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Textile exhibition by 6th graders

A textile exhibition by 12-year-old students from Rimaskóli elementary school in Reykjavík opened at the Kaffi Berg café in the cultural center Gerduberg in Reykjavík April 17.

Handicraft and Icelandic language teachers cooperated on the project, asking their students to write a poem and use it to inspire a textile artwork made of felt – wool that has been soaked in soapy water and then pressed.

“It is important to improve the situation of art and handicraft courses and that can be done by merging them with academic courses. Therefore we asked for the cooperation of Icelandic language teachers,” Alma Ernstdóttir, textile teacher at Rimaskóli, who undertook the project with her colleague Siv Heida Franksdóttir, told icelandreview.com.

“Modern society demands that individuals are capable of solving various problems using creative methods,” Erstdóttir explained.

“Textile education […] encourages creativity among students, gives them more self- esteem and makes them more capable of taking on projects in the future, as well as teaching them about their cultural heritage,” she added.

“Most students thought working on this project was fun,” Ernstdóttir said. “They delivered great results and have certainly expressed their creativity. We thought their work was so well-done and beautiful that we wanted to show people what students can achieve.”

“Gudrún Dís and Anna Margrét at Gerduberg gave us a warm welcome and established a very nice exhibition which made the students feel proud,” Ernstdóttir added.

“Gudrún Dís and Anna Margrét were given the difficult task of selecting artwork for the exhibition. They selected the work based on theme and not according to how well it was done,” Ernstdóttir explained.

The students’ poems and the artwork feature subjects ranging from life and existence, to family, animals, nature and outer space.

The exhibition in Kaffi Berg will be open until May 6 and all the textile artwork can be found on Rimaskóli’s website.

Felt is part of the Icelandic handicraft tradition; the method was used for making hats, robes and saddles. “Felt has become fashionable today; you can find items made of felt in all of the country’s finest handicraft shops today,” Erstdóttir said.

Felt is a non-woven cloth (in this case wool) produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibers and, according to wikipedia, is the oldest form of fabric in human history.

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