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SLIDESHOW: Nordic artists participating in the NFB at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard. Here, a still from the fashion-influenced film Magma by Marianna Mørkøre and Rannvá Káradóttir.

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Looks from Hildur Yeoman, an Icelandic designer and fashion illustrator. Her work is featured in the NFB’s main exhibit, "Looking Back to Find Our Future."

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Cult designer Henrik Vibskov is one of the region’s most well-known contemporary designer. He’ll be speaking during the symposium on September 30 and October 1.

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Danish designer Barbara i Gongini has been heavily involved in the sustainability movement, and, despite the ultra dark, ultra goth aesthetic, collaborated in 2009’s Bright Green Fashion collection.

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A look from Icelandic designer Eyglo.

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Gudrun & Gudrun is a knitwear line made by two natives of the remote Faroe Islands, which sit between Norway and Iceland.

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Greenland’s Julie Edel Hardenberg will also speak at the 9/30 and 10/1 symposium. Much of her work seems to riff on a key piece called ‘Rigsfælleskabspause’ ("the break of the Danish Commonwealth"), in which she used flags from Greenland and Danish to construct a kind of straight jacket.

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"Recycle or die;" Aftur’s brand slogan is pretty direct about the repurposed materials used in their Iceland-based line.

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The inspiration for Jóhanna Methúsalemsdóttir’s jewelry line, Kria, is said to come from a black lava Icelandic beach on which she found a bird skeleton. That’s the kind of romantic darkness that typifies at least our expectation of Nordic artists, if not always their actual work.

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