Katrin Olina‘s exhibition Miklimeir follows in the long tradition of using rugs or carpets to tell stories.

For the past 15 years Katrín Olina has developed a rich visual language that builds on research, experimentation and intuitive creative drawing processes that combine the use of technology with the hand drawn. The carpets depict the unfolding world of Miklimeir and his magic garden inhabited by a strange and wonderful cast of characters.

Zooming out of the past and into the future, the carpets have a renaissance feel but at the same time they are futuristic, leaving traces of the digital workspace of their creator.

Katrin Olina has collaborated with the royal tassel makers at Århus Possement fabric A/S and the carpet manufacturer Ege who produce high quality carpets using state of the art technology.

The exhibition consists of one large carpet (400 x 610 cm) made in limited edition of 3 and three smaller carpets (130 x 190 cm) made in unlimited edition. The tassels are part of the carpets as well as stand alone objects. The exhibition also features ten drawings as well as silk-screen prints.

 

Miklimeir jumped out of a box and threw his hands up in joy.

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We’ve entered a hairy season.

 

Infinity is a hairy thing.

 

Number 8, is a lucky number for many. In chemistry it is is the number of oxygen.

 

Born in Iceland, Katrin Olina studied Industrial Design at the E.S.D.I. in Paris before working in the European design studios of Philippe Starck (Paris) and Ross Lovegrove (London). Since then, she has worked predominantly as a graphic artist and illustrator in the fields of industrial design, fashion, interiors, print and animation. Her work has also been featured in several prominent museum and gallery exhibitions around the world.

Olina has also collaborated with high tech companies such as materials producers DuPont Corian and 3M. Her clients have included porcelain manufacturer Rosenthal and furniture manufacturer Swedese. In addition, she has worked as a consultant and visualizer in the field of creative development for organizations such as Clear Village Foundation.

In 2008, she created Eulespiegel, an animation featuring otherworldly landscapes and imaginary creatures. Another recent project has been Cristal Bar in Hong Kong where her dream-like drawings cover every interior surface, enabling a new level of interactivity in three-dimensional space. Cristal Bar has won numerous international awards, including the Forum Aid Award in Stockholm, the SEGD Merit Prize in San Diego and the DV Culture Prize in Iceland in 2009.

 

Photos © V. Birgisson