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Weaving DNA is a collaboration between Icelandic product designer Hanna Dís Whitehead and Scottish textile designer Claire Anderson. Together they re-appropriate traditional Nordic and Scottish textiles, examining the ways in which these represent and shape aspects of national identity.
In the project they go back in time, exploring Scottish and Icelandic crafts, all the way back to their common Viking ancestors. The objective was, among other things, to consider what role crafts have played in moulding the identity of the two nations, and to compare traditions in this field.
The designers have gone on to seek to imbue Icelandic and Scottish textiles with new meaning, by intertwining methods and features of crafts and national identity. The result is a world where the aim is to create a common material identity, using new methods and materials.
From this fusion of visual cultural heritage, the designers put forward ideas of fabrics in which the Nordic and Scottish textile traditions converge into a single “tribe.”
The cape is made out of Icelandic wool yarn carefully put together in tassels in various colours hand sewn into a fabric.

Weaving DNA has been exhibited in the Icelandic National museum & Lighthouse- Scotlands centre for design and architecture.
Photos by Tian Khee Siong.

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100x145x5

Weight (kg)

8

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Production Year

2015

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Full dimensions (cm)

100x145x5

Weight (kg)

8

Material

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Production Year

2015

Color

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Studio Hanna Whitehead
Studio Hanna Whitehead is a design studio based in the southeast of Iceland, the studio focuses on a hands-on approach, working in a very personal way, interweaving story, shape, materials and colour. Hanna works on the boarders of art, design and craft often going between diverse materials within the same subject. The studio makes and works with ceramics, furniture, interior, textile and sculpture.
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Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir
Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir is the Adorno curator of design destination Reykjavik. "Weaving DNA" cape by Studio Hanna Whitehead is carefully selected as a piece that reflects the local design scene of Reykjavik. As a local and recognized design expert Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir's curation is a quality assurance that buying from Studio Hanna Whitehead is a safe investment in the most important design from Reykjavik right now.
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María Kristín Jónsdóttir
María Kristín is an Icelandic product designer and the head designer for STAKA. She has a keen passion for her cultural heritage and draws inspiration from nature, it’s forces, shapes and structures. María Kristín Jónsdóttir is the Editor-in-chief of HA – a magazine on Icelandic design and architecture that provides a forum for critical discussion on the cultural landscape. Also as a curator, creative director and designer. María Kristín’s work has been exhibited around Europe, in Spark|Design Space, Design Forum Finland and The Icelandic Museum of Design and Applied Art. She has been shortlisted for The Reykjavik Grapevine Design Awards for Thread (2012) and STAKA (2013). Her work has been covered in various Icelandic and international publications, including Fast Co Design, The Coolhunting and The Reykjavik Grapevine. Maria Kristin holds a B.A. in Product Design from The Iceland Academy of the Arts and studied Ethics and Philosophy at the University of Iceland and Goldsmithing at the Technical College Reykjavik. She currently lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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