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©Ásthildur Magnúsdóttir
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Ásthildur Magnúsdóttir

Ásthildur Magnúsdóttir Weaver
Contact
Icelandic, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+354 8994111
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Respect for nature

  • • Ásthildur is keeping a traditional craft alive
  • • She works with farmers to source the best wool
  • • She makes her own plant-based dyes

Ásthildur Magnúsdóttir's education in weaving began when she was aged 16, at high school, in Akureyri. At this time, knowledge of the craft of weaving and spinning was already declining rapidly in Iceland. After school she travelled to Sweden and Norway, to the old industrial city of Västerås and the northern captial, Tromsø, respectively. There she met true masters of the craft and honed her skills. Icelandic wool is a great source of inspiration to her. She carefully chooses all her raw materials and spins by hand. She makes use of the wool’s properties and qualities, which are often destroyed in the production of factory-made yarn. She was the Designer in Residence at Museum of Design & Applied Arts in 2020.

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Works

  • ©Ásthildur Magnúsdóttir
  • ©Ásthildur Magnúsdóttir
  • ©Ásthildur Magnúsdóttir
Photo: ©Ásthildur Magnúsdóttir
Röggvarfeldur, Rya III

Textile installation made of handspun, natural wool.

Height 200 cm
Width 120 cm

Ásthildur Magnúsdóttir Weaver
Photo: ©Ásthildur Magnúsdóttir
Röggvarfeldur, Rya I

Tapestry made of handspun, natural wool.

Height 100 cm
Width 67 cm

Ásthildur Magnúsdóttir Weaver
Photo: ©Ásthildur Magnúsdóttir
Röggvarfeldur, Rya II

This blanket is made of natural, hand spun wool, partially dyed with natural dyes.

Height 200 cm
Width 110 cm

Ásthildur Magnúsdóttir Weaver

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