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 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.
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
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.
The volcano activity started on August 16th last and has been steadily going strong since. Luckily it is taking place in a very remote part of Iceland, Holuhraun north of Dyngjujokull Glacier and Bardabunga both in the north part of Vatnajokull glacier. No one know at this time what is going on in Bardarbunga volcano but there have been huge number of earthquakes 3 to 5.7. There are speculations that this might be a rumble and will stop or the volcano main caldera wil erupt and that will create a major natural disaster or eruption will happen elsewhere with slightly less disaster. The main concern at the moment is the blue haze of sulfur dioxide SO2 that, due to the wind, is over the wast coast of Iceland making people stay indoors as the gas is dangerous to their health. This gas comes out with the lava at Holuhraun eruption. We are all waiting for whatever will happen and hopefully this is it.
On lighter note the new lava and the eruption has been quite an inspiration for me and is one of the two rugs created out of this so far named ” Dike intrusion 2.2km” and “Holuhraun Lava Day 1”. Both to be shown for the first time at the exhibition Elements of Nature that will open at the Scandinavian Culture Center in Tacoma, Washington state, USA, Oct 1st.