Brita Been is a Norwegian textile artist that designs and weaves beautiful, patterned tapestry woven fabrics for the wall or for the floor.
I want in any case my woven textiles to give another dimention, beyond the obvious function. They should have their own expression, take their place and be both insistent and dominant. They should be art on the wall or art on the floor.
Pattern is for me the constant source of inspiration and forms the basis for my compositions. Patterns’ integral structure gives me the possibility to create and work within an expression I wish my textiles to have, and that suit the chosen technique and material.
A beautiful exhibit was mounted in Norway (so far away!!!) featuring her amazing tapestries. The featured image of this blog post comes from the series Arvestykker.
It began when Brita was given a commission to decorate the Bø Hospital retirement home. She wanted the tapestries to give both residents and visitors a sense of belonging and recognition. Therefore, she took as her point of reference Telemark’s strong folk costume culture. It has, of course, been known for a long time that the most beautiful costumes of all come from there.
Tapestry weaving is slow, precise work! I have woven in that style myself a time or two, and I have enormous appreciation for the history and tradition of tapestry textiles. Brita’s work is just beautiful! Take some time to check out the links in this post to read more about her and the Norwegian exhibit. You might also like to check out the Norwegian Textile Letter that is published digitally February, May, August, and November of each year. Sign up to receive email notification of their publication.