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.
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
Karl busy filming the rugs “Langjokull galcier” and the “Tungnaa Leap” with my latest work “Fin by Finn” to the far left.
Gisli deciding on the watercolour sketches to be filmed.
Karl preparing to film the sketches
Karl shooting the rugs from all angles
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.
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.
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
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
It is my pleasure to invite you to the reception on Oct. 16th ” Elements of Power ” at the Scandinavian Cultural Center at the PLU in Tacoma where I will give a talk about my art rugs at exhibition. The reception is beween 5pm and 7pm (17 to19).
The address is: Scandinavian Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University | 12180 South Park Avenue | Anderson University Center Room #100 | Tacoma, WA | 98447
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.