Karolina Fund

The Karolina Fund is a creative crowd funding platform. It makes sense to use this platform for the purpose of placing orders and for managing production of the art shawls. By placing your order sooner than later you help facilitate the possibility of going into production earlier than planned. This is an all or nothing campaign which means, that if my goal is met we go to print. if not you are reimbursed by the Karolina Fund. Prototypes of the new designs Gaya Mother Earth & Pele The Fire Goddess can be viewed in my studio or on the images provided. These resplendent custom art shawls drape elegantly and are a blend of 45% cotton and 55% viscose, digitally printed and tailored at Fattorseta in Italy.

Orders & Production

Since the production of Siren the Mermaid I've received dozens of requests for the Fire Goddess. The company I order from has increased their minimum order from 50 to 300 pieces. This amount is more than I anticipated qua transport, storage and initial investment. Which is why I am offering a discount to the 1st 20 BULK orders placed. You may choose how many you want from Gaya Mother Earth, Siren the Mermaid or Pele the Fire goddess. It is also possible to order just one shawl.

Your orders give me a clear indication of how many and which of these lavish art shawls should be produced.

The Café Review

La Sirena, the Mermaid of Borgarnes Bay has been selected as the cover art for the summer edition of The Café Review. Many thanks to The Café Review, Meg Matich and Steve Luttrell La Sirena Hafmeyjan continues her journey.

The Summer 2018 Issue of The Café Review is a special issue centering around Icelandic poetry featuring poetry by Soffía Bjarnadóttir, Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir, Vilborg Dagbjartsdóttir, Kristín Eiriksdóttir, Gyrðir Elíasson, Sigurlín Bjarney Gísladóttir, Einar Már Guðmundsson, Ingibjörg Háraldsdóttir, Ísak Harðarson, Þorvaldur Sigurbjörn Helgason, Dagur Hjartarson, Fríða Ísberg, Anton Helgi Jónsson, Elías Knörr, Gerður Kristný, Ingunn Lára, Hlín Leifsdóttir, Jón Örn Loðmfjörð (Lommi), Bragi Ólafsson, Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Óskar Árni Óskarsson, Sigurður Pálsson, Kött Grá Pje, Aðalsteinn Ásberg Sigurðsson, Magnús Sigurðsson, Sjón, Ingunn Snædal, Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir, Kári Tulinius, Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir, Hrafnhildur Þórhallsdóttir, and Sigurbjörg Þrástardóttir. Translations were possible thanks to the hard work of Áslaug Agnarsdöttir, Larissa Kyzer, Sigurður A. Magnússon, Bernard Scudder, Lytton Smith, K. B. Thors, Anna Yates, and Meg Matich. This issue features work by artists Michelle Bird, Elín Elísabet Einarsdóttir, Ragnar Jónsson and Helga Thorodssen.

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Art Prints on Textiles made in Italy

The prototypes of the new Pareos have arrived and this limited edition will go to print this autumn. You can reserve your Earth Element now. These resplendent custom art shawls drape elegantly and are a blend of 45% cotton and 55% viscose, digitally printed and tailored in Cernobbio Italy. #fattorseta #scarves #artfashion

At Home with Photo Travel Magazine

Many thanks to Stefan Ludwig and Kai Pohlkamp from Photo Travel Mag.  In spite of fainting=fake painting which is why I am laughing so much, these fabulous photos show the genuine joy I have in my studio and how at home I am in Iceland.  Hope to see you both again it has been a great pleasure!

Last winter and spring, documentation and applying for grants resulted in two generous cultural grants from SSV Samtök sveitarfélaga á Vesturlandi.  One of which will be used for the construction of an exhibition in Borgarnes and the other was for BFF Borgarnes Film Freaks.  Although I am not actually painting, I AM sewing seeds for future projects.  In just a few days the prototypes of the new Pareos will arrive from Italy hand delivered (heart heart).  Endless proposals to the summer school programs together with teaching workshops shows real interest in the arts in Borgarnes.  Finally I am back on track with learning Icelandic and Italian and slowly mastering how to file taxes in Iceland - which is a high point of self education.  The digital sketch above is one of the three designs I'll be painting this summer in Borgarnes.

Wallpaper and Fabric Samples from Spoonflower

Here I am presenting custom prints on fabric and wallpaper. The first is a 2 ft x 2 ft roll of woven removable wallpaper.   The paper is self adhesive and the brilliant colors pop with endless design details to enjoy. For more information on how to order please follow this link.

Below is a 2 meter order of the Mermaid motif in cotton linen, this piece will be used as curtains. 

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before the journey

Traveling with artwork in progress requires planning and safe packaging.  This panel will travel with me by train to Switzerland, then fly back to Iceland where I will finish painting the details.  I am trying to use my time and materials wisely as there are plenty of things that are difficult to find in Iceland. This painting is acrylic on linen however I will most likely finish with oil - because that's the material I have at home.  If I am ambitious Ill prepare another canvass to roll up and take with me ...  I was hoping to return my Italian culinary series but did not have time.  This panel will remain in Italy until I can return to finish it.

Honey & Abundance

L'ape regina wades in a pool of honey that oozes from a honeycomb.  Trying to recreate a sense of larvae somewhere in the painting, perhaps the silver leafed part will help me achieve an opalescent quality.   Copper leaf was added to random nests cells.   I have one compound eye and shall begin on the ocelli in the next Christmas days. I'd like to see some bees collecting nectar.  Contemplating flowers...My favorite springtime is in Switzerland when the streets are flooded with yellow pollen.

Painting 4.  The Queen Bee - This panel is a journey home to the honey pot of Switzerland.This series of the Elements - Humbled by Nature is a fusion of styles; abstract and figurative, morphing people I know and places I've lived to create my own mythological archetypes in surreal landscapes.  I paint on heavy large linen panels which eventually hang loosely,  to evoke the feeling of Italian tapestries.

oil on canvass board 30 x 40 cm 2014

The Elements Continue

This series of the Elements - Humbled by Nature is a fusion of styles; abstract and figurative, morphing people I know and places I've lived to create my own mythological archetypes in surreal landscapes.  I paint on heavy large linen panels which eventually hang loosely,  to evoke the feeling of the exquisitely woven paintings I saw in Villa Borromeo.
This panel is a journey home to the honey pot of Switzerland.
Painting 4.  The Queen Bee

Painting 1: Siren The Mermaid
The first painting in this series is of a mermaid  La Sirenia, Siren or Hafmeyjan in Icelandic, who is swimming in the Borgarnes bay in Iceland. Her sextant drifts in the swells behind her.  She swims in the splendor of Hrongkelsavik bay in Borgarnes, among the plankton and lump fish (also known as the sea owl.  The mermaid is self portrait although it's also the face of my daughter.  I morphed selfies with images of Bernini's magnificent statue The Rape of Proserpina which stands in Galleria Borghese in Rome.

Painting 2.  The Fire Goddess
The second painting is of the Hawaiian fire goddess Pele.  One of my first treasured stories was the adventures of the shape-shifter Kamapua'a and his romance with Pele. These legends and the islands endless color variations are engraved in my palette.  The figure in this painting is a portrait of sculpture by a turn of the century artist Leonardo Bistolfi.  "A Segantini" La Bellezza liberata dalla materia  translated beauty liberated from matter.

Painting 3. Mother Earth
The third panel is of Gaia the Earth Goddess praying to the coastal Redwoods in California.  These ancient giants hallmark my teenage memories and high school graduation in the Mount Tamalpais state park. - perhaps I am also praying for a diploma.  This is also a self portrait using fetal position photos and photo if the roots of trees from last visit home.

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