These first five years since I started designing and making the rugs have been just wonderful. Full of wonder and support from people who believed in my art and last but not least working for and with great clientele. At first the rugs where made under the name Elivogar ehf but after 2013 under Shanko Rugs.
The first time the rugs were exhibited they were spotted by the high-end design magazine ELLE Interiör and the rug “Leap” was featured in their May issue of 2012. At the same venue, DesignMarch 2012, the rugs where also noticed by the world’s trend authority ” wgsn.com “. WGSN chose the rugs as one of the top 10 trend design of the show. “öö-was-it-a-dream Authentic Luxury” in Helsinki invited to exhibit the rugs that same spring. And then the ball started rolling.
Today the high-end Shanko Rugs are sought after for their luxury hand made touch and the unique design.
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.
Invited by Syrusson DesignHouse to show my latest creation “Sleipnir” at their stand at Hafnarhus Reykjavik Art Museum at the DesignMarch 2016.
This time I decided to look for inspiration in our heritage and chose the eight legged horse “Sleipnir” that belonged to Odin the Norse god. I desited to dig deeper and did some research on Viking fibulas and other jewlery. The outcome was this purple rug “Sleipnir” in solid colour of purple with heavy cutting and finishing by hand as usual.
Following photos show the work progress leading leading up to the DesignMarch.
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.
It was wonderful surprise to be contacted by the representatives from Florence Design Week in January last. Such an honour to be invited to take part in this prestigious event in on of the most beautiful city.
The work that will be exhibited in Florence must be at the edge of design. And that is how the lava fall was born a rug inspired by molting lava falling from a hight of 12 meters. This piece is only two meters high falling from a wall to be spread onto the floor forward ca. 90 cm.I thought this piece needed some support and decided to make a twin work to go with it. What I chose to do is a glacier. Not surprising as most of our volcanos are under glaciers.
It is still a work in progress…
more later on the progress for Florence Design Week 2015.
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 rug ” OK ” exhibited in Stuen, Scandinavian Cultural Center at PLU, Tacoma
The rug ” OK ” was inspired by the glacier OK, the smallest glacier in Icleand. It is about one hour drive from Reykjavik in a valley called “Kaldidalur” or “The Cold valley” and believe me it is a cold place but at the same time beutiful in it’s bleakness.
Two weeks into the exhibtiion at the SCC in Tacoma I read in the Icelandic news paper online that the glacier OK had been down grated from being a glacier to a mountain. The ice cap had nearly melted away.
Here are photos of the rug OK on the frame in the making, out in nature and in front og the red chair made by Syrusson a designer in Iceland
On the frame in the making at the studio in Reykjavik, Iceland