About Sven-Åke Risfjell 2018-05-14T10:10:21+00:00

Sven-Åke Risfjell

sven-ake-risfjell-2My name is Sven-Åke Risfjell. I was born 1950 in Vilhelmina, South Lapland where I also grew up. My Lappish roots descends from my grandmother in Tärnaby and from my grandfather in Vilhelmina.The name Risfjell goes back to my familys old lappish residense in Tärnaby.

I´ve been in the Sami handicraft profession since 1980, working in the handicraft tradition of forming and engraving patterns typical for the south Lappish,Sami area, to which Vilhelmina belongs. My teacher was Bengt Tomasson Dikanäs who was trained by the master Arthur Jillker. Besides traditionally handicrafting I also invent new designs where I transfer old knowledge to new products of todays needs

Beside my handicrafting I have my own shop together with my wife Doris, previously located in the old churchtown area in Vilhelmina with a magnificent view over lake Volgsjön and mount Blaikfjället. Since 2016 you will find us at Volgsjövägen 46 along road E45 in the centre of Vilhelmina. This shop includes a gallery with handicraft from my own production, a Lappish, Sami museiroom containing an exhibition of Lappish,Sami history, folklore and antique utensils from the Lappish, Sami culture that I´ve been collecting through many years. In the gallery you can also see the world biggest Lappish, Samiknife which I made in 1996.

Official decorations

  • Ájtte museum
  • Lovosero museum
  • Samiske samlinger Karasjok
  • Vilhelmina museum
  • Etnografiska museet
  • Levinsgården Gäddede
  • Arts of the Arctic
  • CD-cover Intrigue, Heavyjoik
  • Award winning commercial, Her own way, Volvo

Sven-Åke Risfjell

”Vueltjere Duodji”, is an organisation I´ve founded Vilhelmina , where I´ve realized several projects such as archeological research in sameland, research in saminames of places and villages, building a sami village in Vilhelmina with traditional Lappish, Sami houses.

During the years I´ve been activ in several sami organisations such as; ”Sameslöjdsstiftelsen Sami Duodji” as the chairman, member of the committe ”Same Ätnam”, additonal member of SHR, member in the committe of ”Nämnden för hemslöjdsfrågor” under the gouvernment. I´ve also had the privilege to participate as a samihandicraftteacher in a Sidaproject in Peninsula Island in Russia. To my great satisfaction I´ve also been abel to take part in several well-known exhibitions in Sweden as well as abroad for example Panama, Alaska, Denmark and Island.

Exhibitions

  • Umeå Västerbottens museum 1981
  • Sundsvall 1984
  • Panama 1984
  • Köpenhamn Sami duodji 1984
  • Nordisk sameslöjdsutställning 1985 Vandringsutställning Trondheim,Grönland,Island
  • Falköping Falbygdens museum 1988
  • Paris 1989
  • Mariefred 1990
  • Svensk hemslöjd Sthlm 1988,1990
  • Dramaten Sthlm 1992
  • Arts from the Arctic 1994 Rovaniemi, Anchorage, Tromsö, Yakutsk…..
  • Sky City Arlanda 1994
  • Västerås konstmuseum 1996
  • Sunne 2001
  • Liljevalchs Konsthall Stockholm 2005″Vårsalongen Formbart”
  • Vilhelmina FH 2005
  • Örebro Wadköpingsrummet Min egen jubileumsutställning ”Sinnlighet” i KHVC:s regi 2006
  • Sami Duodji butiksrundan 2006
  • Jokkmokk Ajjtte museum 2006
  • Östersund Jamtli museum2006
  • Färöarna Torshavn 2006
  • La Rochelle Frankrike 2006
  • Åre Alpina VM 2007
  • KHVC Konstantverkets dag Vilhelmina 2007
  • Örnsköldsvik 2007
  • Borlänge 2007
  • Island 2001-2007,2013
  • Hay Lake Canada 2008
  • Gustavsberg 2008
  • KHVC och riksutställningars vandringsutställning ”100 tankar om konsthantverk” 2005-2008
  • Hven konsthall 2009
  • Dorotea konsthall 2009
  • Skansen 2010-2013 vid Samernas Nationaldag, påsk och julmarknad
  • Örebro 2010 Wadköpingsrummet KHVC ”Flower Power”
  • Ajtte museum Jokkmokk 2010 ”Det gamla nåjdmönstret”
  • Ajtte museum Jokkmokk 2011 ” Tidlöst gränsland”
  • Västerbottens museum Umeå”Tidlöst gränsland 2011
  • Västerbottens museum Umeå ”Samiska veckan” 2012,2013
  • Funäsdalen Lopme Nastie 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Lycksele bibliotek Samiska veckan 2011
  • Slöjdarnas Hus 2011
  • Örnsköldsviks museum Orrestaare 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Skansen 2010-2013 vid Samernas nationaldag, påsk och julmarknad
  • Gotland Sanda församling 2011
  • Kramfors konsthall 2012
  • Robertsfors konsthall 2013