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.
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
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.