Nora Westjord was born and raised in Topeka. She is graduating from Washburn University this Summer, with a BFA in studio arts and printmaking. She has many art related hobbies. This summer Nora has learned to enjoy hand-sewing little stuffed animals and jewelry making. She also does beekeeping for a hobby. This August she’ll move to San Diego, California, with her boyfriend. Nora is looking for positions as an assistant art curator or hopefully something in a gallery setting or printshop. She is also building up her art portfolio in the hope that in the future she’ll be able to illustrate books.
Q & A with Nora
What is your favorite thing to eat at lunch?
Typically, I’m in class or work during lunch time so I push it back or just have a brunch. I’m a big fan of salads and usually will have that or a piece of toasted bread with goat cheese and sliced dry meats.
If you were a book character, who would you be?
I don’t know if I relate too much to many characters since I usually disagree with a lot of things many of them do or say, but that’s part of the fun of books. I’d love to be as intelligent and interesting as Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple, but I think realistically I might be a bit more like Mr. Darcy. Mostly because I’ve been told I can seem kind of intimidating or standoffish when people don’t know me, but I really try to go out of my way to be helpful and nice to people I know.
If there were 8 more hours in a day, how would you spend them?
I think I’d end up sleeping more, or just reading books and playing video games. But it would be nice to get more practice in each day for my artwork. I always put it off for other things and end up upset that I didn’t paint a little or try something new like beadwork. I’d also want to practice my Norwegian language skills. My dad is a Norwegian immigrant, and I grew up with it. I understand it all and can read it, but never learned to speak it as well as I would like.