Gunnlaug Ribe

I was trained as a veterinarian, and worked for many years in the field. I met all sorts of animals, but sheep and goat I learned to love the most. In the late 1980's I saw a pair of felted slippers and wanted to learn how to make them myself. My first teacher in feltmaking had been to an international meeting in Aarhus, Denmark and she showed us very inspiring photos. Wool and felt turned out to be very important for me to gain energy. Many a holiday with my family would go to international felt gatherings. I have been a juried member of the Norwegian Feltmakers since 1997. I previously was a member of the IFA , and I was happy that my nuno-felted dress was included in the exhibition at the National Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest when IFA celebrated 20 years anniversary in Hungary in 1999. I now make felt clothing, accessories, art, toys and wall hangings. Rather than producing many objects of the same design, I prefer to try out new techniques and formats – experimenting and learning. Wool-work has been a source of joy and happiness in my life, and continues to be so.