Bodil Bødtker-Næss

Weaver and designer Bodil Bødtker-Næss (1942-1988) is a prominent name in Danish textile art. She created some of Georg Jensen Damask's most iconic motifs and was part of the inner circle of textile artists associated with Georg Jensen Damask's looms in the 1970s.

Bodil Bødtker-Næss was educated in textiles at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen. Among the teachers, especially John Becker and Franka Rasmussen had a great influence on Bodil Bødtker-Næss. From Becker, she learned professional perfectionism and through Franka Rasmussen, she learned about the artistic experimental expression. Over time, she completed many significant decorative and design projects, and as a teacher and a visionary she had a lasting influence on an entire generation of young weavers.

Bodil Bødtker-Næss placed high demands on the craft of weaving and the professional experiment. Her strong sense of fibres and yarns translated into nature-inspired damask patterns and ornaments. She often worked in large formats, creating compositions built around simple leaf shapes held in place by precise geometric lines.

In 1975, she designed the pattern for Georg Jensen Damask’s classic Christmas tablecloth; a subtle but recognisable design that would set the right tone and trigger happy memories whenever the tablecloth was placed on the table. Four years later, in 1979, she designed the equally iconic Easter motif based on the classic symbols of a chicken and egg, which transform into a stylised pattern in the design.

Bodil Bødtker-Næss