Artist Statement

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Katriina Flensburg , Textile-/Fiber Artist

 

Katriina Flensburg is a Swedish-Finnish textile artist living in Uppsala, Sweden. She earned her university degree in education and human resource development at the University of Uppsala. Her pioneering and long career in the field of art quilts has established her in the position of Sweden´s internationally most exhibited artist within her field of art. Katriina´s work has been presented in invitational and juried exhibitions besides Scandinavia, in Austria, Holland, France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, USA and Japan. She is featured in books, magazines and catalogues in and outside Europe.

After having studied various expressions of quilting during a 2-year stay in Berkeley California Katriina returned to Sweden for more textile studies at the Uppsala University. She eventually shared her knowledge and skills in an educational book titled “American Quilting, From Bedcover to Wall Art”. Katriina was a founder member and the first president of the Swedish quilters´ guild. She left her guild engagement in favor to her artistic career but has continued her educational contributions through her business “Quilt Academy of Sweden”.

About her creative process Katriina says: “I enjoy the design-part of the process most. Modern architecture has always been a major source of inspiration. I would like to characterize my expression as minimalism with a touch of monumentality. Seasonal changes have a strong impact on my creative moods and the outcome. My working approach is mainly improvisational often starting from a single color or a piece of material. In my early work I relied mainly on modern Scandinavian interior fabrics but I have enriched my base since applying various methods of textile surface design.”

Katriina is member of Swedish Artists´ Union (KRO/KIF), Professional artists´ association of Uppsala, Sweden (Uppsala konstnärsklubb), Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), Surface Design Association (SDA), European Textile Network (ETN) and Nordic Textile Art (NTA).

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