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Snaefellsjokull Glacier by Shanko Rugs

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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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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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Designmarch Reykjavik 2015

Designmarch Reykjavik 2015

Designmarch Reykjavik 2015 has arrived.

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”.

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The first project in 2015 Runes in Rug

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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.

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Runes in rug at the studio in Reykjavik

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The text I use is vers nr. 18 from Havamal – Words of Odin the High One – from Sæmundar Edda.  Translated by Olive Bray

18.

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

hverju geði

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.

 

 

Icelandic National Horse Show at Hella

Things have been quite hectic since the Icelandic National Horse Show at Hella therfore I am a little behind with this post.

The weather was one of the worst we had experienced in mid summer here in Iceland but that did not stop us all having fun and enjoying the country most beautiful horses.  We embraced all the weather gods threw at us.  At time we had to put on all the clothing that we had with us just to stay warm then a sudden change in the weather and we had to shed most of the clothing we had already put on!  But that is Iceland for you very unreliable weatherwise.

My mini rugs “Sit on Iceland” were a welcome addition in the vendors tent and they kept their new owners warm while sitting on the holl slope watching the horses compete surounded by beautiful rugged Icelandic nature.  I could not have asked for better weather condition to test these wonderful mini rugs outside.  The Sit on Iceland came through with flying colurs and very good feed back from happy new owners.

After this successful show I am looking forward to join the team of vendors and horse lovers again in 2016.