Icelandic Nature has always been a constant source of inspiration for me. Be it the color palette, shapes or surfaces. In my previous work embroidery has been my main medium. Now I am exploring the process of weaving as a technique and Mountain range is one of my latest patterns. The pattern stems from pencil drawings of the subject – the encompassing mountain ranges of Iceland. The work is then translated into abstract patterns and textures. In the weaving process, a three color mix creates a new kind of color range. The Mountain ranges and their mirrored images are the cornerstones of the new pattern. Proximity and distance from the Elements is a theme I take further now than I have done in my previous works.
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The National costume goes America
The development of my embroidery started with using the sewing machine as a drawing tool. Creating abstract patterns with feehand drawing on a sewing machine. Working within the shape of the garment. I would use a rounded hoop and place it under the needle and start embroidering. For few years I would do everything manually then later I started using industrial embroidery machines and computerize my patterns.
From my private exhibition "Another place - Another time" The exhibition had four groups of work. 1: Dresses floating in the air. Each dress has the same shape, made from different fabrics. The textile work on each dress is executed on the shape like a painters canvas. Different textures and embroidery, freehand, with computer, paillettes, cut-outs. 2: I moved my complete atelier into the exhibition space and worked each day of the exhibition, a living performance. 3: A self portrait. A embroidered sofa and a picture, self portrait with me sitting in the sofa, dressed in a suite from the same fabric. 4: Love runs in the family, a second serie of family photographs of ladies wearing my designs.
Love runs in the family
By Benni Vals 1
By Benni Vals 2
Path of Love in Paris is a serie photographed by Icelandic photographer Benni Vals in 2004