12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Guest speaker: Ragnheiður Björk Þórsdóttir
Ragnheiður will tell us about how a Fab City Hub is being developed in Blonduos, Iceland
The focus of the presentation will be the importance of weaving in Iceland in the past, present and the future. She will introduce us to the history of weaving, the development from the Warp – weighted loom to the floor loom and to the digital TC2 loom by going through the four stages of the history of weaving. In addition, she will talk about the importance of the Textile Center, the Textile Lab and how the idea of the FCH is contributing to our future goals and vision for the 4th stage of weaving in Iceland.
Ragnheiður studied at Icelandic College of Art and Craft 1980 – 1984, at John F. Kennedy University 1984 – 1985 dep. of experimental textiles at Fiberworks, Berkeley, Ca. and at the University of Akureyri and graduated with an M.Ed., pedagogy in Art education, 2009. Today Ragnheidur works part time at the Textile Center as the main weaving expert and instructor for the TC2 loom at the Textile Lab. She is a freelance lecturer, researcher, and teacher and is still running her weaving studio, taking part in exhibitions every now and then.