My name is Karin and I work mainly in the field of illustration, graphic narration and drawing. The time at Villa Villekulla passed by so quickly (sad) and a lot has happened during my stay (nice). Clara and I shared a studio space in Chez Monique, the former shop on the ground floor which was perfect for working together yet a little apart since it consists of two connected rooms. At the beginning of our stay I was a little hold back because I had my hand stitched due to an injury just days before I came to Villa Villekulla. I was a little sad: my plan was to do a lot of pottery during my stay but had to wait for two weeks until I was allowed to dig into the clay. I did however manage to throw some cups which then later failed me humorously during the second firing (to be fair I must confess that I am the one who failed the cups not vice versa):
On the upside: They are all watertight so maybe they’ll serve me for some form of beverage in the near future!
Today I finished the last of 15 booklets I’ve added to my Almanach during my stay at the Villa. I’ve been working in these artists books since 2013 and I use them mainly to work freely and without goal or too much thinking. I try to avoid rules and sometimes succeed in it. For me, the pages of the books serve both as ground for conflict and dialogue. To hold the books together, I sometimes like to add a slipcase so I sewed one out of some spare canvas I had lying around.
I very much enjoyed being able to draw whatever came into my mind. I have some loose ends that I bring back home with me (for example a very big cow which I couldn’t finish. Once I am finished, I will let you know!).
Until then, I hope to see you again dear Villa Villekulla, dear Eva, Ida, Salome and Clara! It was so nice meeting you, cooking and drawing with you. Thank you Iris, Nicolas and Selina for letting me stay at the beautiful place you’ve created.