Iceland Field School 2024

"Iceland Field School" is a mixed-level, transdisciplinary university credit course conceived and designed by Dr. Kathleen Vaughan of Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) held at the Textile Center.

Following her own artistic residency at the Textile Center in June 2016, Kathleen returned  to Blönduós in 2018 with 13 students. For the full month of June, they worked on site to explore aspects of arts, community, environmentalism, tourism and museology, often with a textile inflection. Building on this first success, the Iceland Field School returned in June 2022 and now June 2024, with 16 students in each cohort. 

The Textile Center is currently participating in a large collaborative project that received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2022 program: Tracks4Crafts, where we at the Textile Center emphasize researching and teaching traditional crafts. Our handcrafts experts are now teaching Field School students how to weave, dye, and spin wool; we also introduce them to the TextílLab and show them how to use the equipment available there. In addition, students partake in the Iceland Knit Fest and work on their own projects, which will be showcased in a final exhibition at the end of June.

It is a great pleasure for us to have them here with us!