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In advance of the deadline for Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci, we interview Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir, a 2022 graduating student from Iceland University of Arts, BA Fashion Design.

Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci is open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and the deadline to apply is August 31 2022.

See Arna’s ARTSTHREAD Portfolio



ARTSTHREAD: Where are you from?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: Reykjavik, Iceland.

ARTSTHREAD: Please describe your workspace at home?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: My workspace for the past 3 years have mainly been in the sewing studio in school but during lockdown I worked at home or in my mothers studio. I live in my friends living room so I don’t have much space, thankfully we are both creatives and don’t mind using all the free space in the apartment for our creations. I often work on the dining table where I can place my sewing machine or simply just on the living-room floor and sometimes in my bed - mainly just for crocheting.

ARTSTHREAD: What is the name, theme, concept and final outcome of your graduate project/thesis?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: The name of my graduation project is Momentary Madness. The concept was a personal take on inner struggles, in this case mainly about my social anxiety and the mood and creative direction I took was from the first memory I have of experiencing it. I reversed the memory because I wanted to create this fantasy world of being in the same situation but as my alter ego where I am fearless. I combined the memory which included a clown and a theatre with my day to day life in Iceland where the weather constantly surprises you and the outcome was a theatrical outerwear collection which includes many layers so you can strip up or strip down to your needs.

ARTSTHREAD:Can you describe your concept and creative process?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: I decided to go in a personal direction and used a poem I wrote last summer called Momentary Madness which is inspired by the first memory I have of experiencing social anxiety. I was around eight years old and got asked to go on stage by a clown and scream as loud as i could into a microphone and i panicked and lost my voice and quietly voiced out aaa.. into the microphone and the whole audience laughed and i felt so vulnerable and powerless. Since then social anxiety has followed me throughout my life. In the poem i write sort of as an alter ego where I go on stage and scream as loud as I can into the microphone and the whole crowd is infected with a Momentary Madness and everyone starts expressing all the buried emotions they had been too afraid to express. I then realise that everyone in the crowd is in-fact me, since I am my worst critic and its my thoughts that hinder me in social situations.

In my design process I started researching clowns and got drawn to the 19th century clowns because i felt like their far away fantasy world was related to my poem which is made from a past memory and I am creating this fantasy world around it. The first step in my research was to self-tape where I dressed up as my version of a 19th century clown and then I took snapshots from the videos and edited them to create this character. I used my wardrobe in the styling sessions, but also a couple of props. Like a padded clown collar and some ruffles, which I put on different places on my body. I then i started collaging, I printed out all of the images and cut out different shapes that were interesting and layered them in different places on a body and form that created the final sketches.

Arna's final project, titled 'Momentary Madness' is a theatrical collection of outerwear pieces, inspired by Arna's own struggles with social anxiety.



When deciding which fabrics I wanted to use and how I wanted to create the final garments,  I decided to combine my world today which is that I live in Iceland and the weather can sometimes be really difficult so I used the storm as kind of a metaphor for emotional struggles and all of the garments are created to be able to layer them up and protect you from the storm, both the emotional and physical storms, and then when you're ready to express or feel safe you can strip down and lose the layers to your desires. I wanted to create a base layer which is made from knitted Icelandic wool and then I hand crochet three garments in the collection which are made with different wools and blends.

During the toiling process I got really inspired by the circle shape which you can see in my self taping sessions with the clown collar where i put it on different places on my body and then its also a reference to the screaming mouth and the circle of life. I made different variations of the circle shape, I made a big padded circle which you can wrap around your body and you can layer up using many sizes of the padded circle. I also have many circle cutouts in my garments which I enhanced with a sponge to make them more visible and important.

ARTSTHREAD: Can you explain the thinking behind the key concepts and outcomes of your project?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: Usually during my design process I like to create a character in my mind which I did in this project by using myself to develop a character and then I like to think about the environment the character is in and what sort of emotional state they are in as-well and in this collection the character is a clown or a joker so I decided to make the crochet joker and clown hats to finalise the characters and the environment they are in is the storm and the theatre so I wanted to keep the humour and the fun movements in the garments to fit into the environment they are supposed to be in.

ARTSTHREAD: Have you had to adapt your work to online tutorials?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: Thankfully everything seems to be going back to normal now and I was able to attend classes in person for my last year in school. But the second year of my studies I sometimes had to look online for the answers I needed during my design process. I actually find youtube tutorials very helpful.

When designing, Arna likes to imagine herself as a character. Envisioning a jester type figure, this helped Arna develop her collection's accessories and silhouettes.



ARTSTHREAD: How has online learning changed your outcomes?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: I think online learning has made me more self depended and I have gained more trust in my self to figure things out, which I think can be very positive even though working in a group environment is also very important! So I feel like my projects are very much ‘’me’’ since I had to figure a lot out by myself without the help from my teachers.

ARTSTHREAD: Did you need to innovate when you had to work by yourself at home?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: Definitely! I learned a lot by having to figure things out by myself and have created a designing techniques which I think really suit me. It’s also freeing to know that you can make things work out by yourself and you can create pretty much everywhere, you don’t need to be in a nice studio with all the best equipment - even though that’s ideal but I feel like that is very much a luxury now to have access to.

ARTSTHREAD: What's one thing that has helped you get through the last 2 years?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: I think the ongoing creative thinking and making things with my hands, creating garments and other kinds of art has been the main thing that helped me mentally the last 2 years. But also keeping in touch with my loved ones was also very important.

ARTSTHREAD: What are the most positive learning outcomes from this process?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: That it is possible to use something traumatic and create something beautiful out of it, to be able to tell a story through garments and that creating is a great therapy.

ARTSTHREAD: How do you think design can help improve the world?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: Designers create a new way of thinking and living which continues to improve the world, to have an open mind and be involved in important conversations.

ARTSTHREAD: What are your hopes for the future?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: My hopes for the future is that we as human beings continue to spread wisdom, kindness and love and continue to inspire each other to do better.

ARTSTHREAD: Thank you Arna - we wish you all the very best

See Arna’s ARTSTHREAD Portfolio

Images in slider: Arna and her work

Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci is open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and the deadline to apply is August 31 2022.

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In advance of the deadline for Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci, we interview Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir, a 2022 graduating student from Iceland University of Arts, BA Fashion Design.

Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci is open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and the deadline to apply is August 31 2022.

See Arna’s ARTSTHREAD Portfolio



ARTSTHREAD: Where are you from?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: Reykjavik, Iceland.

ARTSTHREAD: Please describe your workspace at home?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: My workspace for the past 3 years have mainly been in the sewing studio in school but during lockdown I worked at home or in my mothers studio. I live in my friends living room so I don’t have much space, thankfully we are both creatives and don’t mind using all the free space in the apartment for our creations. I often work on the dining table where I can place my sewing machine or simply just on the living-room floor and sometimes in my bed - mainly just for crocheting.

ARTSTHREAD: What is the name, theme, concept and final outcome of your graduate project/thesis?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: The name of my graduation project is Momentary Madness. The concept was a personal take on inner struggles, in this case mainly about my social anxiety and the mood and creative direction I took was from the first memory I have of experiencing it. I reversed the memory because I wanted to create this fantasy world of being in the same situation but as my alter ego where I am fearless. I combined the memory which included a clown and a theatre with my day to day life in Iceland where the weather constantly surprises you and the outcome was a theatrical outerwear collection which includes many layers so you can strip up or strip down to your needs.

ARTSTHREAD:Can you describe your concept and creative process?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: I decided to go in a personal direction and used a poem I wrote last summer called Momentary Madness which is inspired by the first memory I have of experiencing social anxiety. I was around eight years old and got asked to go on stage by a clown and scream as loud as i could into a microphone and i panicked and lost my voice and quietly voiced out aaa.. into the microphone and the whole audience laughed and i felt so vulnerable and powerless. Since then social anxiety has followed me throughout my life. In the poem i write sort of as an alter ego where I go on stage and scream as loud as I can into the microphone and the whole crowd is infected with a Momentary Madness and everyone starts expressing all the buried emotions they had been too afraid to express. I then realise that everyone in the crowd is in-fact me, since I am my worst critic and its my thoughts that hinder me in social situations.

In my design process I started researching clowns and got drawn to the 19th century clowns because i felt like their far away fantasy world was related to my poem which is made from a past memory and I am creating this fantasy world around it. The first step in my research was to self-tape where I dressed up as my version of a 19th century clown and then I took snapshots from the videos and edited them to create this character. I used my wardrobe in the styling sessions, but also a couple of props. Like a padded clown collar and some ruffles, which I put on different places on my body. I then i started collaging, I printed out all of the images and cut out different shapes that were interesting and layered them in different places on a body and form that created the final sketches.

Arna's final project, titled 'Momentary Madness' is a theatrical collection of outerwear pieces, inspired by Arna's own struggles with social anxiety.



When deciding which fabrics I wanted to use and how I wanted to create the final garments,  I decided to combine my world today which is that I live in Iceland and the weather can sometimes be really difficult so I used the storm as kind of a metaphor for emotional struggles and all of the garments are created to be able to layer them up and protect you from the storm, both the emotional and physical storms, and then when you're ready to express or feel safe you can strip down and lose the layers to your desires. I wanted to create a base layer which is made from knitted Icelandic wool and then I hand crochet three garments in the collection which are made with different wools and blends.

During the toiling process I got really inspired by the circle shape which you can see in my self taping sessions with the clown collar where i put it on different places on my body and then its also a reference to the screaming mouth and the circle of life. I made different variations of the circle shape, I made a big padded circle which you can wrap around your body and you can layer up using many sizes of the padded circle. I also have many circle cutouts in my garments which I enhanced with a sponge to make them more visible and important.

ARTSTHREAD: Can you explain the thinking behind the key concepts and outcomes of your project?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: Usually during my design process I like to create a character in my mind which I did in this project by using myself to develop a character and then I like to think about the environment the character is in and what sort of emotional state they are in as-well and in this collection the character is a clown or a joker so I decided to make the crochet joker and clown hats to finalise the characters and the environment they are in is the storm and the theatre so I wanted to keep the humour and the fun movements in the garments to fit into the environment they are supposed to be in.

ARTSTHREAD: Have you had to adapt your work to online tutorials?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: Thankfully everything seems to be going back to normal now and I was able to attend classes in person for my last year in school. But the second year of my studies I sometimes had to look online for the answers I needed during my design process. I actually find youtube tutorials very helpful.

When designing, Arna likes to imagine herself as a character. Envisioning a jester type figure, this helped Arna develop her collection's accessories and silhouettes.



ARTSTHREAD: How has online learning changed your outcomes?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: I think online learning has made me more self depended and I have gained more trust in my self to figure things out, which I think can be very positive even though working in a group environment is also very important! So I feel like my projects are very much ‘’me’’ since I had to figure a lot out by myself without the help from my teachers.

ARTSTHREAD: Did you need to innovate when you had to work by yourself at home?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: Definitely! I learned a lot by having to figure things out by myself and have created a designing techniques which I think really suit me. It’s also freeing to know that you can make things work out by yourself and you can create pretty much everywhere, you don’t need to be in a nice studio with all the best equipment - even though that’s ideal but I feel like that is very much a luxury now to have access to.

ARTSTHREAD: What's one thing that has helped you get through the last 2 years?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: I think the ongoing creative thinking and making things with my hands, creating garments and other kinds of art has been the main thing that helped me mentally the last 2 years. But also keeping in touch with my loved ones was also very important.

ARTSTHREAD: What are the most positive learning outcomes from this process?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: That it is possible to use something traumatic and create something beautiful out of it, to be able to tell a story through garments and that creating is a great therapy.

ARTSTHREAD: How do you think design can help improve the world?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: Designers create a new way of thinking and living which continues to improve the world, to have an open mind and be involved in important conversations.

ARTSTHREAD: What are your hopes for the future?

Arna Inga Arnórsdóttir: My hopes for the future is that we as human beings continue to spread wisdom, kindness and love and continue to inspire each other to do better.

ARTSTHREAD: Thank you Arna - we wish you all the very best

See Arna’s ARTSTHREAD Portfolio

Images in slider: Arna and her work

Our Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci is open internationally to all art and design undergraduate or postgraduate students graduating in the Academic Year 2021-22 and the deadline to apply is August 31 2022.

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