Dr. Michèle Hayeur Smith When cloth became the basic unit of currency in the medieval Icelandic economy, women–the sole weavers in Norse society–found themselves literally weaving money on their warp-weighted looms. These textiles are an abundant, rich, and diverse archaeological source for learning about women in the past. In this talk, Michele Hayeur Smith will…
The Indigo Iona Saga and the Settlement of Iceland
Today’s featured post is by G. Scott MacLeod, who has successfully embodied the mission of the Northern Women Arts Collaborative by combining both scientific research and art. Based on an exhibit and research project carried out at the National Museum of Iceland, Scott has created a film and graphic novel about the life of a…
THE VALKYRIES LOOM: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF CLOTH PRODUCTION AND FEMALE POWER IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC. By Michèle Hayeur Smith.
Introducing a new book by one of NWAC founding members on the textile traditions of the North Atlantic, from the Viking Age to the Early Modern Period. To be published on November 3rd, 2020 with University Press Florida. “An impressive presentation of Viking Age and medieval textile production in the North Atlantic, especially in Iceland…
The Lady in Blue: the research, the exhibit, on Kastljós, RÚV, Iceland.
This video describing the research process behind the Lady in Blue exhibit was aired on Icelandic television in 2015, as part of the program ´Kastljós´.
Life, Death, Fate and Female Embodiment: Weaving in Viking Age and Medieval Iceland
Lecture by Michele Hayeur Smith Given at Bridgewater State University, on November 1, 2012