If you haven’t heard of the Vatnsdæla tapestry in Blönduós yet, then today is your lucky day! You do not want to miss this place when visiting North West Iceland!
Jóhanna E. Pálmadóttir runs the Icelandic Textile Center in Blönduós (North West Iceland) that celebrates textile art, and regularly welcomes students and artists visiting or coming for residency.
She has always been fascinated by the Bayeux-tapestry and went a few times to France already to see it, with an intact enthusiasm. Dating back to the 11th century, the Bayeux-tapestry is known as the oldest tapestry in the world, and depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. It is 70 meters long and 50 centimeters tall!
The idea of making her own tapestry kept becoming stronger in Jóhanna’s mind, who had the desire to revive a local saga, the Vatnsdæla saga, using ancient methods of embroidery.
The drawings were made by students from the graphic department of the Icelandic University of Arts, under the supervision of the artist Kristin R. Gunnarsdóttir.
The final tapestry will be just over 46 meters long, from which 15 meters have already been completed. Everyone wanting to become part of the project and leave its mark in history is welcome to join and sew for an hour of more.
Vatnsdæla saga is a family saga that took place through the 9th to 11th century, and is believed to have been written after the middle of the 13th century (ca. 1270).