Arnþrúður Ösp Karlsdóttir 


Arnþrúður Ösp Karlsdóttir

textílhönnuður, bókverkakona og listgreinakennari

textile artist, book artist, art teacher

Arnþrúður Ösp lauk listnámi frá textíldeild MHÍ og kennaranámi frá Håndarbejdet Fremmes Seminarium í Kaupmannahöfn. Hún vinnur textílverk og bókverk og hefur sýnt á sýningum hérlendis og erlendis. Hún býr og starfar í Reykjavík.

Arnþrúður Ösp graduated from the department of textile at The Icelandic School of Arts and Crafts and as teacher from Håndarbejdet Fremmes Seminarium in Copenhagen. She works with textile and book art and has held exhibitions in Iceland and abroad. She lives and works in Reykjavík.

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Arnþrúður is an Icelandic artist. She has been active as a textile artist, teaching fibers and art education since finishing her studies. Arnþrúður graduated from The Icelandic College of Art and Craft (1988-1991) with an emphasis on textile design and fiber art, and as teacher in textiles and fibres from Handarbejdet Fremmes Seminarium in Copenhagen (1982-1985). 

After graduation she taught at the Icelandic College of Art and Craft from 1994-1999, in the textile department at Reykjavik School of Visual art from 2010-2017, and was Director of Teacher Education for artists for Iceland Academy of Arts from 2000-2010. She has had both solo and group exhibitions in Iceland, Scandinavia, and USA. Since 1998 she has been a member of ARKIR a book art group. She is a member of SIM, The Association of Icelandic Artists. She lives in Reykjavík, Iceland and works and creates in her studio at Korpúlfstaðir in Reykjavík.


In her art making she works with thread and traditional textile and fiber techniques including knitting, crochet and embroidery using traditionally spun wool or linen thread that she hand dyes, she also works with alternative materials such as paper and plastic as thread and yarn, adding to the depth of both her traditional and contemporary artistry.

She says, "Nature has always played an important part in my life, as a inspiration and refuge to me. I admire the landscapes and their forms from the mountains in the distance with snowdrifts on the top, or the close-up look of the small vegetation and the stones that I walk on.

In my work I seek to express the visual qualities of form and image, atmosphere, lightness and density. I mix traditional fiber techniques with more experimental approach to textiles seen in contemporary art, focusing on the fine details using subtle technique and colour blending, seeking a meticulous finish to my work.”