Aurora Borealis
by Iben Høj

Aurora Borealis

Knit sculpture suspended from a sinuous acrylic rod. The shimmering fabric incorporates extremely fine-gauge strands, including a fibre with glow-in-the-dark properties that is charged in daylight and subsequently emits light for a limited period of time.

The work was created using hand-operated knitting machines. The large size required the use of several machines at once in an elaborate process where the thread was carefully moved from one thread guide to the next. The yarn is made of up to seven different strands, which makes it possible to gradually change the colour of individual threads to achieve the desired shimmering effect in a process that Høj describes as ‘painting with fibres’. The finished work incorporates more than 50 different fibres.

Threads and yarn made of viscose, polyamide, polyester, monofil and other fibres

L 400 x H 300 x 95 cm

Thanks to Lineapiù Italia S.p.a. and Fuesers Garne GMBH
Thanks to Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968 and Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond

Iben Høj
Knit designer, textile artist, b. 1970

Iben Høj creates both knitwear and artistic, sculptural works in knitting. Her experimental works push the boundaries of knit design, testing new techniques and principles of form, incorporating unconventional effects and textures, spatial qualities and light.

A key source of inspiration is her hands-on work with the materials. She uses hand-operated knitting machines, where she is able to experiment with effects, patterns, textures, techniques and form as the fabric takes shape, sometimes seizing on a possibility that emerges by chance. A recurring feature in her work is the use of multiple shades of colour and dynamic, rhythmic sequences of complexity and simplicity, surfaces and spatial volumes, regular patterns and shifts. She also draws inspiration from nature, including her growing collection of dry leaves, seed heads, sea shells, stones and pebbles – a veritable sample box of interesting and evocative structures, textures and shapes.

Education and practice
2016–: member of the Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Crafts and Design Grants
2015–: teacher and head of workshop, knitting, Design School Kolding
2002–: own company and brand, design and production of knitwear
1997: BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles Design with Business Studies, First Class Honours, University of Brighton, Faculty of Fashion and Textiles
1992–93: Foundation Course in Art & Design, specializing in textile design, University of Westminster, Harrow School of Art

Selected collections and projects
2017: Kunstforeningen 14. august
2013: ‘Unravelled – a decade of fine threads’, self-published book presenting ten years of knit design
2009: Designmuseum Danmark, Fashion and Textile Design Collection
2009: Kunstforeningen 14. august

Selected grants and honours
2017: Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968, working grant
2017: Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond, project grant
2015: Danish Arts Foundation, project grant
2013: Danish Arts Foundation, working grant
1997: Selected and sponsored to take part in Texprint Annual Design Exhibition for Industry, Indigo fair, Premier Vision, Paris

Selected exhibitions
2015–: Fashion & Fabric, permanent exhibition, Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen
2017: ‘Ultimate Impact’, The Round Tower, Copenhagen
2016: Spring Exhibition, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
2015: The Biennale for Craft and Design, Copenhagen
2014: ‘Visionary Knitwear’, Fashion and Textile Museum, London



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Half Pieces<br>by Carl Emil Jacobsen
Sun Disc <br>by Cecilie Bendixen
All is Flux<br>by Gitte Jungersen
Aurora Borealis<br>by Iben Høj
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A Family<br>by Kasper Kjeldgaard
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Field of flowers (long winter poem) <br>by Louise Campbell
Follow Me <br>by Maria Koshenkova
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