we’ve seen artists from around the world use all kinds of things as the base for creating their art. apart from the common paper, canvas, cloth, walls and glass, artists have turned everyday objects into forms of art.
but none of them are as quirky as Ýrúrarí.
a textile designer based in reykjavik, iceland, Ýrúrarí has been knitting 3d elements to second hand sweaters for the past few years now. and then life took a turn in april when the corona virus entered iceland. it was around april 2020, when she noticed people all around her wearing face masks to protect themselves from the virus.
and that is when inspiration hit her and taking a leaf out of her 3d sweaters, she started knitting 3d face masks. with the designs being inspired by current events. in her work, she uses face forms and expressions a lot and she extended that to her line of face masks too.
when we spoke to her, Ýrúrarí said that these masks don’t substitute for the real face masks but can be worn on top of the actual masks. they were never intended to be protective in nature, rather more like wearable sculptures with an element of fun thrown in to keep social distancing in practice.
she went on to say that even though she does not sell these face masks, anyone with even a lil experience of knitting can easily create the patterns of her masks. she has a manual on her website called sleik-zine which is an experimental knitting pattern manual that uses words and images to knit so-called “sleik” mouths to decorate old jumpers.