Thorunn Arnadottir's hammocks and swings are a new addition to her collection called "Sipp og Hoj!" (Skip Ahoy). In the products traditional net-making and larch from East Iceland are combined into objects often used for play and leisure. The project is a collaboration with Egersund fishingnet manufacturer and Thorhallur Thorvaldsson in Eskifjordur, and carpenter Thorhallur Árnason in Egilsstadir.
The main goal with the "Sipp og Hoj" collection is to design products that utilise the craft and materials already in place in the fishing net factory for a new purpose, focusing especially on using material that would otherwise have been thrown away. The collection is a mix of eclectic and cheerful objects where the handcraft is the main feature, mixed with natural elements sourced in East Iceland. The "Sipp og Hoj!" collection was first exhibited at DesignMarch 2014 in Spark Design Space under the collaborative project "Austurland: Designs from Nowhere" curated by Karna Sigurdardottir and Pete Collard, which set out to explore alternative production methods in East Iceland. The project received the first Icelandic Design Awards, in 2014.
"In Iceland we don't have many manufacturing companies, so for me as a product designer I wanted to work with the limitations and design for them, rather than trying to find a suitable production for my ideas... which in most cases would usually end with finding a manufacturer outside Iceland. Working with a manufacturer locally also makes it easier to test things out on a small scale and have a conversation about what works and what doesn't. At Egersund they assemble huge fishing nets for the fishing boats, all by hand. When I first came into the factory I was blown away by the wild colours, the textures, the craft and the abundance of different types of materials they have there. I immediately saw great potential in working with them on something that could highlight their craft, both functionally and aesthetically. But I also like to play with distorting the material in a way that is not usually seen in the fishing nets, by fraying the ends to create "pom-poms" and weaving through the nets so they resemble knitted material and ballerina skirts. I think it fits well with the surprisingly whimsical colours of the ropes. Because everything is usually made by hand and basically custom made, it was a perfect place to do small production batches, where we can work together on fine-tuning processes and techniques. The design is very collaborative, where my vision meets their talents and knowledge of the material. The design process is basically a conversation between us directly into the material. The project is not only about designing the objects, but designing the whole production process and system around it."