Ásta Björk Fridbertsdóttir

Fridbertsdottir lives in Sudureyri village in the Westfjords. Her works, sculptural pictures and jewellery pieces using human hair, flowers, leaves, and other elements are created via a very time-consuming process based on a method that originated in Sweden. In Iceland he method of working with human hair dates back to early 19th century with women from Westfjords learning the trade in Denmark and passing it on to their daughters. Fridbertsdottir has said she will only teach her skills to her  descendants.

Friðbertsdóttir’s most famous client is the singer Björk Gudmundsdottir who wore a hair sculpture when performing the commissioned piece ”Oceania” at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. The award-winning textile artist Hrafnhildur Arnardottir, aka Shoplifter, who is based in New York City, used a Fridbertsdottir hair sculpture when creating a persona for the cover of Björk’s album Medúlla, released the same month as the Olympic performance. Fridbersdottir’s handicraft has been a huge inspiration for Shoplifter’s own investigation of human hair in her art practice.

Fridbertsdottir’s hair pieces are available in the handicraft shop at Sudureyri village and she has also exhibited her pieces in many museums