Bjorn–Otha People’s Art 3


I think that my nose resembles the typical “Bjorn nose”, especially as shown in this pair of cruets :)


I purchased these two lovely Bjorn Wiinblad cruets a few years ago as I felt that the resembled my own face, especially the nose!

It’s been a chilly and eventful past few weeks since my last posting–minor personal injury, Hurricane Sandy, and the happiest possible outcome (in my little opinion) for the 2012 American Presidency have kept me occupied aside from my usual internet research and work. I’m so thankful to have escaped the very worst of Sandy and that my eye injury has healed up!!

My sunroom studio is pretty chilly these days even with a space heater and full winter regalia on (except gloves!), so progress has been slow, but none-the-less, happening. I had a sneak peek at some of my pro photos and it goes without saying that I’m eagerly anticipating their completion. But good things are worth waiting for, and you’ll just have to take my word on things that I do in fact make work! I know, the suspense is killing me too.


So with all of the notable events that have happened recently, this instalment of Otha People’s Art (That I Love) focuses on the multi-talented, and hugely inspirational Danish Designer, Bjorn Wiinblad.

A young and very optimistic looking Bjorn Wiinblad pictured with one of his early illustrations.


Creativity and beauty are a marvellous currency–it is adaptable and often speaks so eloquently of a particular time, yet also transcends it. The best creativity holds its own, yet also inspires other wonderful creative works in others. Such is most definitely the case with Bjorn Wiinblad, who upon graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen, first gained international prominence in the late 1940’s as an illustrator, and later encompassed many design mediums including furniture, porcelain, textile and costume design, and stage design into his repertoire.


There is a whimsical elegance to Bjorn’s work–it is graceful and simple, modern yet organic. There is often a wonderful marriage of intricate pattern with simple shapes as well as the human form.

Having been born at the end of the first World War and witness to the devastation of the Second, it’s probably no coincidence that Bjorn’s work seeks to uphold the beautiful, endearing and enduring aspects of Humanity: I get a feeling of Post-War optimism and renewal from his work yet there’s really something timeless about it–even tho empires build and crumble, fortunes wax and wane, and humanity goes thru great periods of distress and devastation, there is still a good side to life–there is hope and a definite joie de vivre that transcends everything. To me there is an undeniable correlation to ancient aesthetics–a gorgeous use of pattern and line and beautiful celebration of the human form. It really reminds me of my little place in the Universe and all who have come before me 😉

This group of ceramics by Bjorn Wiinblad is so wonderful! To me his work is very modern, but also encompasses elements taken from traditional African art, Grecian art and even a little traditional Russian or Byzantium art…

First beginning his creative career as a sculptor, it is obvious that the hugely talented and popular designer Jonathan Adler was heavily influenced by Bjorn Wiinblad. I appreciate how simple lines and texture can convey such a feeling of innocence and tranquility in this piece by Jonathan Adler, whose work I also love!

Bjorn was definitely influenced by ancient artistic depictions of the human form. There are some uncanny similarities between this Etruscan painting and Bjorn’s work…

There are some amazing stylistic parallels between the work of Bjorn Wiinblad and illustrator Edward Gorey. The above illustration is by Edward Gorey, who also makes fine use of line and texture.

This is an early poster for The Royal Danish Ballet by Bjorn Wiinblad. It really reminds me of the work of another of my favourite illustrators, Edward Gorey, who was a notorious fan of ballet ;)

This 1984 poster for The Nutcracker looks almost Grecian to me. I adore Bjorn’s characteristic pairing of white and gold–simple yet regal.

This 1966 illustration by Bjorn Wiinblad not only has a great sense of whimsy to it, but also a wonderful sense of colour and texture. I love the child-like style of Bjorn’s work

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I make stuff. I collect stuff. I study stuff. I'm a bit of a technophobe, but I kinda have always enjoyed writing, so here I am, walking contradiction that I am. That's it in a nutshell. For those of you who are interested in the brains behind the operation, I studied Sculpture and Installation at the Ontario College of Art and Design, which lead to an interest (and some might say a career choice) in jewellery and jewellery design, ergo the pursuit of my GG from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). I'm about half way completed my studies and it's amazing! I also paint, draw and do free-lance illustration--check out my stuff at While I'm a big supporter of holistic healing and sustainable and organic farming, I also adore high-end design, fashion, dining out, and even the occasional meat-fest and bottle of vino accompanied by *gasp* a ciggie. See, I told you that I'm a walking contradiction! But in my humble opinion, the most interesting people are! Follow my creative process and inspiration on Pinterest Caroline Goldsmith

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