I took part in a two-month residency at Textílsetur Íslands (the Icelandic Textile Center) this past Spring, followed by an additional month of travel throughout the country. March–May 2016. Today marks exactly five months since departing Canada to the small EU island bordered by many seas — Iceland, or Ísland. Below is a trip through Heimilisiðnaðarsafnið, the Icelandic Textile Museum; a planned outing for the March artists in residence at Kvennaskólinn. The museum is directly next door.
Inspiration from this visit is best described as mixed, in both style and era. The structure of the museum, like many of the common-use buildings in Iceland, felt very modern with its boxy angular shape, gallery white walls and large windows with perfect natural light — a very clean, Scandinavian feel. The works and motifs in the museum were Nordic and mostly traditional, some dating back to Viking practices and influence. The building housed plenty of lower-lit nooks and aged materials. I floated from room to room feeling stuck between times.
For me, a juxtaposition; an opportunity for mixed inspiration.