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DesignMarch 2017 Maelifellshnjukur

“Maelifellshnjukur” at the DesignMarch Reykjavik 2017

 “Maelifellshnjukur” will be exhibited along with “Snaefellsjokull Glacier” at the new build Medical Museum, Seltjarnarnes at DesignMarch 2017.

This time I decided to show two large work and both bespoke.  The latest one is “Maelifellshnjukur” 2m long by 80cm high and “Snaefelsjokull” 3,3m long by 80cm high.  Owners of both works wanted their favourite mountain to be hand tufted for a designated wall area.  Noice reduction was a factor that needed to look into when creating art work for a minimalist interior.  Neither work has been shown in public before and it will be exciting to get feedback.

The first five years of rugs made by Sigrun Lara Shanko

First high end magazine Elle Interiör 2012

These first five years since I started designing and making the rugs have been just wonderful.  Full of wonder and support from people who believed in my art and last but not least working for and with great clientele.  At first the rugs where made under the name Elivogar ehf but after 2013 under Shanko Rugs.

The first time the rugs were exhibited they were  spotted by the high-end design magazine ELLE Interiör and the rug “Leap” was featured in their May issue of 2012.  At the same venue, DesignMarch 2012, the rugs where also noticed by the world’s trend authority ” wgsn.com “.  WGSN chose the rugs as one of the top 10 trend design of the show.   “öö-was-it-a-dream Authentic Luxury”  in Helsinki invited to exhibit the rugs that same spring.  And then the ball started rolling.

Today the high-end Shanko Rugs are sought after for their luxury hand made touch and the unique design.

Snaefellsjokull Glacier by Shanko Rugs

Snaefellsjokull glacier

Wonderful challenge a commissioned work ” Snaefellsjokull glacier in Iceland.  This glacier can be seen from Reykjavik when you look to the north west across the sea.  It is situated at the Snaefellsnes penninsula and is famous for being the entrance to the centre of the earth in the movie with the title Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.

The wall space is 5 meters and the work ended up being 3.35 meters long instead of 3 meters but that was fine with the owners and I knew the wall space could take that too.  After streching the canvas I marked out guidlines for the size of the work and started placing white colour here and there to get a feel for the size.. and quickily the work grew and took on it’s own character… I wanted to show the glacier as it is in fall when it is start snowing again or in spring when the snow is melting.  When I was happy with the work I called the owners and they gave me the thumbs up so I cut it down from the frame.  With this work I decided to hand cut with scissors the whole thing as it was for a wall it could do with a little ruggedness.   In the end it was mounted on quality palywood for easy haning of the art rug Snaefellnesjokull glacier.

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DesignMarch Reykjavik

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“Sleipnir” at the DesignMarch Reykjavik 2016

Invited by Syrusson DesignHouse to show my latest creation “Sleipnir” at their stand at Hafnarhus Reykjavik Art Museum at the DesignMarch 2016.

This time I decided to look for inspiration in our heritage and chose the eight legged horse “Sleipnir” that belonged to Odin the Norse god.  I desited to dig deeper and did some research on Viking fibulas and other jewlery.  The outcome was this purple rug “Sleipnir” in solid colour of purple with heavy cutting and finishing by hand as usual.

Following photos show the work progress leading leading up to the DesignMarch.

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At The Saatchi Gallery London

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The Saatchi Gallery London.

Friday Dec. 4th Shanko Rugs showcased two rugs at a private event hosted by The Rolls Royce Enthusiast Club at the Saatchi Gallery.  It was the launching of the RREC yearbook “Strive for Perfection – A Celebration of Design & Luxury “.  Such an honour and a privilidge to be part of such exclusive event.  There was not much time for photos but managed to make time for the photo below when setting up the exhibition.

It was a great success and a wonderful long week-end with hubby being pampered in a 5 star hotel in centre of London

Shanko Rugs feature in “Strive for Perfection – A Celebration of Design & Luxury”  2016

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A photo of the rugs “Lambatungujokull glacier” and “Holuhraun Day 19” being set up for the event at the Saatchi Gallery.

Rope Lava

The rug Rope Lava

This rug is 2 cm thick and then cut down to make a 3D effect in lava.  Here it is photographed at the Glacier Lagoon Jokulasarlon at Vatnajokul National Park.  This formation of lava called rope or pahoehoe lava can be seen in many places in Iceland.

Hand sculping the rug with scissors is very time consuming using different size of scissors to get the required 3D effect.  The colours used are slate grey, black, dark red, red, orange and yellow

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 The size of the Rope lava is ca. 90 cm x 90 cm

The Rug Holuhraun day 19

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Holuhraun Day 19         photo Grimur Bjarna.

This beautiful rug sculpture Holuhraun Day 19 will be exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery next December, more about the exhibition later.

This rug is worked under the influence of the eruption that took place at Holuhraun lava in the Vatnajokul National Park.  There was so much energy released, as always is, in that eruption that it has fuelled my imagination to create various lava rugs  I have been like under a spell.  I love that vast area of great beauty and danger.  Vatnajokull glacier has many volcanoes under its cap and therefore a lot of heat.  It is a fascinating place of constant change.

Other photos of the Holuhraun day 19

Holuhraun in the making.

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Holuhraun Day 19 – Close up

Designmarch Rugs Duo

Holuhraun Day 19 and Lambatungujokull glacier representing North and South of Vatnajokul National park.

National Television RUV Landinn

Gisli Helgason the host of Landinn and his cameraman Karl SIgtryggsson came to my studio last week for an interview.   They had such a relaxed dispostion that I totally forgot there was a camera running most of the time.  Lovely men and so interested in my work.  The interview took over four hours.  Landinn is a television show  part of the Icelandic national television RUV and is aired on prime time after Sunday dinner through out winter starting from next Sept. 13th.  Our episode was aired on the Sept. 20th and we are featured in the second segment.  It is all in Icelandic however I think you will enjoy our bit and the one before that showes magnificent glacier rivers and how they constantly changing the landscape.  Enjoy

Link to view Landinn

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 Gisli deciding on the watercolour sketches to be filmed.

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Karl preparing to film the sketches

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Karl shooting the rugs from all angles

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When Gisli saw this lava rug he instantly reacted and said “I know this one!” I looked at him perplexed as it was created purely out of my imagination.. then he continued “I was there when this lava stream fell from the edge of a cliff at the eruption at Fimmvorduhals in 2010”  Then he stroked it smiling like meeting an old friend.

It is not the first time I have people react to my rugs and when it happens my heart takes a leap of joy.

Thank you Landinn.

Dragon Lava rug at Reynisfjara

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The new rug Dragon Lava or in Icelandic Drekahraun photosession at Reynisfjara in s-Iceland.  This beautiful place is the perfect backdrop for the rugs.  Here the Dragon Lava rug is photographed with Reynisdrangar in the background.  We had to be 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 and we finished the photoshoot on time.

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            This beautiful hot lava rug Dragon Lava is made of pure Icelandic wool  and is of irregular size is: ca. 1,45 meters long and ca. 0,92 meters wide widest.

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