The Odda Romantihkka project is a colorful, fairytale-esque and dreamlike ode to the queer and Sami community that has fought for a more inclusive and accepting society, one better than the one most of us have been raised in.
Norway is a country that like many others has a long, and somewhat tragic history in the way it has treated minorities. This project aims to reclaim some of the things Norwegian society has, and continues to this day to shun and frame them in a similar light to what Norway during its national romanticism era shone on itself.
It criticizes the notion of the “law of jante'‘, unwritten social rules that you are not to think you’re anything special. That equality is deserved so long as everyone behaves the same.
It combines the more folk-like elements through techniques such as crochet, materials such as linen and wool as well as the bunad and gakti inspired silhouettes, with a contemporary flare through graphic prints, sharp lines and bold colors.
I am a queer and gender-queer Sami-Norwegian fashion designer with a background in art and illustration. I wish to keep old techniques and traditions alive, but breathe new life into them by giving them a place in modern fashion. To combine the old with the new to create the foundation for a more open and inclusive future.