So I just stumbled upon VÍK PRJÓNSDÓTTIR, an Icelandic design collective that designs and produces quality products from Icelandic sheep wool.
With inspiration from myths and stories, from the past as well from the present they are fascinated by nature as well as urban life. And I have to say I love the whole collection!
THE HEALING HANDS / VERNDARHENDUR
The Healing Hands scarves are inspired by Alaskan Shaman. The Shaman use healing hands to cure sick people and to clean out evil spirits. Vík Prjónsdóttir´s Healing Hands are dedicated to the powers of the Shaman and are meant to give warmth and protection to the wearer.
THE LANDSCAPE BLANKET / LANDSLAGSTEPPIÐ
Víkurprjón, the knitting factory, is located on the southern coast of Iceland, to the south of one of the country’s largest glaciers. Beneath the ice mass sleeps one of the most active volcanoes in the island, Katla, which wakes up once or twice a century. The last eruption in Katla was in 1918. However, it was Eyjafjallajökull, also located in this area of Iceland, that got the worlds attention in the spring of 2010 after being dormant for a very long time. This volcanic eruption reminded us of the fact that the enormous powers of the nature are and will always be unpredictable.
THE SEALPELT | SELSHAMURINN
In the Icelandic myths, seals are believed to be condemned by humans. One ancient story from the south of Iceland is about a farmet who early one morning finds a sealpelt lying on the beach. In a cave nearby, he hears vioces and music. He takes the sealpelt home and hides it in a woodenchest. Few days later he returns to the beach and finds a crying, naked, young woman sitting on a rock. He brings her to his house where she stays, but he never tells her about the pelt. As time goes by they get married and have children. But the young woman is restless and often stares quietly out of the window at the ocean. One day when the farmer goes fishing, his wife accidentally finds the key of the chest, opens it and discovers the missing pelt. She takes leave of her children, puts the pelt on and before she dives into the ocean she says: “ I am vary anxious, with seven children on land an seven in the sea.” She never comes back but the farmer misses her terribly. Later when he goes fishing there often is a seal near his boat and its eyes are filled with tears. It is said that the farmer becomes a very lucky fisherman. And when his children play at the beach there often is a seal swimming close to land. Sometimes it brings them beautiful stones and colorful fishes. But their mother never returned.
THE SEABLANKET | SJÁVARTEPPIÐ
The ocean surrounds us with mystical and intense powers, sustaining life and claiming it. Throughout the ages fishermen have risked their lives to bring home the catch. The Seablanket is dedicated to these sailors and to the currents of the ocean.
VÍK PRJÓNSDÓTTIR is a owned by the designers Brynhildur Pálsdóttir, Gudfinna Mjöll Magnúsdóttir, Thuríður Sigurþórsdóttir and you can read more about them here or visit their online shop here (free worldwide shipping!!)
(all images are from Vík Prjónsdóttir site. Photos by Marino Thorlacius)