Lilý Erla Adamsdóttir works on the cusp of art, craft and design, creating tufted pieces in Icelandic wool blended with mohair, linen and silk. In deep flow and through a process guided by intuition, Adamsdóttir seeks connection and harmony with the material world. She takes great interest in surfaces, whether it be the surfaces perceived in nature or in humans. Her works contain varying perspectives, fluttering between proximity and distance, the present and eternity, leaving the viewer in an unexpected place. Currents and organic repetitions are prominent themes in this soft exhibition titled “Everchanging Harmony”.
Lilý Erla Adamsdóttir (born 1985) is an Icelandic artist who graduated with a BA degree from Iceland University of the Arts 2011 and with an MA degree in Artistic Textile, from the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås, Sweden 2017.
WHAT DOES FIBER MEAN TO YOU?
To me fiber is like a spiritual extension, an invitation to a parallel universe.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FIBER OR TEXTILE TECHNIQUE?
My favourite fibers are natural fibers in general. I use Icelandic wool as my base fiber and blend in various fibers such as mohair, linen and silk. If I had to choose one type though, I would say mohair. I love the poetic expression of mohair with the long fibers coming out of the thread when it is spun into yarn, it gives me the possibility to create a sense of fog or mist in my tufted artworks. Making them soft and mystical at times. When it comes to techniques, tufting is my absolut favourite. When I first learned the technique it felt like I found the link I had been searching for, to connect my visual language to my favourite material.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST VIVID TEXTILE MEMORY?
When I learned as a child to make a small cord with different coloured yarns. It was magical to stand against my grandmother, slowly twisting each end of the threads and to see them wind together and make a beautiful color blend. Then even more magical to gather the two ends we had been holding and release the tension to see it dance as it spiraled together into this small but beautiful creation.
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