First of all I work with tapestries and textiles. Often, my tapestries are kept in the weavingframe of steel and placed freestanding on the floor when exhibited, this to point out the workprocess and history that lies behind the work. Tapestries have a history of storytelling made up by sequences, such as comics are built up today. Tapestry is also sequentially through the weaving technique, where weft thread goes in one direction and is built sequence by sequence.
For me tapestry is linked to the 1970`s and the fight for equal rights for men and women. This has been important in my choosing of the tapestry as my medium. I love the way I can get several layers of meaning in my works because of this, and also by using the popular culture we are surrounded by as motifs. The fast becomes slow in the tapestry- because of the time it took to build it up.
I try to focus on gender, aftermaths of trauma, and relational balances of power in my works. Now, 2021, I am working on a large project on women in literature, in the voice of some favourite male authors.
At Tøyen Deichman, I did this workshop in weaving, for children, in cartoonlike colors and shapes:
SKRIBENT/ LYRICS/ helpful LYRICS
I got my first book to write in from my grandma Randi when I was nine. I wrote and drew my whole youth through. Somewhere on the road from there I became a secret writer. The place I was this, a gerilja-writer, was in Trøndelag where I grew up. My family moved there when I was five years old, we lived for many years with this: a pottery. I made small busts of clay, loved to sew, draw faces, and wrote alot- also letters around the world:). This place where I grew up was surrounded by sea, open fields, and open doors.
So I have been writing under pseudonyms/alters or anonymously from I was very young. On the two photoes above: I have them here because I want to show I wrote with love for places and the people in them.
From I was thirteen I have had a passion for music and songlyrics. There too I have had my secret ways of bringing them to life. Six-teen was my age the first time my lyrics were in use. Back then being creative was something mostly embraced.
I still write. My texts vary from song/poplyrics and scripts to textcollages. I include my lyrics in my artproject. Some of my writings and thoughts are published on this website under lyrics, as this page was my online publishing-project: u.t.t.e.r.a.n.c.e.s : e.g my short texts, pamflets and lyrics on life events and aftermaths. This year, 2022, I still write poems, but I dont publish them often- and I dont want them be in use, but I would if you let me be with my name in your project.
I am also teaching weaving, sewing, making and re-use of textiles. Since 2018 I have worked as a teacher in workshops for youth and children alongside my own projects. Future friendly teaching is with a thought to environment, and social change.
Please see these videos in re-use of curtains and table cloths, and redesign of jeans, that was made for Relove by me and my colleague:
Make a Maiflower this spring! In this Maiflower below that I made for Relove, I didnt buy anything- its made of torn or used clothes and textiles.
One of my projects this day 2023 is weavings of, often appropriated from pop-culture, linked to care, and the couple, as a theme. I make use of spelsau-wool, thicker wool as angora and mohair, and I also do my best to use more worn out clothes and textiles in my works- for the climate.
Alongside this I write lyrics with thought on future songs, and I write prosa. I have finished several projects on pamflets, written by me on muses & music, and with references to music, in 2015- 2016. My pamflets were published here on my website for several years. I lost much of my material, as written lyrics and ideas when I was young(1993 and 1999), and this happened again some years ago(2014). Stressful as this is, I try my best to carry on with my projects. Several of my pamfleths became a harselas/satire on this: thinking on where my lyrics could have gone.
Three poems on Care/ Omsorg i å lære bort:
du kan lage grillspyd,
jeg gir deg kniv og tre,
se dette er du,
hånd og rørelse,
sinn og varme,
en til deg, til deg og til deg.
til deg ei bok,
å skrive i,
og skrår det ut,
ut av linja der,
så gjør det ingenting,
det er ikke margen
som er viktig her.
det var det jeg visste,
om dere to,
det er bare en symaskin,
men så bestemte du farten,
mens moren din så stresset ut,
til veska var ferdig,
og du hadde stjerner i.
-Disse diktene skrev jeg 29.04.2019,
©Tonje Høydahl Sørli
ON BIRDS AND ANIMALS
Over several years I have worked with the horror of the unexpected as a theme in tapestry.
In an extension of this, I have tried out to weave small and large birds and animals, and thought of them as a place where children potentially could try out their own stories about being little /big/ in or without power
I have also been working on the comic-novel-project Immersed in Another World. It received funding from Kunstløftet.
fra noen av online-verkstedene jeg gjorde under pandemien -for Relove. Datteren min var med i disse prosjektene, som ett barn syprosjektene var til.
^From Her point of View/