When in the early 1970s Silba-Áilu (Aslak Siri) of Guovdageaidnu, just completed his apprenticeship, and starting as an independent silver smith, (the first Sámi as such that I know about, at least), he asked me to make some designs that he could use. 

So I sat down and sketched, and developed the now well know "family symbol" of mine, based on Sámi drum figures (basically a development of the Bieggolmmái figure), it struck a cord within him. It has later been wrongly taken for an original ancient symbol, and I can't help but take some pride in that fact. However, Silba-Áilo took one of the pre-versions and made into a brooch, one single item, I believe, and the only person I know has one is my colleague Trygve Lund Guttormsen of Máze. 

My latest design was to make the logo for NANA, International Festival of Indigenous People (Romsa, 1997-2004) as a pendant. One silver version was given Buffy Sainte Marie as she had a concert here in October 2000. Later I had one made in gold on titanium, made, like the silver version, by Anu Forselius of Unjárga. Should I continue this branch?

If any of you are interested in owning one of these, please contact me, and we might work something out…

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Ann-Kristin Mikalsen | Svar 11.10.2011 17.54

Mye vakker kunst! Likte spesielt godt tresnitt bildene :)

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18.05 | 01:16


I am an American student traveling to Norway for my research project about depression among the Sami. I would like to interview you. Please contact me.

26.04 | 13:13

Hei! Er det mulig å få kjøpt kartene over Finnmark og Alta?

09.04 | 21:39

Hei, takk for svar. Så fint du fant et eks. Du kan gjerne sende meg den til Cobien Claringbould, Johnny Peviksveg 44, 7022 Trondheim. Send meg betalingsinfo

09.04 | 21:27

Hei! Jeg har kjøpt et kort på "Tråante 2017" som jeg syntes var skikkelig fin. Det heter: Dàlveiddja, Spirits of night. Går det an å kjøpe dette tresnittet?

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