About Norsk Heritage Workshop
Since I was a girl, I’ve always been fascinated by my Norwegian heritage. After my first class in rosemaling in 1979, I knew that Norwegian folk art was meant to be a part of my life. That class was followed by dozens more – my favorites were always at the Vestherheim Norwegian-American Museum, in Decorah, Iowa.
In 1982, I was blessed to be able to turn my fascination into a business. Starting out, I sold an assortment of rosemaled wooden necklaces, pins and earrings. I also made and sold Hardanger embroidery, Norwegian-costumed dolls and nissen (Norwegian elves). For 10 years, I taught rosemaling out of my home studio in northern Minnesota and also demonstrated folk art techniques at Scandinavian Festivals in the Midwest.
But in 1990, I found that my business had evolved through one simple act: I tried rosemaling on a sweatshirt, and the effect was amazing. Now I could make rosemaled clothing with matching earrings – and more. Since then, rosemaled garments and accessories have been the main focus of my business.
In 1995, my husband John and I moved Norsk Heritage Workshop to northwestern Wisconsin and I was able to work from home. Our walkout basement became my store, studio, workroom, and office, and our RV became our getaway. We enjoy traveling to Scandinavian Festivals and tradeshows in the Midwest, where I display and sell my work. Our record was 27 shows in one year!
Each day as I sit in my workshop, I take inspiration from the beauty around me – the changing moods of the lake, the ever-present wildlife, and the surrounding woods. How blessed I am to be able to do the work I love and share the joy of my Norwegian heritage with so many people!
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little about Norsk – and most of all, I hope you enjoy my garments as much as I enjoy creating them!