The municipality of Reykjavík is for the first time taking part in the European week for waste reduction. My work has been used as an example by Reykjavik how you can create with waste and that is in Icelandic. But for the not-understanding-Icelandic-people there are pictures you can look at without much language knowledge and there are translation options online, somewhere.
The image I use here on the left is an old one that my friend Stéphanie Morissette took out of a video she made. This was in 2002 or 2003. We had been granted studios by the municipality of Hafnarfjörður, Iceland. They were situated in an old haunted house called Straumur, next door to the aluminum smelter at Straumsvik south of Hafnarfjörður. It was during this stay that I made the piece "A Proposal for a new Coat of Arms for the republic Iceland". At that time most of Icelanders were brainwashed with the great need of aluminium smelters and huge hydro power stations. If you opposed to those ideas you were a sentimental idiot, according to the government and most of the nation.
Here we are 10 years later in deep debt because of folly. Not just us Icelanders but most nations I can think of at this moment. I am still doing the same thing as then, using discarded garments to make art. Trying to be in sync with the environment.
Anna María Lind, MA Textile Art Winchester School of Art.