Past and future is intertwined together by working with the Icelandic wool and expanding this magic fibers potential in a contemporary manner. An interplay between handcraft with inspiration drawn from Icelandic pop culture, the pioneering women of the nation and the pulse of the punk movement.
Woolume II was a three month research project by the design duo SOS; textile designer Sigga Fanney and fashion designer Sól Hansdóttir, funded by the Icelandic Research Center. The aim was to develop the production methods and treatments of Icelandic wool in the quest to expand its usage and push for a more contemporary aesthetic fitting a more fashion based market. The innovative value of Woolume II is to create a more sustainable and ethical option than fur and leather, to bring forward new properties of the wool with new forms of products. We used two different production methods. One being a 1000 years old Icelandic weaving technique, called Röggvarfeldsvefnaður, originating from the viking age. Raw locks of wool are woven into the textile by hand, resembling fur. The second method is based around wool felting where the fabric is coated to take on the properties of leather. Over a period of three months we made and designed a collection of four products; a woven coat and a head piece along with a handbag and a skirt made from the coated felted wool. All the products were handcrafted; hand combed, hand dyed, felted and woven by hand – directly from fresh cut wool, with sponsored yarn from Ístex for the weave.