Events

Kristín Þorkelsdóttir, the star of our current exhibition, will be at the museum on Sunday from 13-15.
Behind each of Kristín’s nationally known works are a myriad of sketches, experiments and reflections, which have not been shown publicly until now. This exhibition therefore presents both familiar and previously unseen works, which together gradually turned a young artist into one of the pioneers of Icelandic graphic design.

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Magna Rún will lead a workshop in flower pounding. Magna Rún is a fashion and textile designer who has specialized in natural dyes. This is also the last day of Sigmundur Páll Freysteinsson´s exhibition, Natural dyes: a modern perspective.
Tickets to the museum apply and material for the workshop is included.
Admission to the museum is free of charge for under 18 years old.

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Money workshop for the whole family with Rán Flygenring, an illustrator, and Stefán Pálsson, a historian. Speculation about the settlers' currency and contemporary banknotes is the subject of the workshop, which is part of the project Við langeldinn / Við eldhúsborðið, which is funded by the Children's Cultural Fund. Finally, speculations and a chat at the exhibition Kristín Þorkelsdóttir, the banknotes of the future will be drawn in Smiðjan, the educational space of the Design Museum. The workshop is free.

About By the long fire / At the kitchen table:

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Publishing party
We will be celebrating a new bookwork by Sigmundur P. Freysteinsson who is currently working in the open research space in the museum. The bookwork contains photos and information of around 440 samples series of natural colors from Icelandic environment.


To start with only ten copies will be produced and will be available on the event for 25.000 ISK.


Sólrún Arnardóttir, who is studying textile design at Central Saint Martins in London has assisted Sigmundur with the bookwork.


The aim of the project is to explore possibilities of Icelandic natural dyeing as an environmentally friendly alternative to dye textiles for modern design.
The project is based on Icelandic traditions in natural dyeing and looks towards the future for how we develop better knowledge of what Iceland can give in this respect.

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Sveinbjörn Gunnarsson has worked as a graphic designer for the past 40 years. He has always been fascinated with miniatures and modelmaking and here he will get the chance to focus on this passion. His models are exceptionally well made with clever solutions. He collects the building materials from his close environment and transforms them in the most creative way. Sveinbjörn puts a lot of thought and effort into the packaging for his models and this is an important part of the work and completes the object.

 

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Guided tour by the curators of the exhibition. The tour will be in Icelandic

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Sigmundur Páll Freysteinssonwill give a talk about his project, Natural dyes: a modern perspective, on Sunday the 30th of May at 14. The talk will be in Icelandic.

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Natural dyes: a modern perspective
Sigmundur graduated from the fashion design program at the Icelandic University of the Arts in 2019. He has experience in innovative patternmaking, design, natural dyeing and sustainable solutions in textile design. He aims to develop new sustainable systems for modern clothing design and sustainable production, using Icelandic resources.
Sigmundur will be based in the research space of the museum this summer giving an insight into the research and design process.

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Few designers in Iceland have created as many works that are present in Icelanders’ daily life as Kristín Þorkelsdóttir. They can be seen in the most mundane of places—in refrigerators, inside bags or at the dinner table—or in locations as inaccessible as the Central Bank’s vaults. Kristín is the designer behind the packaging of many popular foods, as well as the series of banknotes currently in use in Iceland, which she created together with the designer Stephen Fairbairn. Kristín has also designed countless advertisements, books, and nationally known logos, many of which have been in use for over five decades.

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Jumper with everything for everybody, harvest time
Ýr Jóhannsdóttir is a textile designer and artist who works under the name Ýrúrarí. In her work she adventurously knits together humor, movement and craft. Ýr has shared her methodology through workshops where participants work with damaged sweaters from the Red Cross and bring them back to life.
During the residency at the Museum of Design and Applied Art Ýr has continue a project she started last year with The Red Cross in Iceland called Jumper with everything. The title is a reference to one of Iceland’s most famous take away “hot dog with everything”. In this project Ýr worked with jumpers that had been classified as ruined and not fit for sale.

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