Ingjerd Monsen Hjelmeland

  Knitting, isn't that something people have been doing since the days when Eve spun and Adam plowed? No, the art of knitting is not as old as one may think. The craft was developed in the Middle East sometime around year 1000 and arrived in Norway about five hundred years later. The first clothes were imported. But the art of knitting spread and became a natural part of everyday life in most households. It is this tradition Ingjerd Monsen Hjelmeland passes on. In her work she employs a knitting machine and modern technology. She passes on a tradition in the sense that she has 
developed her own working method. It is time-consuming and complicated, but nevertheless necessary to achieve the effects she wants. 
Penelope, Ulysses' queen, spent the whole day weaving. In the 
evening she undid the entire weft. Even if Ingjerd is knitting instead of weaving, she cannot resist undoing her work. Having barely finished knitting a cloth and dyed it with the desired colour, she unravels all the stitches. Then she has to rewind the knitted thread before knitting it once again. But unlike Penelope who never finished her web, Ingjerd does finish her projects. Not all of us have to follow the demand of the day: " the faster the better, the more the merrier". Why not spend time. Spend the time it takes to make exactly what one wants. Spend the time it takes to bring out the colours of the thread. Those ending up as a living play of light in the finished clothing. Time-consume adds to the quality. Because the one who spends time, offers beauty and joy. In this respect the craftsman belongs to a larger tradition. The surplus is yours to exchange in beauty and joy. 

Fridtjov Urdal



sist oppdatert 19.10.2007