opening was arranged this weekend at Cafe Esviken in Asker (www.esviken.no). It is such a beautiful old house, built in 1872 and located by the sea. The first owner of the house was renowned for his hospitality. The house today is run with the same sense of generosity by a fantastic woman, Kristin Ellefsen, in the cafe she is serving home baked bread and cakes, vegetables from the garden, and you pay from your heart. Artists are invited to exhibit there, theater plays and other cultural events happens there...and this weekend workshop for Desconocida was there. Yesterday was a slow day with only a few visitors, but today it was great. Some embroidered watching the movie, some brought the embroidery outside to sit in the sun and sew and others brought the label home to work on it there and then mail it to me.

Thank you all.


My second day at Jæren I spent at Hå prestegard, hosting a workshop there. Not many came, but as often with a small group the conversation is better. Thank you for participating.

Best Lise

Embroidery workshop Sola School, Stavanger

Last week I spent two days at Jæren, at the west coast of Norway in preparation for the exhibition opening at Hå gamle prestegard, Sept 4th. A teacher had read a small note in the local newspaper that people were invited to participate in the project. She contacted me and I was able to come and work with the students, 11 - 12 years. They are about the youngest participating in the project, but doing so with an impressive empathy and skills to embroider. I hope they bring their family to the exhibition to see their work. Thank you students and teachers!


Monday, August 23, 2010

New embroidery workshops to be arranged

Dear all,

This week three workshops will be arranged. The first one at Hå gamle Prestegard, Jæren on Wednesday August 25th, from 1 to 3 PM. Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29 workshops will be arranged at Cafe and Gallery Esviken, Asker. Both days from 1 to 3 PM.
The embroidered labels made in these workshops will be included in the upcoming exhibition at Hå gamle prestegard, opening Saturday September 4th.

For more information please see:

I hope to see many!


Best Lise