Doris Risfjell

My name is Doris Risfjell. I was born in Vilhelmina. Before I worked in our own company Risfjells Samihandicraft I was a teacher for 17 years and 7 years as comissioner of Vilhelmina museum. In our company we present the Lappish, Sami culture with handicraft, shop, guided tours and a Lappish, Sami museum.

In the company I also use my creativity with my handicraft, music and weaving to share my thoughts about life and how the environment of South Lappland affects our lives. From my inner self to an external reality I use  oil painting and weaving to share feelings and thoughts.

An other way to present my feelings is through jojk and songs. Finnmork is the name of my musicgroup. Our speciality is jojk drums and throatsong. O in my husbands and my workshop

Our handicrafting takes place in our workshop we have built at our home in Malgonäs Vilhelmina. There we have an inspiring atmosphere for creating where we live near the nature with a marvelleus view over the lake Malgomaj to 100 km away were the mountain Marsfjällen rices in the horizon


  • Galleri 88 80-talet
  • Folkets Hus Milleniumhjulet 2000
  • Island 2001-2007, 2013
  • La Rochelle Frankrike 2006
  • Färöarna 2006
  • Borlänge 2007
  • KHVC Konsthantverkets dag Vilhelmina 2007
  • Åre Alpina VM 2007
  • Gustavsberg 2008
  • Hay Lake Canada2008
  • Dorotea konsthall 2009
  • Skansen 2010,-2013 vid Samernas Nationaldag, påsk och julmarknad
  • Funäsdalen Lopme Naesteie2011-2013
  • Västerbottens museum Samiska veckan 2011-2013
  • Örnsköldsviks museum 2011-2013
  • Jokkmokk Ajjtte museum 2010, 2011
  • Kramfors konsthall 2012
  • Robertsfors konsthall 2013
  • Utsmyckning: Umeå Restaurang Viktoria (textilier)
  • Utsmyckning: Gäddede Levinsgården (olja, bildväv, textilier)
  • Vilhelmina kommuns kulturstipendium 2009

Once upon a time a securitas guard and a teacher

Sven-Åke – In 1980 I decided to follow the dream I had since I was a little boy. Inspired of my Lappish inheritance I started my own company and begun to do samihandicraft full time. My first workshop I prepared in my familys garage at Storgatan in the old churchtown in Vilhelmina.

1994 I opened my shop in my family house next to the garage. My time was devoted to nothing else than handicrafting and running my shop.

Doris – Even I let my childhood dream come through when I graduated as a teacher 1978. After that followed many years in a beloved profession. I also had some exiting years as director of Vilhelmina museum. There I met a samihandicrafter by name Sven-Åke Risfjell.

1996 “ A knock of the stars” That lead to Risfjells Sameslöjd growth from one to two worker. That gave new possibilities to provide the company to become the agency of samiculture it is today. We run our gallery as an extended arm of the handicraft. In our shop and gallery you can enjoy our own products, gifts, our museum with our own collection of old lappish/sami items and we also offer you information about the lappish/sami culture.