Event The Drawing Triennial 2023

National Museum: Family Sunday - Make your own sketchbook

November 19, 2023


November 19, 2023

In connection with the exhibition "Mitt liv! My choice?", the National Museum welcomes you to a bookbinding course with artist Marie Sjøvold.  

Location: Nasjonalmuseet (workshop A on the 2nd floor)
Date: November 19



The workshop is best suited for everyone over the age of six, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Children are admitted free of charge, but adults must have a valid ticket to the National Museum.

Meet in workshop A on the 2nd floor, access via room 86. Limited number of seats.


About the workshop

In the workshop you will have the opportunity to learn Japanese bookbinding where you sew together your own sketchbook through the four-hole method, called Yotsume Toji. You choose the format, number of pages you want and design your own cover. You can then use the book to draw or write in.

About the workshop holder

Visual artist Marie Sjøvold is a trained photographer. She uses the camera to investigate the boundaries of consciousness, human behavior, relationships and transitional phases. Sjøvold has exhibited in galleries, museums and photo festivals around the world and has extensive experience working with books through her practice. She has published the books Dust Catches Light (2011), Midnight Milk (2015) and How Much Silence Can You Take? (2022). Sjøvold says: "Japanese bookbinding has been a binding method I have often turned to with my own books. I enjoy binding them with my own hands before sending them out into the world."

About the exhibition

The exhibition "My life! My choice?" shows a selection of Erik Werenskiold's drawings for Jonas Lee's novel The Family at Gilje (1883) together with new works by contemporary artists Hanne Lydia Opøien Figenschou and Gelawesh Waledkhani. In the exhibition you can also see Werenskiold's own copy of the book The Family at Gilje, where he drew his first ideas for the illustrated edition directly in the pages of the book.

Read more about the exhibition here My life! My choice - The National Museum.

Image: Marie Sjøvold (section of photo)
Photo: Ludvig Friberg

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