My passion is to sew portraits. I am fascinated by the fact that eyes, nose and mouth can be put together in so many different ways.
The inspiration is from the sea, nature and cities and I work in series that are slowly changing. I work with tapestries and objects. The choice of material is an important part of my work.
I am working and educated in batik and related techniques like dying, printing and collaging. You can call it surface-design. My main interest has been making wall-hangings.
From a point of departure in textile and traditional crafts Iben Høj has reinterpreted and developed a conventional trade and made it cool, potent and modern.
Based on a concrete and geometric idiom I work with tapestries. In my compositions, I use lines and shapes to achieve a tension and a spatial effect, with inspiration drawn from architecture.
A theme that pervades all of my works is space – space created by elements in the nature, space created in dreams, space created by the life around me.
I am transforming old Danish needlework tradition to modern art. I am dying silk yarn, designing and hand weaving art works. Every textile is built up to an art work with its own story.
In my works I recreate pictures from different cultures in the medium of embroidery and based on these embroideries, I build up new worlds.
With her beautiful kilim rugs, the weaver tells her poetic stories of dusty desert lands, goats crossing mountain roads in Andalusia, Iranian arabesques, whirlpools of The Indian Ocean…