Tonight, it is Giljagaur, Gully Gawk that will arrive to town. Hiding in the gullies, it waits for an opportunity to steal milk. The Icelandic design gift by SPARK design space is the beautiful 2013 calendar by Snaefrið Thorsteins and Hildigunnur Gunnarsdóttir.
Did you see Text Page that they introduced during DesignMarch earlier this year? They recently received a grant from Aurora Design Fund to continue work on the project – we cannot wait to see what happens next!
In the Icelandic folklore, there is not just one Santa – there are 13! Starting on December 12 through to December 23, they arrive to towns from the mountains, one by one, playing little tricks along the way.
Their names give hints to the mischief they perform: Þvörusleikir (Spoon-licker) and Pottasleikir (Pot-licker) steal food, while Hurðaskellir (Door-slammer) makes noise and Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage-pilfer) nicks sausages.
Each evening, Icelandic children lay a shoe on their window sill. The Yule lads leave a small gift in good children’s shoes – naughty children receive a cold, rotten potato instead.
Every day until 23rd, design gallery Spark design space will play “yule lad”, giving out a different design item as a gift “to the shoe in the window”. To partake, remember to be good and like the gift posts on SPARK design space Facebook page here. We will be posting about each of the items up until Christmas – stay tuned!
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