‘STRIKKET!’—the Norwegian word for ‘KNITTED!’—brought together creatives from 8 countries and 3 continents to connect with local craftspeople and students from Vestland to harness the power of creativity and collaboration, culminating in a catwalk show on the 28 and 29th of August 2021 at Stad Hotell.

Organised by: Julia Kröner Venø
Project partner: Melanie Bröder

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What is STRIKKET! ??

STRIKKET! is inspired by landscape and people of Stad Kommune, Vestland, rural west coast of Norway, who share their love, generosity, and creativity through handmade knits. In this time of unprecedented isolation, STRIKKET! seeks to link this vibrant community with the creative potential of individuals from around the world. STRIKKET! is all about symbiosis, between rural and urban, traditional and modern, innovation and sustainability.

German fashion designer and educator Julia Kröner Venø, together with her Norwegian artist husband Bjørn Venø, are the founders and organizers of the rural arts organization Venø Gård KUNST, which hosted the event with Julia serving as artistic director. Venø Gård KUNST promotes alternative perspectives and creative exploration within the rural domain.


Our story

At the height of the pandemic, Julia and Bjørn and their two young children relocated from the United States to the remote island of Venøya in Stad Kommune. They have dedicated themselves to create a variety of cultural offerings for the region, the people and beyond.


The Experience

It was immersive and creative. The local band Spöt celebrated Norwegian folklore music with traditional and experimental arrangements for the catwalk show and concert. Attendees experienced art installations, art projections and a performative catwalk show featuring work from knitters in the community, many of them in their 90s, and creations by residents, in collaboration with Julia and international designers and makers.

Please explore the documantation of STRIKKET! catwalk show.

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Couture Gown: Julia Kröner Venø
Hekle Dress: Johanne Vengen
Model: Kine Merete Mulen
Photographer: Ulf Rugumayo Amundsen
Styling: Julia Kröner Venø
Hair&Makeup: Berit Adelsten Engebretsen Marilyn Osmundvåg and students from Eid Vidaregåande
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Suit: Julia Kröner Venø  Living Heritage ToolkitInger Falkevik,
Accessory: Karina Siegmund
Modell: Julian Adelsten Engebretsen
Photographer: Thomas Bickhardt
Styling: Julia Kröner Venø
Hair&Makeup: Berit Adelsten Engebretsen  Marilyn Osmundvåg  and students from Eid Vidaregåande


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Dress: Man Yang
Head piece: Adrian Haustveit Kronstad
Modell: Inger Falkevik
Photographer: Thomas Bickhardt
Styling: Julia Kröner Venø
Hair&Makeup: Berit Adelsten EngebretsenMarilyn Osmundvåg  and students from Eid Vidaregåande

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Jumper and crocheted hearts: Ingunn Vetrhus Kroken
Accessory / repurposed fishnet: Julia Kröner Venø
Shirt: Selje for Uniform Partner
Shirt sleeve manipulation and cap alteration: Ragnhild Tonning  
Wool shorts: öe
Long Johns: Godull
Shoes: Hector Diaz
Modell: Sondre Wingar-Elnes
Photographer: Thomas Bickhardt
Styling: Julia Kröner Venø
Hair&Makeup: Berit Adelsten EngebretsenMarilyn Osmundvåg  and students from Eid Vidaregåande

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Suit and shoes: Kurriizma by Hector Diaz 
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Texture exploration by Karina Siegmund contextualized into a dress creation by Julia Kröner Venø
Pulsewarmer: Monika Sjåstad

Models: Sondre Wingar-Elnes and Amalie Midthjell
Photographer: Ulf Rugumayo Amundsen 
Styling: Julia Kröner Venø
Hair&Makeup: Berit Adelsten EngebretsenMarilyn Osmundvåg and students from Eid Vidaregåande
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Skirt design: Julia Kröner Venø Pattern execution: Melanie Bröder Skull pattern design: Annisette Hågensen. Knitter: Norunn Kvam. Wool sponsored by Rauma Garn
Accessory: Mariann Hove Venøy
Modell: Eiren Hatlenes Jørgensen
Photographer: Thomas Bickhardt
Styling: Julia Kröner Venø
Hair&Makeup: Berit Adelsten EngebretsenMarilyn Osmundvåg  and students from Eid Vidaregåande

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Suit: Julia Kröner Venø,
Bears: Wenche Årsheim  Ingunn Kroken  Sofrid Kvamme  Ragnhild Solheim, Malin Solheim Høstmark, Toril Evensen Haugen, Gunn LillesaltEllen Kupen 
Apron: Uniformparnter AS customized by JK Venø
Modell: Sondre Wingar-Elnes
Photographer: Thomas Bickhardt
Styling: Julia Kröner Venø
Hair&Makeup: Berit Adelsten EngebretsenMarilyn Osmundvåg  and students from Eid Vidaregåande

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Dress: Ellen Kupen
Crochet harness accessory: Ingunn Kroken
Crochet veil: Gunn Lillesalt
Modell: Marcrlina Tadajewska
Photographer: Thomas Bickhardt
Styling: Julia Kröner Venø
Hair&Makeup: Berit Adelsten EngebretsenMarilyn Osmundvåg  and students from Eid Vidaregåande

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Runway Coordinator: Ume Rubab Walderhaug
Modell: Ragnhild Solheim
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Modell: Marcrlina Tadajewska
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Modells: Sondre Wingar-Elnes and Amalie Midthjell
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Modell: Kine Merete Mulen
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Stage: Sigrunn Leivdal
B&W Photographer: Ulf Rugumayo Amundsen


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Musicians: The band Spøtt is Maria Helgesen  Jonas Larsson  Bjørn Inge Berge  Maria Vengen  William Mitei and Jon Inger Siegerland
Photographer: Ulf Rugumayo Amundsen
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From left to right: Sondre-Wingar Elnes, Amalie Midthjell, Karina Siegmund, Mohammad Alhalwane, Julian Adelsten Engebretsen, Ragnhild Tonning, Inger Falkevik, Ida Kristin Tunevåg, Rutt-Lovise Sætren Strand, Ellen Kine Helgesen, Isak Rutledal, Julia Kröner Venø, Marcelina Tadajewska, Anne Eide, Eiren Hatlenes Jørgensen, Julie Rundereim, Sunniva Tonning, Monika Kvamme, Siri Sandvik, Helga Helgesen Rutledal and Ume Rubab Walderhaug. Children: Reiel, Johanne, Maia, Klara, Josephine and Ingeborg
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3D Avatar: Rahul Verma
Concept: Julia Kröner Venø
Heklet creatures: Wenche Årsheim
Photographer: Bjørn Venø



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Tulle/ horsehair couture gown: Ivan Liu
Model: Ragnhild Tonning
Photographer: Bjørn Venø
Styling / Hair&Makeup: Julia Kröner Venø
Assistant: Jessica Venø

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Knitted sculpture: J Baker
Model: Ragnhild Tonning
Photographer: Bjørn Venø
Styling / Hair&Makeup: Julia Kröner Venø
Assistant: Jessica Venø

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Organza dress: Ming Yang
Model: Ragnhild Tonning
Photographer: Bjørn Venø
Styling / Hair&Makeup: Julia Kröner Venø
Assistant: Jessica Venø

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Quilted Dress, blouse, coin purse, hat: Meri Hallikainen
Mittens: Jillian Hartman
Model: Ragnhild Tonning
Photographer: Bjørn Venø
Styling / Hair&Makeup: Julia Kröner Venø
Assistant: Jessica Venø

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Knitted dress: J Baker
Model: Juni Helene Alicia Sol Romero y Codero Berg-Nielsen
Photographer: Bjørn Venø
Styling / Hair&Makeup: Julia Kröner Venø
Assistants: Ruben Romero and Anne Eide

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Tulle dress: Ming Yang
Model: Ragnhild Tonning
Photographer: Bjørn Venø
Styling / Hair&Makeup: Julia Kröner Venø
Assistant: Jessica Venø

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Knitted dress and leg warmer: J Baker
Model: Juni Helene Alicia Sol Romero y Codero Berg-Nielsen
Photographer: Bjørn Venø
Styling / Hair&Makeup: Julia Kröner Venø
Assistants: Ruben Romero and Anne Eide

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Jumpsuit: Melissa Fierro Romero
Model: Juni Helene Alicia Sol Romero y Codero Berg-Nielsen
Photographer: Bjørn Venø
Styling / Hair&Makeup: Julia Kröner Venø
Assistants: Ruben Romero and Anne Eide

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Creative Collaborators

Creating new work in dialogue with Julia Kröner Venø

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Contributing Designers and Artists

Showing existing and new work

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Contributing Knitters and Craftspeople

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Musicians

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In-Kind Sponsors

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Sponsors

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Credits for the live Catwalk Show

Sound: Asbjørn Hamre and Kjetil Vederhus
Musicians: A capella by Helga Helgesen Rutledal. The band Spøtt is William Mitei, Jonas Larsson, Maria Vengen, Maria Helgesen, Bjørn Inge Berge and Jon Inger Siegerland.
Light: Ovar Holmen
Stage: Sigrunn Leivdal with students from Eid Vgs: Evi Susann Skeide, Andrea Othelia Refvik, Anette Eineteig, Lea Marie Eimind, Eivind Dyrvik
Hair and Makeup: Berit Adelsten Engebretsen, Marilyn Osmundvåg with students from Eid Vgs: Tonje Smørdal Kjøsnes, Emma Kristin Hellem, Mia Kristiansen, Rochelle Mathius and Tara-Mari Hovden
Dressers: Julie Rundereim, Julia Kröner Venø, Inger Adelsten Engebretsen and Karina Siegmund
Runway Coordinator: Ume Rubab Walderhaug
Female Models: Marcrlina Tadajewska, Kine Merete Mulen, Ranghild Tonning, Sunniva Tonning, Ida Kristin Tunevåg, Eiren Hatlenes Jørgensen, Siri Sandvik, Monika Kvamme, Helga Helgesen Rutledal, Rutt-Lovise Sætren Strand, Inger Falkevik Ragnhild Solheim, Ellen Kine Helgesen, Anne Eide and Amalie Midthjell
Male Models: Mohammad Alhalwane, Geir Årvik, Isak Rutledal, Julian Adelsten Engebretsen and Sondre Wingar-Elnes
Child Models: Ingeborg, Klara, Johanne, Rim, Gwendolyn, Theodor, Maia, Josephine, Thea and Reiel
Photographers: Thomas Bickhardt, Ulf Rugumayo Amundsen and Bjørn Venø.

Creative Collaborators: Javier Rodriguez, Rahul Verma, Wenche Årsheim, Malin Solheim Høstmark, Johanne Vengen, Ingunn Vetrhus Kroken, Inger Lise Strand, Gunn Lillesalt, Lisbeth Bergo, Monika Sjåstad, Solfrid Kvamme, Ellen Kupen, Ragnhild Tonning, Inger Oline Falkevik, öe, Juni Helene Alicia Sol Romero y Codero Berg-Nielsen and Bjørn Venø

Contributing Designers and Artists: Meri Hallikainen, Ming Yang, Melissa Fierro Romero, Kate Barton, Karen Chow, Jillian Hartman, J Baker, Ivan Liu, Christina Yother, Karina Siegmund, Hector Diaz, Ivette Li-Sanchez, Melanie Bröder and Man Yang

Contributing Knitters and Craftspeople: Ragna Guldbrandsen, Anne Regine Sønderland, Anna Kjemphol, Ane Drabløs, Ingeborg Rundereim, Mette Drage, Ingun Haukedal, Ingeborg Espeland, Hjørdis Øvrebotten, Ingun Haukedal, Ingeborg Espeland, Hjørdis Øvrebotten, Ingunn Kroken, Kristian Kroken, Ellen Kupen, Yunping Xu, Anita Eide, Turid Haye, Norunn Kvam and Toril Evensen Haugen

Contributers from interiør og eksponeringsdesign ved Eid Vgs: Andrine Fardal. Shakiba Hazares, Estere Kristovska, Adrian haustveit Kronstad, Serena Ocasiones Lillestøl, Daniella Nilsen Lyngvær, Thanabun Makham, Sunniva Melheim Melvær, Sahra Ahmed Saed, Ida Kristin Tungevåg and Iren Øverstrand

Organised by: Julia Kröner Venø
Project partner: Melanie Bröder