Collection Connections: Billedvev (Tapestry Weaving)

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Collection Connections: Billedvev (Tapestry Weaving)

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 (12-1:00 PM CT) with Robbie LaFleur

Level of Instruction
All are welcome.
$20.00 Members
$22.00 Non-members

Share your lunch break with Vesterheim Gold Medalist and weaving instructor Robbie LaFleur as she highlights billedvev weaving from the collection, including two important historical pieces dating from the 1600s during Norway’s golden age of tapestry. Robbie will discuss some of her favorite tapestries that were woven in the early 1900s during a resurgence of interest in techniques and images from earlier centuries. This event is open to both practicing weavers and folk-art enthusiasts alike.

Collection Connections is a series of Vesterheim-hosted conversations featuring beloved folk-art school instructors. Spotlighting the incredible collection of folk art at Vesterheim, these conversations are opportunities for you to stay connected with your folk-art community during this unpredictable time. Each event will highlight a piece or several from the museum's collection as explained, interpreted, and appreciated by a master folk artist.

The listed event is one Zoom session: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 12:00 - 1:00 pm CT

If you have questions, please contact Josh Torkelson, Folk Art Program Coordinator (

Enrollment Deadline: June 6, 2021

Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive a link to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the event. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward all communications.

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About the Instructor

Robbie LaFleur

Robbie LaFleur

Robbie LaFleur has been following a thread of Scandinavian textiles since she studied weaving at Valdres Husflidskole in Fagernes, Norway, in 1977. She has continued her study with Scandinavian instructors in Norway and the United States. Her projects include interpreting Edvard Munch’s Scream painting into a variety of textile techniques, weaving tapestry portraits of her relatives, and continuing exploration of various Norwegian coverlet techniques. She is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist, coordinates the Weavers Guild of Minnesota Scandinavian Weavers Study Group, and publishes the Norwegian Textile Letter. In 2019 she received a fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation to study the transparency technique of famed Norwegian tapestry weaver Frida Hansen.

Learn more: Watch this video, Collection Connections: Investigating Norwegian Billedvev with Robbie LaFleur where Robbie billedvev weaving from the collection, including two important historical pieces dating from the 1600s during Norway’s golden age of tapestry.