Solveig Labba - Arctic Indigenous Design Archives (AIDA)

Solveig Labba


Duojár and teacher

Solveig Labba (b. Blind) was born in 1959. She lives and has her studio in Badje Sohppar (Upper Soppero). Duodji has been part of her life since childhood, due to her growing up in a reindeer herding family. Many clothes tools used in the family were made by them. Already as a small girl she therefor made duodji. An approach that she has maintained in relation to her own children, who have often been involved in her creative process and have participated in various shows related to her works.

Solveig Labba has worked as a Sami handicraft consultant for Same Ätnam and also been chairmen for the board of Sameslöjdstiftelsen Sámi Duodji. She has written the book "Ávdnasis duodjin dipmaduodjesánit" together with Gunvor Guttorm and she has also published a children's book with songs. She is regularly a teacher in duodji at Sámi allaskuvla in Guovdageaidnu. The fact that children and learning are at the center of her work, is also visible in her collections of coats, dresses and caps for children.

Her working methods are based on a combination of the traditional knowledge that she has gained in her childhood, and the academic knowledge she has gained through higher education. Within her company, Solveig Labba works with duodji and design and she gives lectures and courses. She has displayed duodji in exhibitions and at fashion shows. She works on assignments from both the public sector and performers and she also regularly makes costumes for the Sámi theater.
Solveig Labba has participated in collection exhibitions and solo exhibitions around the Nordic region. In 2007, she received the Asa Kitok scholarship.

Solveig Labba's archive is rich and well-documented. It includes material from several exhibitions and fashion shows. Both sketches and thoughts about the exhibitions, material samples and some items from the exhibitions as well as information material and exhibition catalogs, are included. In addition there are sketches, photographs, newspaper articles and correspondence.