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The photo shows a piece of floral jewellery from Rie Elise Larsen created specially for this photo series.

September 2023 


Extract from bookazine no. 5
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RIE ELISE LARSEN’s preferred material is Italian crepe paper. She turns it into handmade flower objects, which she sells as decoration for shops, showrooms and restaurants or to private customers. Over the years she has gone from working with design and styling in the commercial craft industry and DIY projects towards embracing a new approach and identity as an artist who creates works of art in paper.

Why paper became her material of choice? It just happened that way, she says, and then corrects herself, because it probably did not happen entirely by chance: paper has always played a role in her family – Rie’s grandmother made crimped roses from tissue paper, and her father made paper cuts.

I like the fact that paper is a democratic material,’ says Rie. ‘You can express yourself in every type of paper, expensive or cheap; even newsprint can be turned into works of art. The value stems from the time and the ideas that went into the piece, not the cost of the raw material. I like that.

Rie’s floral decorations come into the world in intense, rich colours and then fade over time. In that sense, the decoration is not static but keeps changing throughout its lifetime.

RIE ELISE LARSENs foretrukne materiale er italiensk crepepapir, hun håndlaver blomsterobjekter, som hun sælger, dels som udsmykning til butikker, showrooms og restauranter, dels til private kunder. Hun har over en årrække bevæget sig fra at arbejde med design og styling i den kommercielle brugskunstbranche og med DIY-projekter hen imod at forstå sig selv som papirkunstner og sine produkter som værker.

Hvorfor papir er blevet hendes materiale? Det er tilfældigt, siger hun og korrigerer, helt tilfældigt er det nok ikke, der har altid været papir i familien, Ries bedstemor kreppede roser af silkepair, og hendes far klippede i papir.

“Jeg kan godt lide”, siger Rie, “at papir er et demokratisk materiale, man kan udtrykke sig i alle former for papir, dyrt papir og billigt papir, selv avispapir kan omdannes til kunstværker; det er den tid og den tanke, som er bag værket, som skaber værdien, ikke råvarens pris, det kan jeg godt lide.”

Ries blomsterdekorationer fødes i kraftfulde, mættede kulører og falmer med tiden, på den måde er dekorationen ikke statisk, men foranderlig, så længe den eksisterer.

Rie Elise Larsen in her atelier

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