Hanna Dís Whitehead shows a new collection of work with an emphasis on materials sourced in a 3 km. radius of her studio in Hornafjörður – wool & straw. In the exhibition will feature, amongst other, hand dyed oat straw used in marquetry, felted wool used partly instead of wood in furniture and other experiments with the materials.
On her way to the studio in the countryside in recent years, Hanna has watched the sheep lying relaxed in the grass in between flowers and straw. In the summer the first rays of the sun light up the environment. The colours in nature become bright, the birds loud and the smell sweet. The breeze softly moves the wool and straw. Hare bells, buttercups, rocks, cottongrass, stones, moss and birds everywhere. “I need to do something with this” Hanna thought and that was a start of the journey that this project has been.
The wool, which comes from sheep from the farm Akurnes, was taken to Textílab in Blönduós, there it was combed with leftover yarn from Hanna’s carpet production. Subsequently, colourful felt material was made from it with a needle felting machine. The material is used in diverse ways in the exhibition.
The straw, part of last year’s oat harvest, was cleaned and dried. Then the straw was dyed, split, flattened and used to veneer. Straws have a natural sheen that shines like gold. No varnish or other surface material needs to be applied as they are naturally waterproof.
Both the wool and the straw have a gentle glow to them just like the environment they are originated from.
In the exhibition you will see soft wall cupboards, mirrors & shelves made partly from wool. Lasercut straw marquetry in wood and ceramics, felted and woven floor rug, straw sewn into textiles, a wall rug and other experiments.
Hanna Dís Whitehead graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2011. She works on the boarders of design, art and craft often going between diverse materials within the same subject. She focuses on a hands-on approach, working in a very personal way, interweaving story, shape, materials and colour.
The exhibition will have events.
The project was done in collaboration with the Icelandic textile center, Textilelab Blönduós. It received grants from Myndstef, The Design Fund & Artists’ Salary Fund.