The new rug Fin by Finn photosession at Reynisfjara in s-Iceland. we where there quite early to beat the tourists. We nearly did that however the 10 people enjoying the black lava beach were not in our way so everything went by the book.
Fin by Finn is worked in Icleandic wool and the size is ca. 2,3 meters long and ca. 0.70 meters wide.
On the frame today is lava. Today is the last long week-end of summer and most of the city people are out in the country so it is peace and quite all around. Great time to work on the new rug that is on the frame today.
” A wing of a fallen angel” This is beginning of a new rug with working title or is it a form of something else.. only time will tell. In the mean time it is my pure enjoyment to see it to come to life on the frame. The colours will be in the shade from blackish grey to greyish white and as always I am working with the rare Icelandic wool. But is this a fallen angel ?
The shading of the wing of the fallen angel is comming togehter and I am nearly there…
We at Shanko Rugs are over the moon to be part of Florence Design Week 2015. The rugs will be displayed at the beautiful Grand Hotel Minerva, Florence. Who does not whant to be in Italy in late May early June I ask you and what a treat. Florence is always one of the great cities of the world to visit.
Looking forward to see you at the Florence Design Week.
This year we, Thora my new studio mate, and I will have a Open Studio Day. These events are specially for foreign visitors seeking different experience in Iceland, getting closer to the artists and their work. This is the fourth time since January that we have Open Studio Day and also the largest group so far counting six visitors plus their guide. To open our studio really gives us joy. These photos are from the fourth Open Studio Day that was today April 1st.
My latest work Holuhraun Lava Day 19
Lambatungujokull glacier and Holuhraun Lava Day 19
Work by Thora Björk Schram inspired by hot springs
Despite the worst storm this winter we have had many visitors that breaved the weather. Pre-launch of the two rugs that will be exhibited at the Florence Design Week this May. Here they are, “North & south or Hot & cold or Ice & fire you can pick your name. The name I gave them is “Holuhraun day 19” and “Lambatungujokull glacier”.
Lambatungujokull. Size: 2,97 meters long by 1 meter wide. Material; Icelandic wool
Holuhraun day 19. Size: 2,97 meters long by 1 meter wide. Material; Icelandic wool
It was wonderful surprise to be contacted by the representatives from Florence Design Week in January last. Such an honour to be invited to take part in this prestigious event in on of the most beautiful city.
The work that will be exhibited in Florence must be at the edge of design. And that is how the lava fall was born a rug inspired by molting lava falling from a hight of 12 meters. This piece is only two meters high falling from a wall to be spread onto the floor forward ca. 90 cm.I thought this piece needed some support and decided to make a twin work to go with it. What I chose to do is a glacier. Not surprising as most of our volcanos are under glaciers.
It is still a work in progress…
more later on the progress for Florence Design Week 2015.
The first project in 2015 is “Runes in Rug” with text written in runes or Fuþark (named after the first 6 letters in the rune row). This is my sketch of a standing stone similar to the magnificent stones left by the Vikings and can be seen all over Scandinavia, specially Norway, Sveden and Denmark.
Runes in rug at the studio in Reykjavik
The text I use is vers nr. 18 from Havamal – Words of Odin the High One – from Sæmundar Edda. Translated by Olive Bray
He knows alone who has wandered wide,
and far has fared on the way,
what manner of mind a mand doth own,
who is wise of head and heart.
and in Icelandic :
Sá einn veit
er víða ratar
og hefur um fjöld farið
stýrir gumna hver
sá er vitandi er vits
The size of this art rug is 110 cm by 190 cm. Material is precious Icelandic sustainable wool.