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Rope Lava

The rug Rope Lava

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

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 The size of the Rope lava is ca. 90 cm x 90 cm

The Rug Holuhraun day 19

Holuhraun Day 19

Holuhraun Day 19         photo Grimur Bjarna.

This beautiful rug sculpture Holuhraun Day 19 will be exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery next December, more about the exhibition later.

This rug is worked under the influence of the eruption that took place at Holuhraun lava in the Vatnajokul National Park.  There was so much energy released, as always is, in that eruption that it has fuelled my imagination to create various lava rugs  I have been like under a spell.  I love that vast area of great beauty and danger.  Vatnajokull glacier has many volcanoes under its cap and therefore a lot of heat.  It is a fascinating place of constant change.

Other photos of the Holuhraun day 19

Holuhraun in the making.

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Holuhraun Day 19 - Close up

Holuhraun Day 19 – Close up

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Holuhraun Day 19 and Lambatungujokull glacier representing North and South of Vatnajokul National park.

National Television RUV Landinn

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

Link to view Landinn

shanko-rugs-DSC_1769-Sigrun-72-300Karl busy filming the rugs “Langjokull galcier”  and the “Tungnaa Leap” with my latest work “Fin by Finn” to the far left.

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 Gisli deciding on the watercolour sketches to be filmed.

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Karl preparing to film the sketches

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Karl shooting the rugs from all angles

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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.

Thank you Landinn.

The making of the Millennium Lava Rug

Here we will follow the making of the Millennium Lava rug from the sketch on paper to the finished product, this amazing rug.

This rug was commissioned by people who visit Iceland often and have fallen in love with it.  The rug should remind them of iceland and also fit well into their beautiful designed apartment.

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