Jessica Hemmings

Textile Writer

Dulur: Anna Þóra Karlsdottir

Anna Þóra Karlsdottir

When settlers first introduced domestic sheep to Iceland more than one thousand years ago, their woollen coats provided waterproof warmth that was crucial for human survival. Today sheep continue to be raised for meat in Iceland but with the exception of lopi, traditional knitted Icelandic sweaters, the coarse wool of the animals’ outer coats are generally overlooked as a material resource. Anna Þóra Karlsdottir is an exception. Working with the coarse outer fleece, Karlsdottir creates textiles that defy the familiar categories of art, design or fashion.

forthcoming catalogue essay