Back home from a wonderful week at Iceland with my artproject ARTMONEY NORD. We have two exhibitions simultaneously this fall – and so we’ve divided the works into two portions; one for Amtsbókasafnið á Akureyri and one for Bókasafns Reykjanesbæjar.
We had the most stunning road trip from Reykjavik to Akureyri at Eyjafjörður – through a wild and powerful landscape mainly created by ice and volcanoes.
Iceland, however, is not only a beautiful scenic landscape but also beautiful, wild and powerful women and men – named after völvur and heros from the Icelandic sagas. They all seem to have a lot of inner strength and stamina. Guess wind, weather and nature calls for this primordial force. At least that’s what I sensed in the artists, plant alchemists, skin tanners and seiðkona we met.
It’s been a great joy to see old friends again and meet new ones. Thanks to our Icelandic colleagues we were introduced to an abundance of original and skilled local artists, craftsmen, and their studios. And for events such as the annual Handverkshátíð at Akureyri, where we saw the most wonderful home spun and plant dyed wool and ended up buying yarn for both sweaters, socks and mittens. You’ll see me knitting in near future!
I also got serious crush on the concept of plant dyeing. Something I’ll try out as soon as I find a little free space in my calendars!