She has custom made art by appointment for the Royal Family of Norway and spent years of her
life in the metropolis San Fransisco and Rio de Janeiro. But no matter how many miles from home, textile artist Benita Tornholm always long back to what inspires her the most - the Norwegian nature.
With a sewing machine, colourful fabrics and creative stitching Tornholm creates what she describes as “textile paintings”.
The motives are her impressions of the Norwegian nature and architecture - always with a humorous and naive undertone with an aim to make people smile.
“My wish is that my pictures get people in a good mood. I wish for my work to be a contrast to all the sad and painful things happening in the world,” says Tornholm.
Art in the blood Creativity is in Tornholm's blood and her career started already when she as a little girl got
a sewing machine and started to make her own clothes. “My mother, Thornhild Augersen, is a landscape oil painter, and her father did the same. I choose to express myself in a different manner, with textile, a scissor and a sewing machine,” she
Tornholm is educated as a teacher, but after working for 13 years
in the school system, she choose to take a leap and focus on her lifelong passions: textile and art full time. “I haven’t regretted that decision for a second,” she says.
Tornholms pictures are created with a blend of textiles, paint and stitches.
“Through 30 years, I have developed a personal technique.
That technique is what leaves a unique mark on my work,” she explains.