SILJA LEVIN (born in Mehamn, Norway, 1975)
Educated as basketmaker in 2011.
Owner of Skovstuen Pil since 2005 – small buisness selling baskets, willow and many other materials for basketmaking, willow to plant in gardens and tools for basketry.
Founder of Kurvmakerskolen (Norway) together with her husband in 2016.
Teaches basketmaking in general and today she has 2 apprentices.
O Storm Sørensens Broncestøberi, Støvring, Denmark – Kunstudstilling, november 2017
Identitet- “idé i tet” Kunstbanken Hamar – juni – august 2016.
Galleri 8 Holmestrand, Norge – Billedkunst og kunsthåndverk. 21. november – 20. desember 2015.
Kvinner i sagatid – Lyngheisenteret, Norge – Utstilling av kunsthåndverk og relaterte uttrykk omkring temaet Norrøn kulturarv. 19. juni – 9 august 2015.
Nordlys over St. Brøndum, Danmark – Mytologisk kunstudstilling. September 2012.
Korg – Funktionell form från en hel vårld – Landskrona Museum, Sverige 6. maj – 4. november 2012.
Diploma for genuine handcraft by Norsk Husflidslag 2016 and 2017.
3rd place in the contest “identitet – Ide i tet” 2017.
Voksenopplæringsgforbundet – Reisestipend 2017.
National Basketry Organization – 2017 Conference Scholarship Grant.
1993 – Introduction to cabinetmaker.
1994 – Voss Folkehøgskule – Arts & Crafts.
1995 – VK 1 Norwegian Kunsthåndverkskule.
2002 – 2005 – Gjennestad Gardener School.
2008 – 2011 – Basket Maker apprentice. Graduated “very well”.
Workshops and courses I have attended from 2005 till now:
Steen Madsen (DK) – My master through 3 years of apprenticeship.
Marie Skinbjerg (DK) – Chair-seating with rattan and seagrass.
Anne Mette Hjørnholm (DK) – Bendwoodchairs and Frameworkbaskets
Tenja Skotte (DK) – Small bags in Reed.
Ane Lyngsgård (DK) – Asymetric baskets, Bags with rubber and other material, traditional basketweaving with the focus on shapes and Basket with Bark.
Peeta Tenay (USA) – Reed Baskets.
Bent Vinkler (DK) – Open french baskets.
Marianne Mortensen (DK) – Basket with Bark.
Eva Seidenfaden (DK) – Perigord baskets and Burkina Faso (spiral) weaving technique.
Esme Hoffman( NL) – Fein Skeinwork in willow.
Carlos Fontales (ES) – Traditional Spanish weaving with planed material.
Joe Hogan (IE) – Traditional baskets from Ireland
Luis Waipole (UK) – Traditional baskets from England, with modern and recycling material.
Corentin Laval og Karen Gossart (FR) – Perigord baskets and sculptural baskets in same technique.
Serena De La Hay (UK) – Big willow Sculptures
Anelma Savolainen (FI) – Lace with straw and bark for baskets.
Felicity Irons (UK) – Traditional weaving with reeds/canes.
Rainer Groth (DE) – German Square Baskets
Gunter Mix (DE) – Bending of manilla and crafting of manilla furniture with seat of reed and seagrass/danish paper.
Jette Mellgren (DK) – Traditional Ugandan weaving technique.
Samson Øvstebø (NO) – Traditional norwegian kipe, basket with planed material.
Mai Hvid Jørgensen (DK) – Traditional basket weaving.
Anne Folehave (DK) – Traditional basket weaving.