Bodil Bødtker-Næss

After Bodil Bødtker-Næss (1942-1988) finished school in Tårbæk, she first entered The Design School and later the School of Arts and Crafts. Among the teachers, especially John Becker and Franka Rasmussen had a great influence on Bodil Bødtker-Næss. At Becker, she learned professional perfectionism and through Franka Rasmussen, she learned about the artistic experimental expression. The weaver Vibeke Klint, who was the internal examiner at her finals, experienced her as a convening and talented young artist with a unique stature.

Due to her tremendous effort in teaching at The School of Arts and Crafts from 1971 to 88 and her involvement in Textile Printing and Weavers Guild Bodil Bødtker-Næss has a strong name in Danish textile art. Furthermore, she has a strong name because of her results concerning very large decoration- and design assignments, but also because of her great engagement in the people, she meets. Short after her diploma, she established her own workshop in her home. During the first years, she offered workshops in both textile print and different weaving techniques, and many a weaver learned or experienced later at The School of Arts and Craft to work Textile Art. As a teacher and master, she had a strong influence on almost an entire generation of young weavers. With her strong personality and her great demand to the craftsmanship and the professional experiment, she became the overall exponent for Danish Textile Arts.

Bodil Bødtker-Næss was up to her death in 1988 a hard-working exhibitor in both Denmark and abroad. She managed many decoration jobs, and her strong and distinctive sensory perception of fibres and rough yarns were transformed into nature-inspired patterns and ornaments, which was suitable for decoration and ornamentation of large rooms and modern buildings in concrete.

Bodil Bødtker-Næss often worked in large format, using rough yarns and compositions, which often were built around simple leave forms held in place with a special developed geometrical line, which within Georg Jensen Damask lead to the elegant and immortal classics as the Christmas tablecloth and the Easter tablecloth.