Thursday, November 15, 2012

Jolasveinar...The Yule Lads by Karen Johannsson

Jolasveinar...The Yule Lads

Since the 9th century, when Iceland was first settled, the winter solstice has been celebrated.
This period in winter is called JOL
These mischievous trolls are very much a part of the Icelandic Christmas experience. They are pagan in origin, drawn from legends in pre-Christian Norse mythology. According to tradition, there are 13 Jolasveinar. The first arrives 13 days before Christmas with the last one coming on Christmas Eve. Beginning Christmas Day, they disappear in the same order.

Karen Johannsson

"I made these muppet-puppets for the Icelandic Room of the Scandinavian Centre in Winnipeg. They are between 35 to 40 inches tall. Batik has been my medium lately, however not in this case. I knitted all their hats, scarves, and socks. I quilted their cloths, and soft sculpted their faces. The Yule Lads will be used as part of the Christmas Celebrations at the Scandinavian Centre."

Scandinavian Cultural Centre: 764 Erin Street-Winnipeg

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Friday, November 2, 2012


Autumn on the Assiniboine River
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