Harpa Hrund Pálsdóttir is a recent product design BA graduate from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Her final project is Rusted Heritage, a series of crochet objects eroded by the sea.


Raufarhöfn is a desolate fishing village in the North East of Iceland. With time the once vibrant village has eroded and is slowly rusting away. This place means a lot to me as I spent my summers there as a kid, with my grandparents. One summer, my grandmother taught me how to crochet.

It was a recent trip there, paired with my memories of Raufarhöfn, the rust, the sea, my grandmother’s craft and the gradual decay of the town and the loved ones there that inspired Rusted Heritage.


Rusted Heritage combines delicate craft with coarse material. Wire and yarn are crochet together to form irregular basket like objects that erode in the sea. The rust from the wire bleeds into the yarn and the sea leaves a salted crust that hardens it.

IMG_7334IMG_7330IMG_7344IMG_7365IMG_7363The objects are an interpretation of what was, what is and what will be.

The series was exhibited at the Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhús.


This is our third annual round-up of the final project by graduates from the Iceland Academy of the Arts, showcasing the brand new Icelandic design talent. For all previous posts in The Graduates category, see here.

Images courtesy of the designer

Exhibition photos by Björk Gunnbjörnsdóttir