PSFK travels to Iceland to get an in-depth look at how local design and crafts may save their struggling economy.

As part of a recent visit to Reykjavik to investigate how Iceland is rebounding from their recent financial troubles, we were privileged to be able to meet with several local designers and craftspeople who shared their opinion on the state of the country’s design economy. While in brighter times many goods like cloth and textiles were able to be imported and sold at relatively reasonable prices, since the collapse, designers have had to increasingly look within the country to provide themselves with materials and inspiration. As a result, traditional elements of local fashion like Icelandic wool have been making a large-scale come back, and smaller artisans have moved towards their historic backgrounds to help inspire their art making processes.

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