Bit’s paper creations belong in the artistic category called slow art. It’s about knowing and appreciating the long process of different art forms, for example, psaligraphy. It’s also about learning how to take your time when observing a slow art piece. Bit always begin her process by memorizing every single detail that she later translates onto paper.
– It’s important that all paper lines are attached to each other, and to decide which parts that will remain and which parts that needs to be cut out. When I have memorized the motif, I draw support lines and cut out the different parts. The process varies in time, sometimes it can take up to a year to finish a piece, says Bit.
Bit says that usually when she is done with the cutting process, a history has been told from beginning to end. Psaligraphy always tells a story. It is an old tradition that dates back more than 2000 years in time. It originated in China and later spread to the western part of the world. Three years ago, Bit returned to the birthplace of the art form and developed a collaboration called Paper Dialogues with paper artist Xiaguang Qiao.
– Our collaboration developed in connection to the Norwegian and Chinese diplomatic relations celebrated 60 years. Our project was part of the celebration. We could communicate on a whole new level through paper. He is the first colleague I’ve ever met, says Bit.
"It made me feel like I could contribute to the world again"
A unique centre for paper design
This spring, Bit is working with her daughter to open the first center in Scandinavia for paper art. They will have different workshops during the year and showcase a permanent exhibition of Bit’s pieces, as well, inviting international creators to exhibit their paperwork.
– We will highlight paper creators doing something interesting and innovative. This could, for example, include upcycling. It’s about taking paper and creating a new useful product, of what you otherwise would have thrown away. It’s everything from lamp shades to shoes and bags, to name a few. The center is supposed to gather everything that happens in the world of paper, says Bit.
If everything goes according to plan, the center will open its doors on March 23rd, 2018.
– At the center of paper art, we wish for the visitors to experience a slower pace and to get a lower heart rate, Bit says.