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.
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.
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.
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.
This summer I had the pleasure of three young artist from the Ball State University visiting me. They were working on a project that required them to travel to Iceland in an exploration of conciousness and sustainability.
They were very keen to learn all about the rugs and the Icelandic wool and why it is important for me to use the wool produced here in Iceland. We had fun and to answer their inquisitive questions was my pleasure. However I will enclose a link to their blog about the visit. The blog is under the title Rendevouz with Rugs
Oops.. for some reason I can not use the link for the Resensitize website… it will be fixed as soon as possible.
All this volcano activity here in Iceland is inspiring me for new line of rugs. I am learning new words from our geo-scientists like ” Dike intrusion ” and at the same time getting to know area of my country that I would not have paid attention to normaly and that is “Holuhraun” (or in English lava with holes in it ). Holuhraun lava field was greated in similar eruption in 1797.
When the lava similar that is erupting in Holuhraun runs slowly it can form wonderful motives like in the photo I took in another lava field that is ca. 30 minutes drive from Reykjavik.
I think it could be interesting motive for a rug. I will give it a try anyway and post the outcome here later.