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Welcome to Aric Jorn Studios

 

I am a narrative artist whose mission is to explore, preserve and share Norse mythology and culture of the Viking Age. Through my sculptures, I seek to interpret the continued relevance of the culture and myths to a modern audience.

 

I invite you to be part of this mission by exploring this site, joining the online community and studio events, sharing this site with others and, if you are inclined, supporting my work by purchasing a piece or becoming a Patreon supporter.

We're Officially Funded!  


On January 28, I launched the first piece in my new “Viking Artifact” series through Kickstarter's Make100 program and by the end of the first day of this 30-day launch, it has already received 237% FUNDING! This means that the project is officially a go and I want to thank all of you who backed it on opening day! 

 

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I'll be adding some exciting stretch goals to the project this week. If backing for the project continues to grow, these stretch goals will enable us to add things like pure silver leaf and twisted silver wire to the hilt/pommel and/or expanding the accompanying booklet to include substantially more photos/information.

 

The Viking Artifact series is envisioned as a collection of sculptural reliefs with an overall appearance inspired by historical artifacts, design motifs that echo the myths/sagas, and my own artistic interpretation. They are meant to look like something recently unearthed by an archeologist to hang in a museum while also carrying meaningful story elements hidden in its design.

 

The piece on Kickstarter is a sword in the style of the one featured above. The companion piece – an equally aged Viking spearhead – is available for pre-order in the studio store. If you choose to buy both, I will make sure the edition numbers match.

There is still time to support this project (it ends February 27 or whenever all swords have been claimed) Check it out on our Kickstarter page.

The Final Piece in the Series: 
Thor’s Goats: Tanngrisnir & Tanngnjóstr

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This is the final piece in the Mythic Pairs series. Joining "Odin’s Ravens," "The Wolves of Ragnarok," and "Freyja's Cats" – "Thor’s Goats" is presented in cold-cast copper, brass and nickel silver and is limited to 150 signed and numbered castings.

Thor’s goats, Tanngrisnir (“Teeth Gnasher”) and Tanngnjóstr (“Teeth Grinder”), pull Thor’s flying chariot whenever he leaves Asgard to travel the nine realms. The goats also sustain Thor when no other food source is readily available. He can eat his goats in the evening and then resurrect them the next morning good as new by waving his hammer, Mjolnir, over the bones and commanding the goats to be whole again.

With the addition of "Thor's Goats," the Mythic Pairs series is now complete. To celebrate, nine full sets of all four pieces in the Mythic Pairs series are now available. All pieces in this extremely limited set are matched number artists proofs. 

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The Mini Myth Collection

Standing at a pocket-sized two-to-three inches tall, each Mini Myth represents a god, hero or creature from Norse Mythology making them the perfect size for your desk, shelf, or travel altar. One new piece is added to the collection each month. Mini Myths are available individually through the studio ​store or as a Myth of the Month subscription

 

Wave 15 of the Mini Myth Collection is now publicly available and includes:

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Gunnlod
Suttungr's daughter who was forced by her father to spend her days in the center of a mountain protecting her father's mead.

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Suttungr
A greedy jötunn who upon catching his parents' killers (Fjalar & Galar), accepted the Mead of Poetry in compensation.

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A pair of dwarves who killed Kvasir (from whose blood they made the Mead of Poetry) as well as Suttungr's parents.  

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A GREAT GIFT IN ANY SEASON 

Aric Jorn Studio gift cards are delivered by email instantly or on the date of your choosing along with your personal message.

 

Valid for two years from the date of purchase and available in the amount of your choice, gift cards are a perfect and easy gift for any art lover.   

One artist's journey of discovery ​through Norse art & Viking myth

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I have loved mythology all my life and currently devote most of my artistic energies to sharing the stories told over 1000 years ago by the Vikings. Oddly, despite being Scandinavian, I grew up with little knowledge of my heritage or the depth, originality and richness of Norse mythology. When I began to explore it as an adult, I came to realize not only how captivating and uniquely satisfying their beliefs, traditions and stories were but also how much of it is gone. Like so many oral-based traditions of ages past, when ancient Scandinavia eventually succumbed to a different culture's beliefs - in this case, Christianity - most of this fascinating culture was forever lost to us. What remains are enticing fragments, curious artifacts, and tales of dubious provenance. As Neil Gaiman put it in his recent book, Norse Mythology, "I can imagine the stories but I cannot tell their tales ... they are lost, or buried, or forgotten."

Despite everything we've lost, much of what we know is highly accurate, particularly in the form of physical artifacts which offer clear examples of the Viking aesthetic as it manifested in their woodcarving, silversmithing, shipbuilding and the design of their weapons and armor as well as the textiles, burial rites and general structure of their society. But some of the things most closely associated with the Vikings turn out to be false or grossly altered to fit stereotypes. A handful of 19th century artists and composers including Richard Wagner are the likely source for the fallacy that Vikings had horns on their helmets. Some of the core source material used to study Norse mythology today was written a hundred or more years after the Viking Age had ended by people like Snorri Sturlason, author of the Prose Edda, who it is widely suspected revised the tales in order for them to be palatable to his largely Christian audience. Still more confusion has been stirred up through the borrowing of Viking mythology to create new tales (Marvel Comics, for instance, portrays the Aesir Gods as aliens from a distant planet). Even television series like History Channel's Vikings - for all they get right - portray the Norsemen in the black biker-leather-like-armor currently fashionable in movies when the reality of Viking dress was much more colorful and sophisticated.

I am not suggesting that there is anything wrong with using Norse mythology and culture as the basis or inspiration for new creative tales - the Vikings did this themselves after all and so do I. It is a rare and wonderful setting for artists to play in and expand upon, but as we play and borrow and delight in these stories - new and old alike - we should acknowledge that the resulting line between who the Vikings really were and who they have become in our collective imaginations is often a blurry one.

There is no way to know with any certainty whether my interpretation of a given character or story is entirely accurate and, as an artist, absolute accuracy is not always my main goal. Still, with every piece I create, I attempt to embody the spirit of my ancestors and interpret through my art the essence and meaning of the stories they left behind. I would like to think that the resulting work would be at least familiar to those who originated the tales over a millennium ago and that they would smile at me in recognition of a kindred spirit.

​~Aric Jorn

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