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Marianne Johnstad-Møller

  • Textile creator
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Master Artisan
Marianne Johnstad-Møller Textile creator
Danish, English
By appointment only
+45 27139810
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Sensuous contrasts

  • • Marianne works with knits and textiles as an artist, craftswoman and teacher
  • • She often upcycles discarded materials and leftover textiles
  • • She embraces both the beautiful and the painful sides of life

Marianne Johnstad-Møller is a textile artist with a strong focus on materials, craft, tradition and innovation. She uses colourful threads, yarn, discarded leftovers and plaster to create unique pieces. Her work is inspired by contrasts like the transition between light and darkness, also between what is hidden for the eye but felt in the deeper layers. She hand-dyes all her knitted pieces and loves to immerse herself in an experimenting dialogue with materials, colours and technique. She reworks discarded and damaged pieces of knitting from other projects, creating new and often transparent art pieces. Her background in theatre – creating costumes – flows like a poetic thread through her interpretations of minor theatrical personalities.

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Five hanging sculptural objects in dark brown shades made of damaged and discarded pieces of knit. Plaster, colour and glue were added to create a texture and expression that is both delicate and raw, stiff and soft, transparent and opaque.

Length 90 cm
Width 18 cm
Height 65 cm

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Jellyfish lamp No. 13

This sculptural lamp, constructed in knit, is inspired by jellyfish. It is made of layers of transparent knit in white and a soft yellow-brown tone with edges and lines in a soft brown yarn with opacity. Each piece of knit is rolling up and around itself. It is the golden-brown little sister to the larger lamp.

Height 59 cm
Diameter 38 cm

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This round and open textile vessel is in reddish brown with a little handle. The knit is transparent and damaged. The bottom of the object is solid dark brown, and the original texture and grey colour of the yarn appears on the inside.

Length 17 cm
Width 19 cm
Height 9 cm

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State of change, state of stillness

This hanging sculpture in shades of maroon, burgundy and greyish maroon is made in delicate pieces of transparent and hand-dyed knit formed as unregular bobbles with several layers.

Length 46 cm
Width 55 cm
Height 210 cm

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Made in hairpin lace crochet, this textile object is shaped as a jug, with hairpin lace panels in grey, winter-white and pale green. The texture is soft and a bit hairy.

Length 21 cm
Width 14 cm
Height 14 cm

Find Marianne Johnstad-Møller in the itinerary

Copenhagen: from the pages of a fairy tale
10 locations
The fairy tales of writer Hans Christian Andersen paint an enchanting picture of his hometown Copenhagen. Follow our itinerary to discover craftspeople and galleries, whose magical creations seem to have come to life from the pages of Andersen’s stories.

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