For the past few months I’ve been very busy working on illustrations for a poetry book, written by author Elin Sveen.
She has published three books; “Fra barnsdommens rike” in 2008, “Minnebok fra krigen” in 2009, and “Å spinne seg en gylden tråd” in 2010.
“Hålasdaar Mæ Sokker På” was released last week on the 1st of May 2015.
The poems are written in the “Toten” dialect, a norwegian local language from the Toten region, about 100 km above Oslo.
In Norway there are many different sounding dialects that even sometimes a native Norwegian speaker may have difficulty understanding.
Speaking the local dialect is encouraged and people are proud to do so.
This is the opposite in the Netherlands where I grew up. There I learned to hide my original dialect -in my case “Twents“- from a young age. Fortunately this is changing a bit now and dialects are more appreciated.
I made the drawings in this book with the common theme of the poems of nature and traditions in mind.
This was a great project to do and I’m pleased to be part of the making of this wonderful book.