Randi Bjorge

In 1952 the Bjorge family emigrated from Bergen, Norway to Salt Lake.  Academically trained in design, Randi Bjorge was an expert on ancient religious textiles, folk clothing and rosepainting, the decorative painting tradition that has distinguished Norwegian furniture and woodwork for centuries.  She knitted this sweater for her husband, Kjell, when they were courting and he wore it for a number of years.  It features one of the many traditional designs Randi documented in western Norweigan communities. 

Her gloves, featuring the dates 1896 and 1996, commemorate Utah's Centennial.  The Bjorges have been very active in Salt Lake's Norwegian community and in 1972 Randi designed a Norse-style obelisk that was erected in Jordan Park " in memory of their homeland and with a prayer of peace."


Randi Bjorge
Norwegian Knitted Sweat...
Randi Bjorge
Norwegian Mittens
Randi Bjorge
Norwegian-style Rose Pa...