Lene Bladbjerg - Blade Patterns

Lene Bladbjerg is a danish artist based in London. She was born in Denmark in 1974 but grew up in Brussels, Belgium. The multinational environment prompted Lene's passion for exploring new countries and cultures, which has influenced her work as an artist.

In 1995, Lene attended Kent Institute of Art and Design, Rochester, England and later graduated from London College of Printing with a 1:1 Degree honours in Graphic and Media Design in 2000. During her time studying, she had the opportunity to do workplacements in Denmark, England and The Philippines. Since then, she has been working from her studio in Crystal Palace, South London, as a full-time visual artist and freelance graphic designer.

Lene Bladbjerg’s work is influenced by her background as a graphic designer. Typography and grids drift in and out of her pieces creating haunting images and surprising messages. Her work can be very thought-provoking. She pays great attention to the smaller scale details of everyday life. In her work she attempts to capture the hidden beauty or interesting aspect of even the most ordinary of events or objects. She often creates her work by incorporating unusual materials, often re-cycled.

She started working with blades as a recycling project. Her landlord in her studio is a bookbinder/leatherworker and goes through hundreds of blades. He gave her a bog bucket of blades and she started playing around with them, making patterns. It has since moved on to bigger pieces with both re-used blades and new ones.

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