Katrine describes him as a "shape shifter who is portrayed as a handsome young man, a wild and beautiful horse, and a sea monster in different tales."
You mentioned using new (but old) material to create this project. What do you mean by that?
I meant that paper is an old material, but I am using it in a new way compared to how our folklore is usually portrayed. Artist Theodor Kittelsen is famous for his illustrations of Norwegian folklore. And whenever it is mentioned, I believe most people think of him because he has created this big, beautiful universe. Everyone should take a look at his work!
Are you experimenting with paper with the intention of becoming a full-time paper artist or do you prefer graphic design work?
Currently paper is a hobby, but I am really enjoying using my hands more and thinking a bit differently when I am in the paper zone! And I do love to illustrate. Because I just finished my degree, I am trying to find my place in this business. For the time being I want to do both graphic design and paper; maybe a mix? We are so used to the digital part of the design business, but I think graphic design could be much more than it is today if we start thinking about other materials as well.
Nøkken sounds like quite the scary fellow! Does the tale have a happy ending?
Yes, he is meant to be scary so children won't go near the water by themselves or talk to strangers. Nøkken is a really sad and lonely character, and is actually mentioned in several tales, not just one.
What's next for you, Katrine?