The iconic paper heart basket has become a symbol of the holiday season throughout the Nordics. They can be found on Christmas trees and mantles full of candy and other goodies as soon as the annual cold snap. Storyteller and acclaimed papercutter, Hans Christian Anderson is said to be the first to describe the tradition in his tale, The Fir Tree. Today, adults and children alike weave hundreds of thousands of heart baskets each year, as the craft has become one of the most beloved symbols of giving during the holidays.
Minnesota artist, Christopher Sorenson grew up with this tradition, and has taken the technique to a whole new level.
About his work he says:
“Visually, this work has been about exploring old folk techniques of tapestry, weaving, and rosemaling. I love those traditions and my challenge is to reinterpret them into something new and contemporary. Thematically this work is about connection, joining together, unison, and love. It’s about gardens, flowers, fertility and feminine power.”
Sorenson is a Minnesota native, currently living in Duluth. He has a background in Scandinavian Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College. His work is on display in the lower level of Norway House in the Colvet Room throughout the run of Gingerbread Wonderland, until January 6th.
All pieces are for sale through Norway House. Inquire about a price list when you arrive.