The name Fjaðrafellir is a reference to when birds, particularly the Common Eider, lose their feathers. The designer liked the idea of wrapping yourself into feathers as a form of protection from the cold as the mama bird does to protect her young in her nest.
Undir Feld means under the fur which is an old icelandic saying for taking time to think about an important decision. The saying refers to Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði who is said to have slept under a large fur blanket while making the decision whether Iceland should take up christianity and ban paganism. The illustration itself is of humanoids under the blanket intertwined, some in naughty positions, but on the whole in the shape of a brain or head.
Vāmācāra is a Sanskrit term meaning “left-handed attainment”. It is used to describe a particular mode of worship or sadhana (spiritual practice). The design features geometric shapes referencing the Icelandic magical staves (sigils), symbols credited with magical effect preserved in various grimoires dating from the 17th century and later.
Fjalla-Eyvindur (Icelandic for “Eyvindur of the Mountains”; 1714–1783) was an Icelandic outlaw. He and his wife Halla are reported to have fled into the remote highlands of Iceland after 1760. They lived in the wilderness for twenty years. The remote highlands are the setting of this illustrated blanket, outlining the actual mountain ridges Eyvindur became so familiar with.
Børk is a collaboration of designers in Reykjavíc, Iceland. In this series of blankets, a project call Børk No. 1, four designers each created a blanket. The blankets are titled with Icelandic names, sayings, and terms, which are explained by the designers below each pair of images. Each designer’s name is linked to his individual portfolio.
>> See more of Børk’s work at bork.is.