The Textile Centre in Blonduos

The Textile art residency is held in an old girls’ school in Blonduos in the north of Iceland on the edge of the Arctic Ocean.  Within the building there is accommodation for residents, a kitchen, dining room, shared bathrooms, a large studio space for general textile work and, on the upper floor, a loom studio.  The residency is right next to the Blonduos Textile Museum, which is open to the public during the summer but by appointment the rest of the year.

Views from the building look out over the town to the mountains in one direction and across the wide Blanda river to the sea on the other side.  It’s a stunning landscape wherever you look!

After a couple of days of settling in and investigating the local area we have begun exploring ideas and materials.  One of our first finds in the studio was bags of sheeps’ wool available for us to use; in one bag the blackest of black wool.  Three of us are making use of this already!  It is raw wool so has to be washed several times to remove dirt and the strong smell of sheep.  But its colour is so reminiscent of the dark lava seen on a visit to nearby basalt rocks and our local black sand beach at Blonduos – it is so definitely a colour of Iceland


We come from different textile disciplines, but our work intersects with concerns about sustainability, the natural world and exploring cultural influences.

Jennifer Jones – Complex hand-weave structure and fiber combinations producing three- dimensional woven cloth, conceptually concerned with environmental destruction

Tara Kennedy – Constructed soft sculptures and hangings, expressing messages of empathy and hope emerging from cultural and religious differences.


Annette Mills – Exploring the concepts of emplacement and knowing through making  – random weave, twining, looping and knotting.


Delia Salter – Expressing a personal connection to the land through stitch, felting and plant dyeing with a particular interest in ancient sites and how time links to place.