Thanks to their intensive research process, Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer also reveal how both up-and-coming and well-known Nordic designers work, what inspires them, and what effect their origins have on their identities and their design. The Weather Diaries is supplemented by essays that examine Nordic fashion design in terms of its sustainability and cultural heritage, as well as insightful interviews and a look at how the book was made.
The Weather Diaries features fashion designers Mundi, Jör By Guðmundur Jörundsson, Steinnun, Barbara Í Gongini, Guðrun & Guðrun, Bibi Chemnitz, and Najannguaq Lennert, as well as the jewelry designer Kría, craftsman Nikolaj Kristensen and the artists Jessie Kleemann, Rammatik, and Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir a.k.a. Shoplifter.
Sarah Cooper, born in the USA in 1974, and Nina Gorfer, born in Austria in 1979, live and work in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since 2006 they have worked together as Cooper & Gorfer and are known throughout the world for their photographic narratives, especially their SEEK publications In a House of Snow and My Quiet of Gold.
The artists were commissioned by Nordic House Iceland to curate the 2014 Nordic Fashion Biennale and to create an artistic presentation of the event. To this end, they traveled throughout Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland to stage and photograph the work of selected fashion designers. The resulting images, which are inspired by the painting of the eighteenth and nineteenth century as well as unrelenting Nordic weather conditions, are collected in this compelling showcase.