Patching broken knits: Workshop with Icelandic textile artist Ýrúrarí

Eventbild för Helsinki Fashion Week X Nordic Culture Point

This year, Helsinki Fashion Week is teaming up with Nordic Culture Point to bring this annual celebration of sustainable fashion to Suomenlinna!

Nordic Culture Point brings Nordic perspective to the event through a series of panel discussions and workshops, focusing on new initiatives happening in the Nordics.

See the FULL Helsinki Fashion Week programme here. / Find your ticket to Helsinki Fashion Week here.

In this workshop, people will learn the simple technique of using needle felting as a mending technique for knitted and soft textiles. Needle felting offers a creative and personal approach to mending, all while only requiring three simple materials: a felting needle, raw wool and a foam surface. No previous textile crafting knowledge is required, and the technique will be easy to replicate at home!

Nordic Culture Point provides all the needed materials, as well as a selection of damaged second-hand knits to mend and bring home. You can also bring your own old knits or soft textiles in need of mending, or create your own personalized patches to take home. Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult who can assist them.

To secure your spot at the workshop, please sign up HERE.

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Ýr Jóhannsdóttir is a textile designer from Iceland, based in Berlin and Reykjavík, working under the name Ýrúrarí. Through her work, she combines humour and the every day in woollen wearable pieces, playing with the thin line between costumes and casual wear. For the past years, the importance of sustainability has impacted Ýrúrarí’s work, leading to a practice where damaged second-hand sweaters gain a new unique look with carefully handmade decorations and mending. In 2020 Ýrúrarí’s first line of upcycled sweaters, Sweater sauce, got nominated for the Icelandic design awards. The Sweater sauce project evolved into creative visible mending workshops where people get the opportunity to personalize and play with approachable mending techniques on their own knits. The workshops have since taken place all over Europe.

Ýr has a BA degree in textile design from Glasgow School of Art and a M.art.ed degree from Iceland’s University of the Arts. Her work has been showcased in art and design spaces in Iceland such as Gallerý Port, Reykjavík Art Museum and Museum for Design and Applied Arts, and internationally at WIP residency at Textile Art Center in New York, Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale and The Smithsonian Design Museum. Pieces by Ýrúrarí can be found in the collections of Textiel Museum (NL), Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (GER), National Museum of Scotland, Museum for Design and Applied Arts (ICE) and Museum of International Folk Art in New Mexico. Articles and publications of her work can be found on Vogue.com, Designboom, Vice, Iceland Review and more. Ýrúrarí has collaborated and custom-made wearable pieces for artists such as Erykah Badu, Tierra Whack, Sheidlina, Noel Fielding and various Icelandic musicians.

This event is financed by Sustainable Cultural Experiences in the Nordic Region, a project led by The Nordic House in the Faroe Islands.

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Nordic Culture Point has been granted the EcoCompass environmental certificate. We’re making every endeavour to reduce our carbon footprint, which is why all travel within the organisation is carefully planned. Use public transport when you visit us, and you’ll contribute to a greener cultural scene, too! 

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