Urd Moll Gundermann

DENMARK (1980)
Urd Moll Gundermann
Growing up in and just outside Copenhagen, Urd Moll Gundermann, who’s named for a Nordic goddess, was taken with fashion. “I’ve always been fascinated by fashion and textiles, and the fibers of the textiles and patterns and colors in combination,” she says. With encouragement from her father, drawing and sketching became passions as well. “I think it’s a part of me. It will always be a part of me. I feel that it’s my life.”

She went on to study at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and earned a master’s degree in 2011 in fashion and textiles. “When I studied, in the beginning, it was fashion,” she says. “But in fashion, the interesting part for me was also the textiles. And I did all of the textiles myself. I did all the patterns and made the textiles before I created the clothes.”

Along the way, she began also to make graphic books to provide a kind of canvas. “That’s also why I’m now into rugs, I think,” she says. “They’re like a canvas where you can create your stories in a way, like when you’re sketching. I’ve always felt a great passion for telling stories.”

The move to rugs came in 2012 when she took a job with Danish rug maker Linie Design and eventually became head of design there. “As a designer,” she says, “you’re in an eternal dialogue with yourself. You’re constantly considering, debating and discussing with yourself whether a motif or a pattern works or not, or if the color or fabric of the design should be subdued or vibrant, and what your instinct tells you.”

The spark for her designs often emerges by chance. “I always have my camera on me, and my eye seeks inspiration in the present moment,” she says. “It could be anything from old buildings, unusual surfaces, shadows, mirrored light reflected in the landscape, interesting people. My fascination for patterns, colors, materials and form has always been there for as long as I can remember.”

Gundermann’s illustrations have been shown in organized exhibitions, “showing my playful work with art, textiles, fashion and graphics.” She abides by a personal motto and shares it unabashedly: “Not hate, anger, mockery or contempt, but understanding.”
Filters Filters (8) Clear filters
4 Results
4 Results


Sort By –
Refine Clear All
1 colors
2 colors
3 colors
1 colors