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Nordic Textile Meeting in Iceland 2019 – Heritage Meets the Future

Heritage meets the future is a project combining a conference and workshops, organized by Nordic Textile Art and the Icelandic Textile Association, ITA in connection to the annual meeting of NTA that takes place in Iceland in March 2019. The project will occur at the same time as DesignMarch, HönnunarMars, the annual design event in Reykjavík.

This is a great opportunity to involve textile artists and designers with cross disciplinary groups of people.

The registration is open 12.12 2018 - 22.2 2019. Please Click here and you will come to the registration form. 

Textile artists and designers are in constant flux with their heritage, bringing it into their works and using as an endless source of inspiration. Iceland has a long tradition of working with textiles and have a unique kind of wool that is the main source of Icelandic textile material. At one time woven cloth was even one of the biggest export of the country. Today, artists and designers in Iceland are working on methods and ways to continue developing textiles in Iceland. Now is a time where it is important to share information, to learn from other countries and discuss our future vision, while discovering new textile technologies. How we see the future in terms of textile art and design in the nordic countries.

Conference language: íslenska, skandinaviska, English

Preliminary Program

Wednesday 27.3  - Arrival day

Thursday 28.3 - Design Talks

Harpa lecture hall 9:00 - 16:00 Full day of design lectures, part of the DesignMarch program.

18:00 Formal opening of DesignMarch 2019.

Friday 29.3 - Textile tour to the south of Iceland.

9:00 - 16:00. Bus from Reykjavík to the south of Iceland. On this trip the aim is to introduce to Nordic textile artists and designers what is being done in Iceland. The first destination is minimill where new machinery has been set up to develop new kind of yarn and to experiment with the spinning and the process of Icelandic wool and Icelandic Cashmere. Uppspuni is one of the few minimills in Scandinavia where the whole process of wool yarn is being developed. From shearing the lamb until spinning the final product. Þingborg, is the next destination, a place run by local craft women who are working with Icelandic wool in natural colors. They process the wool with hand, shearing, processing the wool and handspinning yarn. The trip will include the “Golden Circle” Geysir, Gullfoss and the National Park, Þingvellir.

Do you rather stay in Reykjavík, there will be a lot of events on DesignMarch.
During the day there will be openings, exhibitions and happenings at DesignMarch.

Saturday 30.3 - Textile Conference day

11:00 - 15:00 NTA conference at VEROLD - The house of Vigdís.

NTA conference hosted by the The Icelandic Textile Association "Heritage meets the future" . Speakers at the conference will come from the nordic countries and from the USA and Estonia. 

  • Philip Fimmano “Archaeology of the Future”
  • Jessica Hemmings 

  • Bryndís Bolladóttir

  • Kyoshi Yamanmoto

  • Katrin Þorvaldsdóttir

  • Isabel Berglund

  • Kadi Pajupuu

Sunday 31.3 - Networking day and the annual meeting

Annual NTA meeting at Korpa, The old milk factory where the Icelandic Textile association has their studio. In the space the guests will have the change to visit the exhibition of the Icelandic Textiles Association and to visit the associations collaborative workshops.

13:00 Brunch and networking hosted by the Icelandic Textile association.

Monday 1.4 - Textile tour to the north - Textile Center Blönduós

9:00 Bus leaves Reykjavík, 23:00 Approximate arrival in Reykjavík

On the way to Blönduós we will stop at HESPA in Borgarfjörður. Guðrún Bjarnadóttir will lecture about her methods of plantdyeing.

In Blönduós we will visit Textile Center Blönduós and Textile museum

Workshops: 15:00 - 18:00 Textile Center Blönduós.

1: Working with Icelandic wool, including spinning.

2: Working with horsehair.

3: Sewing into the Vatnsdæla Tapestry.

4: Threadbone.

5: Rósaleppaprjón.

More about the WORKSHOPS

Workshop 1. Traditional Icelandic wool working and spinning.

In this workshop participants will learn about the characteristics of Icelandic wool and the basics of the traditional methods of wool-working.

The workshops will include preparing the wool for carding and spinning.

Instructor: Ásthildur Magnúsdóttir is a skilled spinner and a weaver. She is a teacher at the Textile department of Reykjavík school of Visual arts.

Workshop 2. Working with horsehair.

In the workshop you will learn to spin out of horsehair.

Horsehair  will be already prepared for spinning and the fibers of the tails are long and strong.  We will use simple tools and work in groups two and two together. The tool used is a “Maðman spindle”. First it is twisted to spin a strong thread then the next step is to twist three or four singles into a stronger three or four strand thread. A multi twister is used in the final step  to create a thick rope from the thinner ropes. This tradition of working with hairs is a very old craft. The energy of the twist makes a complete rope in the very end.

Instructor: Lene Zachariassen is a Norwegian artist who has been living in Iceland for many years. She has mastered many of the old craft traditions, including working with horsehair, traditional tanning methods and crafting from animal products including bones and wool.

Workshop 3. Vatnsdæla Tapestry- Bayeux tapestry embroidery.

Vatnsdæla on a Tapestry is a ongoing project at the Textile center in Blönduós. Guests and artists are invited to participate in the making of the tapestry and embroidery a part of it using the Bayeux technique of embroidery. The full length of the tapestry will be 46 meters and today 18 meters have been completed.

Included in the workshop there is a lesson in the Bayeux technique of embroidery.

The Vatnsdæla tapestry is modeled after the Bayeux-tapestry which was sewn in the 11th century.  The goal of the project is to revive the Vatnsdæla saga in a modern way, while using the old traditions of hand craft.

The name of every person who embroiders or supports the project will be recorded in book which will be kept with the tapestry.

Instructor: Jóhanna Erla Pálmadóttir is the director of the  Icelandic Textile Center in Blönduós and the author of the Vatsndæla Tapestry. She graduated from Haandarbejdets Fremme, Copenhagen 1988 and since then has she been working on various projects related to textiles.

Workshop 4. Threadbone technique.

‘Threadlegs’ were sheep leg bones used as bobbins for  handspun sewing thread. This style is called "læstur þráðaleggur" or locked thread-legs with decorative binding and was often used as gifts when visiting friends or family.

In the workshop there will be a brief introduction of the history of the old Icelandic Threadbone technique. Participants will be shown how the wool is prepared and spun to make yarn for the bone. Each participants gets a bone and some wool and learn the old method.

Instructor: Guðrún Hadda Bjarnadóttir is a textile artists who is known for using traditional and old craft methods in her work.

Workshop 5. Rósaleppaprjón/Icelandic intarsia.

In this workshop participants will be introduced to the Icelandic color knitting technique intarsia or rósaleppaprjón. Participants will get a pattern to knit and they will learn this old technique. Each participant will bring it’s own knitting needles #3,5 or #4 and the yarn will be supplied in the workshop.

Instructor: Hélène Magnússon is a leading knit designer in Iceland. She has both the Icelandic and French nationality but was brought up in France.

Her passion for textiles led her to extensively research Icelandic knitting traditions. She is the author of two important patterns books about Icelandic knitting: Icelandic Color Knitting: using rose-patterns brought back to life the unique Icelandic intarsia as seen in old shoe-inserts and Icelandic Handknits.

Workshop 6. Tablet weaving.

In the workshop there will be a brief introduction on the  tablet weaving technique. You will learn to make tools that are used in this technique. You will weave a mini sample of simple and double tablet weaving. If the time allow, Egyptian tablet weaving will be introduced. Various material will be introduced, and you can also bring your own material.

Instructor: Ragnheiður Björk Þórsdóttir is a textile artist, weaving instructor and researcher, living in Akureyri. She has been a weaving instructor and running her own weaving studio in Akureyri for 30 years. Last two years she has been working on a weaving research project at the Textile Center in Blönduós, where she has digitized over 1500 weaving samples and patterns for online textile database.


More information.

Please don´t hesitate to contact us if you have have questions.

Du kan skriva till oss på "skandinaviska" eller engelska.

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Download the preliminary program, prices included and also hotel suggestions.

Conference fee 75 €

Conference fee, students 30 €

The Nordic Textile Meeting in Iceland is open for NTA members. Not a member yet? Join the Nordic Textile Art

Where to stay?

Hvis du som medlem vil bestille hotel saa vælger du hotel og bruger koden NORD0319

Fosshotel LInd:

Fosshotel Reykjavik:

Reykjavik Downtown Hostel: Koden er HI19-0202 og navnet er: NTA



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