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.
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
A photo of the rugs “Lambatungujokull glacier” and “Holuhraun Day 19” being set up for the event at the Saatchi Gallery.
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
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
Karl busy filming the rugs “Langjokull galcier” and the “Tungnaa Leap” with my latest work “Fin by Finn” to the far left.
Gisli deciding on the watercolour sketches to be filmed.
Karl preparing to film the sketches
Karl shooting the rugs from all angles
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.
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.
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.
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.
” 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.