What do you believe makes your work unique?
Perhaps our strength lies in being versatile and being able to create a variety of styles that invoke different moods and atmospheres. We like to think of the folding screens as small theatre backdrops. Each folding screen sets a different scene and can transport you to a place of imagination.
Why did you step into this craft?
Since I was a child, I had a fascination with painted furniture. I used to make little models of clocks with my grandfather who had his own tailor's shop. From my background in art conservation and restoration, I also had a fascination with painted surfaces. The moods that different colours and textures evoke is ultimately what propelled me to look deeper into this craft.
What are your specific skills?
I am a classically trained painter, while my experience on film sets taught me how to quickly create backdrops and faux-painting effects to imitate a great variety of surfaces such as marble, metals and wood. My wife grew up surrounded by folk art and hand painted furniture, so her perception of colour is valuable.
Why did you choose to paint folding screens?
It was actually because of the limited space that I had in my workshop back in Oslo. I had also noticed folding screens in films, but they were difficult to come by, particularly those in the European painting tradition. They can quickly transform a common space into something much more, somewhere beautiful for the imagination.