Det Gyldne Blad that I, Stephanie Donsø am the artist-maker of which is a personal little artistic brand full of storytelling that is - more or less - in all that I do. I think of my work as something that exist in that little gap or intersection where art, illustration and crafts meet, connects, and sometimes overlap each other. That's where I find most freedom to create and not think about which category my work belongs to - or fit in. Cause it really isn't about fitting in. My work grows from my reflections upon life, childhood memories, the subconscious, folktales, comics, folk art, and the ever-changing seasons of the year.
I work independently from my home studio as an illustrator and artist, balancing commercial jobs with self-initiated projects alongside running this web shop and cooperating with selected art and gift shops. Sometimes I exhibit and participate on markets. I like to work with several materials, which is a curiosity that goes all the way back to early childhood where I not only liked to draw (which I did a lot though) but also enjoyed sewing, paper cutting and glue things together. Working creatively and with my art is an ongoing process for me. At times I switch a lot between tasks while at other times I mostly work on one thing at a time. I tend to get a lot of ideas and sometimes have to control myself to not start to many things all at once. I could do with 34 hours a day.
I don’t know life without working with art in some way or without thinking of art and don’t want to. If it was the case, I’m sure I’d be losing a big part of myself.
I live in Denmark close to forests and lakes with my two kids, my husband Thomas, two cats and five chickens in the garden. Within the last year Thomas and I have been working on rebuilding our house from 1959 which also include a new studio space for me - not a big one, but big enough to invite people in by appointment and I can’t wait. This will also enable me to offer pick-up service in my shop for customers who live nearby and would like to save the shippings costs.
If you would like to you can find more about my art on www.stephaniedonsoe.com.
Thank you for stopping by!
All the best
I held a BA with honors degree in Fine Art from Colchester School of Art & Design in England.
I'm a member of
Danish Visual Artists (BKF/Billedkunstnernes Forbund)
Danish Authors Society & Illustrators (Dansk Forfatterforening & Illustratorer).
Right now I'm participating as the Summer group show
at Galleri Heike Arndt in Denmark, Kettinge until the 30th of september 2022.
Potteriets Høstmarked, Allerød 3.- 4. September 2022
Fredensborg Slotsmarked, Fredensborg 10th of September 2022
More info to come regarding Christmas markets
I've have exhibited within Denmark and abroad in England, France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands (for more exact info on this visit stephaniedonsoe.com) I have done editorial work (and would love to do more) and illustrated a number of light-reading books for the book publishers Straarup & Co and Turbine Forlaget as well as other illustrative tasks. Det Gyldne Blad items have also been featured in Danish lifestyle magazines such as BoligLiv, Vores Børn and Strandvejs Magasinet.
In cooperation with Fairytell.dk (now Podimo) I have published my own children's ebook and so years back. I dream very much of getting my own children stories published (with my own illustrations) so I write very often but would of course also love to illustrate that story of another writer that match my work.
I also teach art courses now and then.
Years ago I did a profession degree in Psychometrician Therapy. Together with my art it combines my interest in childhood and our emotional life as well as how the body and mind connect and interfere with each other.