"I'm still experimenting"
Vallien in 1990. I was 18 at the time and extremely nervous. I had brought
along my sketchbook and wanted him to take a look at my glass designs.
My goal was to become a glass-artist - and Bertil was my idol. I entered
his studio at the Åfors glass factory, but he wasn't there. When
at last he did appear, my temperature rose by several degrees. He struck
me, then, as slightly intimidating. He wore a strange-looking cap on his
head, but his handshake was firm, his voice clear and articulate. And
then that kindly but somewhat guarded look. I saw BV as a celebrated star,
with all the exaggerated respect that goes with stardom.
to collect BV's glass at the age of 17, and was especially keen on
his work from the 1960s. I have tried to figure out what it was that drew
me to his glass in particular, but have no ready answer. Possibly the
combination of a robust outgoing imagination and mysterious inward delicacy.
I am now a full-fledged journalist. I have learnt how to create a website, how to film, edit images, produce CD ROMs and to write - somewhat better. While studying, I was struck by the idea of a comprehensive home page for Bertil Vallien, my old idol. And in August, 2003, the project began in earnest. Bertil supplied me with photographs and I started writing, and working with graphic layout and scanning.
Without Gunnar Lindqvist´s analysis of the artist's work from his Biography of Bertil, my texts would have been the poorer.
plate is a photographer, who also deserve my thanks. The home page (bertilvallien.se)
now has an English version, for which I thank Angela E-Adegren.