Stitches and Threads is an exhibition of works by contemporary Icelandic artists who embroider or make use of the needle and thread as a tool in their art. They either look to the past to work with the heritage of the craftsmanship and its tradition, or employ the needle as a tool in progressive experiments with other media. The exhibition includes new and recent works by a varied group of artists, both representatives of the younger generation, and artists who have made their mark on the Icelandic art scene. What they all share is that they have lovingly taken to the needle as an important tool in their artistic practices. The works reflect a vast range of subject matter, as they confront social issues alongside the poetic of everyday life and tenderness of nostalgia.
This exhibition takes viewers on a journey through this specific sub-discipline of textile art, where diversity and creative joy are prominent. The exhibition reflects the growing interest in handcrafts, in recent years it having become more common for artists around the world to use this traditional method to create diverse and exciting works of art.
Exhibiting artists include Agnes Ársælsdóttir, Anna Líndal, Anna Andrea Winther, Eirún Sigurðardóttir, Erla Þórarinsdóttir, Guðný Rósa Ingimarsdóttir, Guðrún Bergsdóttir, G.Erla – Guðrún Erla Geirsdóttir, James Merry, Kristinn G. Harðarson, Kristín Gunnlaugsdóttir, Loji Höskuldsson, Petra Hjartardóttir and Rósa Sigrún Jónsdóttir.
The exhibition is a part of Reykjavík Arts Festival.