I was born in Longyearbyen at Spitsbergen and lived there some years during my childhood, but have lived mostly in Oslo. My work revolves around the links between textile history, architecture, archeology, cultural and natural history. Oslo is also a quite extraordinary capital in many ways. First of all it’s a seaside town, but at the same time, there are no roads or houses between my house and the enormous forests that lie east of Oslo. The places I have lived, have influenced me. The artwork Røykstue (Cottage with Smoke in) is inspired by the culture in the big forests, spreading across much of the Scandinavian peninsula. In my more recent exhibitions, I have been inspired by more urban motives from my surroundings.