Minsheng Workshop: Coffee is spilled? Then let’s paint with it!





Åshild Kanstad Johnsen

Tutor: Åshild Kanstad Johnsen
Participants: 30 adult painting-lovers
Date: 14:30-16:30 Sunday, August 11, 2019
Venue: Multimedia Interactive Hall, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum (Xinyefang 3, Wenshui Road 210, Jing’an District)
Co-host: Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum and Northing
Special thanks to Royal Norwegian Embassy

This is kubbe and Gran, two little fellas from the forests of Norway

 Kubbe (a little boy he is) is a wood post with thinking ability, and a kind heart. Always curious of the surrounding world, kubbe is fond of collecting gadgets he found in the forest, bringing them home and categorizing them. Having accumulated abundant collections, kubbe and his best friend Gran started various adventures.

The character kubbe is based on David Lynch’s classic TV series Twin Peak, where the log lady always holds a “talking” log. The Norwegian illustrator Åshild Kanstad Johnsen spent 8 years creating a world for kubbe set in the Norwegian forest. This magical world later became world-known, with the kubbe series won the most beautiful book in Norway.

In our workshop, kubbe is going to be the company of adult painting-lovers, especially the female who shoulder multiple roles in the society. In this afternoon, kubbe is going to let every participant have a slow afternoon, where they can explore a new method against crisis—if the coffee is spilled, then let’s paint with it!

The works of Isabella, one of the past participants

Åshild Kanstad Johnsen is going to teach us how to gain inspiration from our daily life, and how to build a system as naturally as we can. Some of these inspiration is going to enter the final creating process, for instance, using stains from coffee or ink to make a zine.

About the artist

 ÅshildKanstad Johnsen

Åshild Kanstad Johnsen was born in 1978 in Bergen. She is an illustrator and author of children’s books. Her kubbe series are well-received in Japan, and was made into animation by Echoes Animation Company. Åshild grew up on a mountain in Bergen, where the unique climate and land features shaped her own perspectives of world, which is well presented in her works. She is one of the most influential Norwegian illustrators. Her draft is filled with Norwegian mountain, fjord scenery, and the unique wooden architecture. She is good at organizing image with a method called “knolling.”

About Northing

Northing is an interdisciplinary cultural institute founded by architect Ben (Yu Wenhou) and designer Yilei in Bergen. Northing is dedicated to the events for communicating China and Norway’s publishing, designing, and art. Though Northing lies in Bergen, the two founders both come from Shanghai. Northing is attempting to promote more Norwegian artists and designers in China, and introduce the Chinese youth culture to Norway.