Meet The Instructors
Robin B Carlson
Acknowledged Norwegian folk artist and folk lorist by North Dakota Council of the Arts. Artist-in-residence selected as 1 of 20 chosen artists to display tapestries at the new Sanford Hospital / Health Center in Fargo. Award-winning tapestry from the Hjemkomst Center in Fargo-Moorehead. Story tell of Norwegian folklore in many events. Documented as a practitioner by the Smithsonian Museum. Reenactor portraying a weaver and spinner in the Fur Trade Era at the ND State Fair.
There is not a blank piece of wood in my house. From a 90 year old pair of skis to spoons, kuksas, bowls and plates etc. I decorate them all with kolrosing. Newly retired from my position running the folk art school at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, which has been holding classes in the traditional Norwegian and Scandinavian folk arts for over 50 years, I have gained so much knowledge in many Scandinavian folk arts but my absolute favorite is kolrosing or insizing on wood. Give me a wooden object and I will kolrose it.
Darlene is an avid kolroser and has carved with several recognized Scandinavian carvers such as Kare Herfindal, Voss Norway and Leif Ottar Flaten, Dragedal, Norway along with Americans Judy Ritger and Hostfest University Instructor Harley Refsal. She has taught several kolrosing classes at Vesterheim Museum throughout the years and this is her second year of teaching Kolrosing at Høstfest University. Planning and leading five Vesterheim folk art study tours throughout Norway and Sweden gives her the opportunity to share many time honored photo examples of artifacts decorated with kolrosing. She is also an instructor in traditional Norwegian immigrant foods. Maybe you will be able to use your newly decorated spoon before you leave class! She looks forward to sharing and passing on this centuries old craft.