"" JAMIE SAYS DREAM: Lisa Congdon prints and Sami people

28 mars 2012

Lisa Congdon prints and Sami people

Once again I bought little pretty things instead of what I really neeeed, this time a print and cards from Lisa Congdon. I have loved her work for a long time, so it's not totally a whim buy. I hope I will get them up on my wall quickly so I can enjoy them every day.

This is what I ordered from Lisa Congdon's Etsy shop today: A lovely Owl print, that I hope will look good next to my Henning Trollbäck Bear print...

Snowy Owl Print by Lisa Congdon
...and four cards from her Collection a Day project - she photographed or drew an illustration of one of her collections (or part of it) every day for a year and posted the images on the A Collection a Day 2010 blog. You might have heard of it, because this Lisa Congdon project got LOTS of publication. The images also became a book and some of them prints and cards.

Collection a Day Notecard Series Number 2 by Lisa Congdon

I nearly ordered the Sami woman print below too, maybe another time. The Sami people - "samer" in Swedish - live in the north of Sweden, Finland, Norway and the Kola Penisula of Russia, and they have their own language. They are the indigenous people of my country, Sweden.

The Sami people were originally nomads, and some of them still depend on their reindeers to survive, and follow them to the pastures. Their living space have been reduced radically by modern society, as for other indigenous people. But there has also been debate about the fact that reindeer husbandry is legally protected as an exclusive Sami liveihood. Some people think that is discriminating, as the earlier forced assimilation of Sami people was discriminating.


Sami Woman Print by Lisa Congdon

I think Lisa Congdon (who is american) might have got her inspiraton for her Sami illustrations from the Saamiblog (or at least from photographs you can find on the blog) - lots of beautiful and interesting old and new photos of Sami people there.


Sami woman from Sweden, 1870-1898. Photo: Hélène Edlund,
Nordiska Museet, Stockholm, NMA.0033065, via Saamiblog

And if you are interested in Sami music, you can also find a mix of music videos on Saamiblog's start page. Here is a couple of examples, which also includes joik, a special way of singing that is typical for the Sami people. I like it a lot. The first one has a happy sound, the other one is beautiful with a mythical feeling.









In my Daily dose of quirkiness, an Adidas tracksuit customized with Sami pattern by Kasper Strömman, via We don't do retro blog. What do you think - is it an insult to the Sami people to do this or is it a way to keep the Sami culture alive in the modern world?

Customised Adidas tracksuit © Kasper Strömman
via We don't do retro blog

Customised Adidas tracksuit © Kasper Strömman,
via We don't do retro blog

Kasper Strömman website, Kasper Strömman Design blog

7 kommentarer:

pernilla plaza interiör sa...

Vilka härliga bilder!! Haha ja du, det förvånar mig inte om det är bloggen som spökar, håller på och laddar upp en ny om det skulle krångla på riktigt igen med denna...Farligt med för mycket fikande som du skrev, skapar ett sug.. sitter och äter godis och säger haha. Kram

LissenTo sa...

Vackra print och den samiska kulturen är intressanta att veta mer om.

Kram

Lyssnar på musiken just nu ...........

Hanna sa...

Printarna är jättehärliga, roligt att det finns mycket av kulturen kvar och att den följer med i tiden. Genom att följa med blir samerna uppmärksammade på ett annat sätt än bara som renskötare som bor i sina kåtor. Gillar printen med samekvinnan, där möter det gamla det nya på ett spännande sätt.

Kram Hanna

noreen sa...

maria - that is very interesting! i have heard of the sami people, but did not know much about them. the work of art is lovely, but the real people are more interesting. i think the track suit is an homage. nice. it took a lot of work to make it that way.

thanks for sharing!

Amber sa...

I love the owl print you bought! It's also great to read about the Sami culture, thank you!

Creative Living + Wabi Sabi Style sa...

Intressant artikel om Samerna. Härligt att du tar dig tid att skriva genomarbetade inlägg. Jag började själv blogga med höga skrivambitioner, men märkte snabbt att det var bilderna som intresserade - texterna och mina åsikter i mindre grad... Åtminstone tolkade jag uteblivna feedbacken så.
Så nu försöker jag skriva så lite som möjligt. Svårt för en diskussionsglad och snacksalig tjej som jag ;-)

Hvite tulipaner sa...

Herlige prints, likte veldig godt printene av samekvinnene. Og den adidas-drakten var jo bare litt morsom da:)
Ha en super helg!
Klem E