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A Discussion of Innovation: Norwegian Tapestry Artist Frida Hansen

  • Norway House 913 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis (map)

Join textile artist Robbie LaFleur for a lecture on the life and work of the innovative Norwegian tapestry artist Frida Hansen. Tickets are $5 general admission and free for members - click the button below that applies to you!

LaFleur spent the month of May in Norway on a fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation. She studied the weaving of Hansen, whose work captured flowers, enigmatic women, trees, and mermaids in flowing Art Nouveau style.

“In addition to monumental tapestries, Hansen designed transparencies—curtains and hangings with wool warp and weft. In her signature technique she left open, unwoven areas in the weaving, making the textiles flowing and flexible. Her striking designs were enhanced by the play of light and dark with the open warps,” LaFleur said.

LaFleur studied weaving at Valdres Husflidsskole in Fagernes, Norway, and with Scandinavian instructors at workshops in Norway and the U.S. She coordinates the Weavers Guild of Minnesota Scandinavian Weavers Study Group and publishes the quarterly Norwegian Textile Letter.


A committee of textile experts, including Robbie LaFleur, is accepting submissions for an exhibit to be held in the Norway House Gallery in 2020. Look into participating in “The Baldishol: A Medieval Norwegian tapestry inspires contemporary textiles” exhibit or learn more about the show at the HERE.