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.
We at Shanko Rugs are over the moon to be part of Florence Design Week 2015. The rugs will be displayed at the beautiful Grand Hotel Minerva, Florence. Who does not whant to be in Italy in late May early June I ask you and what a treat. Florence is always one of the great cities of the world to visit.
Looking forward to see you at the Florence Design Week.
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 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.
This summer I had the pleasure of three young artist from the Ball State University visiting me. They were working on a project that required them to travel to Iceland in an exploration of conciousness and sustainability.
They were very keen to learn all about the rugs and the Icelandic wool and why it is important for me to use the wool produced here in Iceland. We had fun and to answer their inquisitive questions was my pleasure. However I will enclose a link to their blog about the visit. The blog is under the title Rendevouz with Rugs
Oops.. for some reason I can not use the link for the Resensitize website… it will be fixed as soon as possible.
All this volcano activity here in Iceland is inspiring me for new line of rugs. I am learning new words from our geo-scientists like ” Dike intrusion ” and at the same time getting to know area of my country that I would not have paid attention to normaly and that is “Holuhraun” (or in English lava with holes in it ). Holuhraun lava field was greated in similar eruption in 1797.
When the lava similar that is erupting in Holuhraun runs slowly it can form wonderful motives like in the photo I took in another lava field that is ca. 30 minutes drive from Reykjavik.
I think it could be interesting motive for a rug. I will give it a try anyway and post the outcome here later.