Textile Artist Kirsten Aune

Textile Artist Kirsten Aune


I like for people to
be encompassed in it, to walk up and feel like they
really are in that environment, in that piece. So my stuff is not
intimate and little. It’s kind of big. Well, we support each other. It feels good. I mean, it’s what I do. It helps create the
culture of this city where, and there’s a lot of it. My name is Kirsten Aune. I’m an artist, a textile artist. And I live in Duluth, Minnesota. I noticed that you’re
using a lot of these– Well, it takes a lot of work. It takes a lot of work. It takes a lot of grant writing. It takes connections of
knowing people here and there. Support, I have really
great family support. My sister’s amazing. She really supports me. It just reminds
me, the simplicity and the geometry of Finland
and the modern shape, shapes it makes. And this would probably come
up a little bit, pretty. Nature is pretty symmetrical. There’s patterns in a way,
leaves, mirror images. I’m doing that show
at the Nordic Center. And it’s inspirations
from our trip to Finland. So I have to do a piece also
with big flowers because of Marimekko. And I’ve done other
flower pieces in the past. Even though most of
my work is geometric, it’s fun to do some flowers. OK, here we go again. I wanted kind of violets
and greens and black. And I always love orange. It’s fun. Hey, here we go. People love patterns. I love patterns. So I’ll put some
more black in here. Maybe, yeah, I think I’m
going to do a big black here. I was going to do one of
just circles inside circles with triangles and just have
a whole black and white. And I’m still
intending to do that. But right when I have, I start
working, before I know it, I’m throwing in other
colors and patterns I wasn’t even meaning to do. [laughing] I used to call it
a kind of a visual Tourette’s. I like for everything So when you’re looking
at it, it’s like, oh. It kind of visually repeats
and makes visual sense I want to get back
into lampshades and pillows and things for
the house, furnishings, and clothes. This one is actually, the
black is screen printed. This is red-wing blackbird. And the wings and the eyes and
the beak, I all hand stenciled. So I’d have to make
a bunch of stencils. I do this wing, this
wing, this wing, this wing on my big
table over there, then come back with
the other wing. It took a while. Because I don’t have a system
for really lining up colors yet with repeats. And these are more,
they all, these go with the wall hangings,
some quilts that I made. So they were hung up. So there’s kind of
a visual dance going on with people
wearing their clothes and the quilt and kind
of make an environment. And then my fish. Well, it’s definitely
a Scandinavian feeling, which is something that
we’re really interested in. Clean lines, really clean
everything, but with pops of color or design. KIRSTEN AUNE: People
love it, yeah. People are always coming up. And then they’re
like, you did it? I think the atmosphere and
the decor of the restaurant really plays into service
and our interactions with our customers. Because it gives you
so many talking points. When people come in,
right off the bat, they want to know all about
this piece or that piece. We think it contributed
to a really unique space and a really
beautiful one and one that has really strong
connections to our community. KIRSTEN AUNE: It
makes a strong city, a strong country, strong people
to have that connection to art. [crowd chattering]

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