The Art of Napkin Folding
by Margrethe Odgaard

An oversize damask napkin that is hand-painted and folded on-site.

The Art of Napkin Folding is an oversize damask napkin that is hand-painted and folded on-site. Cloth napkins and napkin folding are old traditions that have not changed much over the past few generations. In Margrethe Odgaard’s own words, “I put the tradition under a looking glass and expose it to punk. Maybe I can breathe new life into ‘the art of napkin folding’?” The old art of napkin folding has almost gone out of use today. Margrethe Odgaard takes a closer look at the tradition, enlarges it and renders it grotesque and exclusive. The napkins were sponsored by Georg Jensen Damask.

Margrethe Odgaard took part in the Charlottenborg spring exhibitions in 2007. She is a three-time recipient of grants from Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation and also received grants from the Danish Arts Foundation in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, Margrethe Odgaard was part of the team that did the interior design and decoration of the Mielcke & Hurtigkarl restaurant in Frederiksberg Park.
Margrethe Odgaard’s work typically experiments with one overriding idea that she is fascinated by and seeks to explore. This may be a technique that she wants to test or a sensation that she wants to convey. Her work is mainly done in materials such as linen, cotton, wool, silk and paper. Margrethe Odgaard draws inspiration from art, music and street art and from speaking with people who are passionate about something. Her works are textile and characterised by a graphic, simple and slightly humorous quality.

Margrethe Odgaard, born 1978. Textile designer, graduated from The Danish Design School in 2005 and from the Rhode Island School of Design in the USA.

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