Pettersen is working on the development of woven fabrics in which various materials, construction and expression are adapted to function and context. Digital drawing tools are used as a basis for further experiments in the material. His methods include making his own patterns and motives transformed into woven structures for industrial jacquard looms. He is working with interior textiles as well as fabric for garments and finished items like shawls and throws. Commission works and reconstruction of old textiles have given new experience and knowledge useful for contemporary developments.
Artistic Development. Exhibitions.
During recent years Pettersen has been working on a project called “Throw. Textiles in motion.” Its aim was to develop artistic expressions and new knowledge related to functional textiles. This was part of a larger project “Future Textiles” in which he and his colleagues Hilde Hauan Johnsen and Ingrid Aarset were working together with separate projects ending up as two major exhibitions called “Tech-stiles”: Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum (Sept -Oct 2012) and The Art Museum of Northern Norway (Oct 2012 – Jan 2013) at Rom 8 in Bergen he showed his own project as part of the final presentation of the project. In 2011 he had his solo exhibition at the gallery of Fredrikstad Art Society.
At present his clients are mainly the weaving company Krivivev AS, Tingvoll and Lucky Seide, Co, Ltd, Thailand. The contribution to their collections are based on their qualities in wool and silk used in electronic jacquard loom. The domestic market for national costumes has lead to a number of developments to meet the need of reconstructed old patterns. Technical registration and reconstruction of interior fabric for UN Security Council and the Oslo City Hall is part of his experience.
As associate professor at Bergen Academy of Art and Design Pettersen is offering his lectures and tutoring in the subject basic and digital weaving.
Computer controlled looms with jacquard allows for the designing of free patterns and motives in a woven structure. To take advantage of the technology require basic and specialized introduction to weave construction. Methods of color mixing give additional and useful tools in building up a motif in a woven surface.
Through many years the Department of Design, in collaboration with Jon Pettersen has developed a study program where textiles are examined in the meeting with other materials. Both the functional aspect and the expressive potential have been in focus and represent an open approach between the departments of art and design.
From his employments at several Norwegian textile companies Pettersen has a large industrial network. From the teaching and collaborations with other institutions he knows many professionals in the field. Former students from many years back add to the list of people who know him.
One special international program called European Textile Trainee ETT has been important to develop the contact between schools and industry in Europe. Pettersen has taken part in the introduction courses in at Audax Textile Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands.
In the project “Weaving across boarders” he will co-operate with his colleague Hege Bratsberg at KHiO to put up an exhibition of woven textiles at Nanjing Yunjin Museum of China. This is a starting event for a co-operation including students from both academies ending up with a show during the youth Olympic games in Nanjing August 2014.
Professor Jon Pettersen received the “Award for Exellent Design 2007″ by the Norwegian Design Council in cooperation with furniture designers Norway Says. The price he received for furniture fabric with a three-dimensional shell structure, “Scalo”.
Works of Jon Pettersen is part of the collection of Museum of Applied Art in Bergen and The Art Museum of Northern Norway.
“Applied Art and Design in the middle of last century Norway”. Article for Vesterheim Magazine, USA. 2013.
“The Norwegian Textile Art Field – Pioneers and Contemporary Context.” Article for the catalogue NOR TH, Converging Lines, commissioned by the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok 2005.
“Bird. Study and analysis of a jacquard woven fabric by William Morris from 1878.” KHiB 2000
“Tekstilkunnskap på sotteseng” Interview in the magazine Norsk Husflid. Spring 2013.
“Tech-stiles” Catalogue related to the exhibitions at SFKM & NNKM 2012.
“Tekstilenes tilstand“ by Espen Johansen in SOFT Magazine 2012.
“Høyteknologisk tekstilkunst” by Stine Lundblad, SOFT Magazine 2012.
“En tekstildesigner trer frem”. Interview by Christer Dynna, Kunsthåndverk Magazine No 2-3 2011.