Hrefna Lind Einarsdóttir is a recent graduate from the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

Her final project is Colō (latin for “I cultivate”). The project portrays Icelandic plants on three silk scarfs, composed to create flowing and colourful prints, designed from natural forms.


IMG_9906_72Hrefna Lind looked into the plants housed at the Icelandic Institute of Natural History. She photographed the institute’s herbological samples, some more than 130 years old, and chose nine plants based on their significant role in Iceland’s traditional folk remedies and their association to folklore. The herbs were also used as amulets and they were even believed to hold certain magical abilities.


For instance in the book Íslenzkir þjóðhættir by Jónas Jónasson from Hrafngils there is a claim that White dryas where used to attract financial wealth.


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