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LaFleur Gives Presentation at Vesterheim about Norwegian Tapestry Artist Frida Hansen

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Join textile artist Robbie LaFleur at Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, for a lecture on the life and work of the innovative Norwegian tapestry artist Frida Hansen.

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7:00 P.M.

Vesterheim Museum Amdal-Odland Center
520 West Water
Decorah, IA 52101

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            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 is in Decorah to teach the class “Billedvev (Picture Weaving)—Norwegian Tapestry Techniques” at Vesterheim Folk Art School. She 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.

            Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, in scenic Decorah, Iowa, showcases the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts, and explores the American immigrant experience. This national treasure includes world-class exhibitions and 12 historic buildings. It is also a center for folk-art education, offering a wide variety of classes in authentic Norwegian folk art every year. For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379