Vik Prjónsdóttir

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Vik Prjónsóttir | 7 May – 19 June 2016

Icelandic design collective Vik Prjónsdóttir showcase their textile work in an exhibition that brings together contemporary design and traditional craft.
“In the centuries-old struggle to live on this inhospitable island,
sheep have been our greatest resource.”

Working almost exclusively with Icelandic sheep’s wool, design collective Vik Prjónsdóttir make use of a resource that has evolved in isolation over 1,000 years. Its particular combination of light, insulating inner fibres and long, tough outer fibres creates warm, waterproof and uniquely durable textile material. The collective work hand in hand with local knitwear factories and producers, in a collaboration that is invigorating the Icelandic wool industry with a new design impetus.

A connection with history is vital to Vik Prjónsdóttir’s work. Traditional spinning and carding techniques, used in the preparation of wool for spinning into yarn, can be traced back to Iceland’s Viking past, and each piece draws on a rich heritage of story and myth; all-in-one suits based on the seal pelts of the fabled selkies, or scarves inspired by the healing hands of Icelandic shamans playfully acknowledge a magical sensibility. A selection of these products will be shown as part of the exhibition, alongside design sketches and fabric samples that offer an insight into the collective’s particular creative process.

Exhibition Introduction | Tuesday 10 May, 2pm – 4pm
An open afternoon offering a convivial opportunity to view the exhibition and find out more about the work on show. Icelandic refreshments provided.

Stitches in Time | Saturday 28 May, 11am
A session exploring our regional history of wool production and knitting heritage through archival moving image and objects from Timespan’s collection.

Image credit: Elísabet Davídsdottir