Happy 4th birthday, Crumelurs!
Today is the happy 4th birthday of the first Crumelurs, Dragon & Ops! And their story began as turns in life usually do when listening to the inner voice speaking from deep inside, acknowledging it, and going with the flow. Where you end up most of the time is pretty amazingly surprisingly unexpected. And how good things then happen.
I’ve been trying our different art forms throughout life but never could find the material that was a perfect fit. That was until the day I went to a store to get a small frying pan I had wanted for some time. The brick-and-mortar shop had various things, and I got stuck by the paper and pens. Alcohol-based markers and a special paper to go with them that I had never tried. So, after arguing shortly with myself, I got them. And started drawing. I loved it! One drawing led to another, and I Increased the number of colors and got some black fine liners.
A couple of months after I bought the first pens, I passed by an artist’s shop on a business trip in Stockholm, walking back to the hotel. I got some more colors and returned to the hotel to make some calls. And as I’ve done my whole life, I was phone doodling, now with the new pens. And suddenly, a character started to take form. Nothing like I had drawn before. I finished off the call and continued drawing. I couldn’t stop. And there was Dragon & Ops!
Drawing the Crumelurs gets me into this special flow I always experience drawing them. A state of being when time and space disappear. Since then, Crumelurs of all kinds, shapes, colors, and different worlds keep drawing themselves. I never know how the drawing will end up, and it’s always like going on an adventure when drawing.
And from there, a remarkable journey began. I had some exhibitions in the next nine months and sold prints and other merchandise. And I got into Krinova Science Park to grow the concept. Then came covid, and I got diagnosed with cancer.
I was so fortunate to have my Crumelurs to help me move through surgeries, chemo, and rehab for the past three years, as they keep me smiling and feeling good. I’ve had several more exhibitions during this time as well as a webshop. It’s time to move on, and I don’t know what the next step will be. For now, I continue to play and draw the Crumelurs, and we’ll see where they show up in months to come. And what new projects might come from time spent with them on the drawing board?
So, what’s especially good for you today to enjoy?