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February 20, 2015

Tried to write a statement and ended up with a poem

Filed under: Writing

I find myself seduced by the sheer physicality of the world
Half the day spent behind screens of various shapes and sizes
Out in the world I am drawn to a particular situational aesthetic
Some sort of desolation, crisp focus, even light, etc
The best images are both familiar and alienating

Running barely moist palms over a smooth keyboard
The feeling of keys under fingertips typing click clack
Out the window are cars, buildings, trees
New and ancient technologies side by side
The oldest of which is nature itself

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January 26, 2015

Italy (again)

Filed under: Images, Travel

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Back in December Rolf and I were back in Italy. Just for a quick weekend in Milano, but we were able to take some photos before flying back to Oslo. Thanks to Petra and Alberto for making us the perfect walking map!

So many beautiful architectural details and textures, not to mention the fashion. The best: leather and silk, wool and nylon, garments fabricated with mixed fabrics in the same color. So subtle and good. Updated this page.


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January 12, 2015


Filed under: Etc


Happy New Year!

Thank you also to my anonymous (kind of, I think I know) friend who sent this in the mail.

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December 31, 2014

Goodbye, NSEW

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Last chance: I’ll be retiring both the NSEW website and shop on January 1. Selected publications will still be available at physical shops until they run out, a list of which will soon be here.







The last four years have been a great learning experience but it’s time for me to move on, or at least take a break before starting anew.

Thanks for us, world!

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December 18, 2014


Filed under: Writing


I’ve opened up an account on Medium and put my MFA thesis online for anyone who is interested.

Physical copies are also available (for a limited time) through NSEW. Less than a dozen are left! Coincidentally, everything on NSEW is on sale through the end of December..

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December 10, 2014


Filed under: Quotes

I’ll make my report as if I told a story… the soundest fact may fail or prevail in the style of its telling: like that singular organic jewel of our seas, which grows brighter as one woman wears it and, worn by another, dulls and goes to dust. Facts are no more solid, coherent, round, and real than pearls are. But both are sensitive.

Ursula K. LeGuin

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November 19, 2014

Forslag Design

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Forslag Design is a new Japanese webshop selling Scandinavian and Scandinavian inspired products curated by Yako Yoshikane.

On their main page right now there is a feature on my Pictures from Japan accompanied by a new text written for a Japanese audience.

They are also carrying a wide selection of NSEW products, including some that are sold-out. The pic above is a double framing of postcards from Kim Hiorthøy and Paul Paper.

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October 20, 2014

This Saturday in Baltimore

Filed under: Exhibitions


Baltimore’s Open Space is re-opening in a brand new location with a group show I’m happy to be a part of:

Precious Moments is a group curated show focusing on works that are hinged on sentiment and the gentle gaze of mind-full observation. Artworks span from domestic sculpture to written and painted prose. Like photos in a family album, this show is woven as a warm blanket to welcome you to our new home.

Andrew Eargle (Oakland)
Roberto Jamora (New York)
Flannery Silva (Baltimore)
Patrice Renee Washington (New York)
Jessica Williams (Oslo)

Open Space
512 W Franklin St
Baltimore, MD 21201

Opening: Saturday, October 25, 6 – 9pm
Exhibition: October 25 – November, 2014

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