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Artist and founder Therese Enger Andersen.
The flowing fabric of Norwegian art Inspired by nature, Norwegian artist Therese Enger Andersen uses a variety of techniques to create colourful, harmonious paintings full of structure. She then turns carefully selected parts of her paintings into posters and handmade artistic scarves from the most natural, warm and exclusive fabrics. Her philosophy? If you do something – do it right. By Eirik Elvevold | Photos: Tom Sigurdsen
Therese Enger Andersen’s company ThereseART offers everyone a piece of the world’s natural beauty. The Norwegian artist’s colourful and abstract paintings are not only on display in galleries and homes, however, but also warmly drape cold, Nordic bodies in the form of elegant scarves. “When I finish a painting, I carefully select the parts that will make the most beautiful scarves. My trusted photographer then shoots the motif and sends the photo to a factory, where it’s turned into handmade scarves in wool, silk and cashmere,” explains Andersen. Since Andersen’s paintings are full of wide strokes and structure, the scarves 50 | Issue 95 | December 2016
come alive in the Norwegian breeze. “People often want to reach out and touch my paintings, and I think the scarves have some of the same depth. My aesthetic, which is both rough and feminine at the same time, comes from a complex set of techniques including paint, ink, spray, pastilles, glue and charcoal. And the trowel is my favourite tool,” she says. Each new piece of art is the result of a conversation between artist and canvas. With unique art as a foundation, ThereseART makes people stand out from the crowd. “My way of painting is actually quite intuitive. I’m looking for ways to find more harmony and peace – just like in life in general. Even though I start out with a plan, I end up somewhere
different,” says Andersen, pointing to the life change which led to her establishing ThereseART last year. “When you’ve worked with the same thing for many, many years, you can come to the point where you ask yourself: is this it? Or is there something more for me in life? Starting ThereseART was definitely a leap of faith, but choosing a life as an artist and entrepreneur kept me from dying inside,” Andersen affirms. When Andersen decides on something, she decides to do it the right way. “I love to think big, and I’m always looking to expand and cooperate with others. Once, Sting’s wife received two of my scarves because of my collaboration with PIL-Branding. Fun moments like that motivate me to put in the extra effort and show that cooperation is a key to success,” she ends. For more information, please visit: www.thereseart.no