Textílsetur Íslands, or in English: The Icelandic Textile Center is situated in the scenic seaside Northwestern town of Blönduós. The Textílsetur Residency is based within the building called “Kvennaskólinn”. This is a historical building of significance in Iceland. Also located at Kvennaskólinn are the offices of Þekkingarsetur (Center of Research and Collaboration), “Minjastofa Kvennaskólans” (Museum of the former Women’s College) and “Vatnsdæla á Refli” (Vatnsdalur Tapestry).
Textílsetur aims to promote or develop Icelandic and international textiles and to encourage research as well as education in the field of textile art and design. The Textílsetur Residency provides visiting students, scholars, and artists with working spaces to conduct their artistic practice, research, and study-trips within textiles. Textílsetur Residency is the best equipped artist residency in Iceland for textiles and annually host students from Listaháskóli Íslands (Iceland Academy of the Arts). There are 3 shared studio spaces that include a weaving room with looms, a dye studio, and a communal general studio space.
The current long term Icelandic work in residence is the Vatnsdælur Tapestry by Jóhanna Palmadóttir. A 46 metre embroidered tapestry that illustrates the local Vatnsdælur saga. The work is open for visiting artists and the public to contribute to the ongoing embroidery work under the guidance and teachings of Jóhanna Pálmadóttir.
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