The well is where I seek my heritage - especially my dearest well, stemming from my mother. The textile heritage of the Icelandic nation is defined by the hours spent by women mostly to work on their textiles in various forms. To dress up themselves and their loved ones as well as for decoration purposes. That is another well I get my inspiration from. There you can find textures, colours and palettes that my own well echoes. My well that I have been filling over the years - through my work and education. This mixture coming from different sources is of course all coming from the same well - the common well of all mankind filled with knowledge and experience that has travelled from land to land. The well is all about the balance between the old and new and thus helps us to communicate with our heritage.
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, in this work I am exploring the process of digital weaving as a technique. The pattern stems from pencil drawings of the subject which I then translate into abstract patterns and textures. In the weaving process, a three color mix creates a new kind of color range. Proximity and distance from the Elements is a theme I like to deal with in my weaving pieces.
TWIST - SKETCHES
Installation of six sweaters - sketches of monotone color, shape & texture
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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
PATH OF LOVE series
Photo Series shot in Mosfellsdalur - Path of Love collection - all one of a kind - piece unique. Photos by Benni Vals
PATH OF LOVE serie 2
Path of Love collection shot in Paris in 2004 - photos by Icelandic photographer Benni Vals