By Iben Høj
Iben Høj has for the past two decades been part of the Nordic fashion scene, where her delicately knitted and feminine creations have added a sense of optic lightness and professional weight to the business. Educated as a knitwear designer from the University of Brighton, she combines the proud English knitting tradition with her Danish design inheritance that merges the poetry of knitting with a Scandinavian’s functional approach to form and use.Over the past nine years Iben Høj has expanded her three-dimensional knitting into spacious and artistic expressions, staging her textile signature in both small and gigantic installations that appear at once delicately fragile and potently strong. Iben Høj’s knitted pieces range from miniature formats in wall-mounted Perspex cases to much larger installations that draw equally on the fashion business she is a part of and on the worlds of art and craft that her work relates to with natural ease. From a point of departure in textile and traditional crafts Iben Høj has reinterpreted and developed a conventional trade and made it cool, potent and modern. Her work is nurtured and inspired by the contrasts between traditional and modern, delicate and grand, handmade and machine-made, and it is in the interplay between these contrasts that Iben Høj’s works unite fashion, art, design and the narratives between them. Iben Høj lives and works in Kerteminde on the Danish island of Funen and has received numerous grants and honours throughout her career. She is represented in the permanent Textile and Clothing Collection at Designmuseum Denmark and exhibits internationally on a regular basis – most recently as part of the MINDCRAFT exhibition during the Milan Design Week in 2018 and Cheongju Craft Biennale in South Korea in 2019.