Tipp No. 96: Icelandic Fashion Designer Anita Hirlekar – “Explosion of Color & Texture”

arts, Insights, Kunst, Reisen, Travel

Since visiting Norway a few years ago, I knew that I must have some Scandinavian blood like friends & colleagues abroad supposed. My body design & features clearly indicates that my ancestors were not 100% Southern French-German. In Norway, I found my shopping paradise.

The swimmer-like width of my shoulders, my long arms & legs and female curves…no problem. Frankly speaking, my appearance is not cute at all (at least at first sight). I am a shield maid and a real woman – and not a kawai little girl. I spent some time in Asia, where I couldn´t find anything for my wardrobe.

By the way, later year I did one of these popular genetic tests and finally got the confirmation, in terms of genetic ethnicity I am a French-German-Scandinavian Mix plus a dash of Iberian. No wonder that Scandinavian fashion fits me well.

However, may I introduce ANITA HIRLEKAR`s beautiful work and philosophy to you?

Autumn n/ Winter Collection 2018
Autumn / Winter 2018
Autumn / Winter 2018

Autumn/Winter 2018 is a collection with a strong focus on textiles (print, felt, and embroidery) and the quality of hand work. It is about going to back to making things by hand to create something meaningful and special. All the fabrics was made by Anita in her textile studio in Akureyri Iceland. 

Pre-Fall 2018

Taking an artistic approach to fashion, ANITA HIRLEKAR has an unconstrained use to color & texture. 

The prints are developed and hand painted by Anita using her embroidered pieces as inspiration. All fabrics vary in color & texture giving the garment a unique appearance. The collection consists of easy & elegant print dresses & separates. All the textiles and accessories are made in our studio in north of Iceland.

Autumn / Winter 2017
Autumn / Winter 2017

Feature on Vogue Italia

At the occasion of the Reykjavik Fashion Show 2017, Cit.: The RFF was closed by talented Aníta Hirlekar, the designer whose strongest point is her artisanal approach – recognizing (and preserving) the importance and uniqueness of handmade clothing. She sent down the runway tops and dresses with innovative and colorful textures, in perfect balance with the elegance of all the silhouettes

Spring / Summer 2016
Winter / Fall 2014
Winter / Fall 2014

ABOUT THE FASHION DESIGNER

ANITA HIRLEKAR is a womenswear label based in Reykjavik, Iceland. Established in 2014 the eponymous brand creates sophisticated and feminine designs with a playful touch.  

Taking an artistic approach to fashion, ANITA HIRLEKAR has an unconstrained use of color & texture. The designs have a strong attention to innovative fabrications always focusing on longevity

The brands signature is to develop a vision that will reflect the uniqueness of the human touch, combining handcrafts with an high fashion sensibility. 

All the textiles are made & developed in our studio in north of Iceland.

Anita completed both BA in Fashion Design with Print in 2012 followed by the MA specializing in Fashion Textiles at Central Saint Martins collage of Art and Design in London.

Since graduating in 2014 Anita Hirlekar has received international acknowledgment. Anita´s unique vision of style & colors was recognized when she was chosen as one of four ones to watch designers at London fashion week SS 16. 

Her designs has been featured in numerous publications such as Elle USSelf Service & i-D magazine & worn by creative women such as the award winning director Rungano Nyoni at the BAFTAs 2018.

Tipp No. 95: “Taste Iceland – Caramelised Potatoes” (Recipe)

Food, Reisen, Tipps, Travel
Bildergebnis für Icelandic caramelized potatoes

Potatoes? Great to have something in common with the Icelandic people. An alternative method of preparation will certainly enrich our (German) cuisine.

Often simple dishes without any shindig are the best in my view. Therefore, let`s try Iceland-style potatoes that have been highly recommended by one of my colleagues who is visiting Iceland frequently.

He confirmed that they are an absolutely delicious side-dish, which compliment any roast meal. Traditionally, the potatoes are considered a particularly delightful addition to a shoulder of lamb and purple cabbage.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium-sized potatoes
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Directions:

  1. Wash and scrub the potatoes removing any dirt, eyes, etc. Cut each in half, then cut each half into chunks.
  2. Bring a quart of water to a boil, lower the heat to medium, and place the potatoes in the pot. Cover and let cook for 20-25 minutes or until tender (able to poke a fork in it) but not mushy like you’re making mashed potatoes.
  3. Drain all the water off the potatoes, let them sit in the colander for about 5 minutes to dry out.
  4. Place the sugar on a frying pan and heat it up until it gets all melty. Stir in the butter or margarine when this happens.
  5. When this mixture reaches a rich golden colour, remove from the heat and carefully roll the potato pieces in it to fully coat them each in the caramel sauce.

“Góð matarlyst!” (Enjoy your meal!)

Bildergebnis für Icelandic caramelized potatoes

Tipp No. 94: “Bokeh” – Icelandic Si-Fi Drama Movie (2017)

Film, Tipps

BOKEH Trailer (2017) | Drama, Sci-Fi Movie

PLOT: After a flash of light shoots across the sky, a couple (Maika Monroe, Matt O’Leary) on vacation in Iceland wake up to discover that everyone in the world is missing. Now, they must fight for survival while trying to make sense out of what happened.

What is “Bokeh”?

In photography, bokeh  is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focusparts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. Examples…

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Driving Bokeh
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Bokeh as background effect / element

Tipp No. 93: Textile Paintings & Embroidery Installations by the Artist Hildur Bjarnadottir (Iceland)

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Bildergebnis für iceland hildur bjarnadóttir
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About Hildur Bjarnadottir

Born in 1969, Hildur Bjarnadottir is an Icelandic artist, she graduated from the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts and from the Pratt Institute of Brooklyn specializing in textiles.

She exercises the career of professor at the Iceland Academy of Art and at the Reykjavik School of Visual Art, where she is the director of the textiles department.

She continued doing researches on the subject “The role of textiles in the field of painting” for this project she worked in collaboration with the Bergen Academy of Art.

The artist addresses mostly two main subjects; the nature of textiles and of painting. Her main purpose is to highlight the materials used to create the composotion, their color and their texture. Hildur Bjarnadottir uses embroidery to create her pieces and installations. In order to achieve the desired result, an important previous work is necessary, that is where the artist shows her talents as a draftswoman, painter and watercolorist.

Her work is recognized internationally nowadays and her pieces are displayed in numerous private and public collections, including at the Bomuldsfabriken in Norway, at the Reykjanes Art Museum, at the Nordic House of Iceland, the Scandinavia House of New York and at the Vestyllands Kunstmuseums in Denmark.

Poem No. 50: “My Eyes and Your Eyes” by Rósa Guðmundsdóttir (Iceland)

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Bildergebnis für icelandic couple

Augun mín og augun þín, (My eyes and your eyes)
ó, þá fögru steina (oh, those beautiful jewels)
mitt er þitt og þitt er mitt, (mine is yours and yours is mine/what’s mine is yours, what’s yours is mine)
þú veizt, hvað eg meina. (you know what I mean)

Langt er síðan sá eg hann, (It’s been long since I last saw him)
sannlega fríður var hann, (truly he was beautiful)
allt, sem prýða mátti einn mann, (everything that is good in a man)
mest af lýðum bar hann. (most of it he had)

Þig eg trega manna mest (I miss you more than anyone)
mædd af tára flóði, (tired of the flood of tears)
ó, að við hefðum aldrei sést, (oh, if only we had never net)
elsku vinurinn góði. (my dear beloved friend)

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Selma Björnsdottir in an Icelandic National Dress
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Icelandic Traditional Dress

About Skáld-Rósa

The most famous love poem of Iceland is written by a woman. Though little is actually known of her the amount of legends that circle around Rósa Guðmundsdóttir, also known as Skáld-Rósa (= Rósa the poet) or Vatnsenda-Rósa(= Rósa of Vatnsendi), would suggest she was a striking and noteworthy person in her time just the same. Today she may be considered among the most famous of Icelandic poets of all times.

 Born 1795 to a family living in Hörgárdal area, Rósa was taught not only how to read but also how to write, a rarity for the Icelandic women of the past. 

Rósa’s mother died as she was but 12 years old and soon after she left home to work as a servant in Möðruvellir. This is where one of the most known legends of her began, that she met and fell in love with Páll Melsted, and the legend also states her most famous love poem Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu was written with him in mind. Páll moved to Copenhagen to study when Rósa was around 15-17 years old and was already engaged at the time to another lady. Upon his return Rósa was hired at their service and eventually Páll was the spokesman at her first marriage – yet the first child of Rósa was named Pálína, a name that’s essentially the female form of Páll.

The marriage of Rósa and her husband Ólafur Ásmundason was not an easy one. Rósa had an affair with a man called Natan Ketilsson, a known ladies’ man, and some of her children were rumoured to be his instead of Ólafur’s… one, Súsanna, definitely got Natansdóttir as her official patronymic. Rósa admitted to the affair in a trial in 1827 but Ólafur forgave her so that their marriage could continue. Eventually the couple divorced in 1837.

Natan left Rósa in 1826, got involved with other people and was murdered in 1828, a case that is now known as the last murder in Iceland where the murderers were executed for their crime.

Rósa became a midwife, known for her skills, just as her own mother and grandmother had been. Later on she went to study midwifery and graduated, settling down with Gísli Gíslason, a man 20 years younger than her. Though this relationship seemed to have a warm start it was also said that Gísli drank heavily and abused his wife when drunk. The marriage however lasted until the year 1855 when she got ill and died at age 60.

Tipp No. 91: Mystic Landscapes on Iceland – Fine Arts Photography by Mike Reyfman (Ukraine, now: USA)

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Beyond the cliché of the archaic “Land of Fire & Ice”, Iceland seems to offer space…Space just to be….to be your Self, in my view.

Iceland is definetely a destination to yearn for (Sehnsuchtsort). The well-known landscape photographer Mike Reyfman shares some breath-taking impressions with us.

Only people with a free spirit, a rich soul, an open mind and inner beauty are able to discover and catch these qualities in the outside world by taking pictures.

As an appetizer, let` s have a look at Mike Reyfmans perspective on Icelands landscapes…

Mike Reyfman

ABOUT MIKE REYFMAN

Mike Reyfman is renowned landscape and nature photographer.

He was born in Ukraine and moved to United States in January 2000. Mike has been awarded for his photography in the prestigious international photography competitions. His photographs have been used extensively worldwide in calendars, books, magazines and advertising industry. He has written numerous articles on travel and landscape photography and has been teaching photography for many years.

Mike is the founder of WORLDPHOTOTRAVELS.COM which runs photography workshops around the globe.

His works were exhibited at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, the open air exhibition on the prime outdoor places in Moscow and St. Petersburg, travel photography exhibitions at Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo International Airports etc.

In addition, Mike has an experience as photography competition judge and worked as a Jury member at WorldPhoto 2008, Global Arctic Awards 2012 and Patagonia Photo Awards 2017.

“When the great place, right moment, favorable light and sharp eye find each other — the photo is born.”
cit.: Mike Reyfman

For more details, additional galleries and print-outs for sale, please feel free to visit Mike`s website:

http://www.mikereyfman.com/