..before you get to touch your lovers skin, you travel through layers of invisible fur...
The subject of touch and physical contact is very important in the current digital communication world we live in, as designer Signe Emdal agrees.
We have been following Danish textile artist and designer Signe Emdal´s creations in COVER since 2016. Her impressive weaving skills combine with highly original concepts, making the resulting pieces remarkable in more ways than one.
Her latest work My Little Icelandic Pony will be part of an exhibition curated by Kontempo- an association of Nordic textile designers “Is this colour?” is at the Round Tower in Copenhagen, from 11 may - 22 june 2019.
“I usually work with industrial making of fabrics”, says Emdal. “Especially jacquard techniques, knitted and woven. But in august 2018 I created a new adventure with an analogue knot-tec. I named the technique “touch”. Its a hybrid of a few things..
My Little Icelandic pony was woven in Lopi wool by Emdal during a recidensy in Iceland supported by the Danish Art council combining two different knotting techniques on a tapestry loom. “The material-construction reflects profound human experiences from my own life”.
This is how she explains her concept:
“A living human skin is not just a surface. A living skin is the direct transition to a humans inner life. The heart. Before you get to touch your lovers skin, you travel through layers of invisible fur. This may take time. It may take a while before you get to touch the actual skin material. When you finally get there, you enter the actual merging fase. The more you touch, the more you will merge. After a while, your touch will be visible and you changed your lovers blueprint forever. Let it be a gentle touch. Like approaching an animal for the first time. Humble. Slow. With presence and respect.”