OPEN CALL - winter residency at the Textile Center including a spinning workshop


Applications are open for textile artists interested in a winter residency including a spinning workshop at the Textílsetur textile residency November and/or December 2018. 


The winter months used to be the time of storytelling and wool working in Iceland. In November and December, the short days bring a very beautiful light and atmosphere that lends itself to textile explorations.


This self-directed program offers artists space, time, and the possibility to experience the art of hand spinning yarn. A two-day beginner's spinning workshop is included in the residency fee and will be held twice, once each month. We will explore carding, spinning single and multi-ply yarns. We will listen to stories, talk about the characteristics of Icelandic sheep and wool processing, and visit the local wool washery. No previous spinning experience is required.


The winter residency is offered from November – December 2018, with a two-day workshop held each month (you may participate in a second workshop and build on your knowledge if you are staying longer than one month).


We encourage applications from artists who work with both traditional and contemporary forms of textile and fiber arts, or whose artistic practices are intrinsically linked to the use of textiles, including performance, costume/theater, installation, wearable art and fashion.

Workshops are led by Jóhanna Pálmadóttir, sheep farmer and teacher of handspinning, embroidery and knitting for nearly 30 years. Spinning wheels will be provided and all materials and equipment are included.


The residency is based in “Kvennaskólinn”, the former Women’s College of Blönduós. There are private rooms with shared living and open plan shared studios, a loom weaving loft, and a small gallery attached to the dye studio.


For more information on the application process go to

We encourage artists and future spinning enthusiasts to apply before September 15th, 2018!