Margrethe Odgaard

Textile and colour designer Margrethe Odgaard approach colour as a rich sensory experience. By immersing herself in the intricate interplay of colour, material, and light, she seeks a deeper understanding of how we experience and emotionally connect with our physical surroundings.

Balancing her time between commercial collaborations with renowned companies like Kvadrat, Muuto, Montana, HAY, and IKEA, and an artistic practice rooted in self-initiated research and unique work, Odgaard has showcased her work in solo exhibitions at prominent museums such as Willumsen’s Museum (DK), Röhsska Museum (SE), Designmuseo Helsinki (FI), and Munkeruphus (DK). Since 2023, she has  been associated with the Parisian gallery Maria Wettergreen, where her unique works are exhibited and made available for purchase

Her work has garnered numerous prizes and awards, including the Three-year work grant from The Danish Arts Foundation in 2015, the prestigious Torsten & Wanja Söderberg Prize in 2016 and most recent The Art, Design, and Architecture Prize from the Einar Hansen og Hustru fru Vera Hansens Fond in 2023.

Before setting up her design studio in 2013, Odgaard worked as a printing assistant at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, USA, followed by seven years as textile designer in the French fashion company EPICE. She graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in 2005 with additional studies at Rhode Island School of Design in USA.

Margrethe Odgaard Studio
Strandgade 75 C
3000 Elsinore, Denmark

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Black Squares (Tiefschwarz), 2019



Malevich’s painting ‘Black Square’ from 1915 is often referred to as the zero point of painting. Instead of looking at the black colour as a reset black hole, ‘Black Squares (Tiefschwarz)’ seeks to show new depths and shades of the colour black. By letting go of absolute control in the dying process and letting the materials take over part of the process, the colour steps out of the black empty nothingness and into a world full of drama and poetry.

Through experiments, Odgaard developed a reactive dying technique that allows the dyestuff to continue working after she finished printing. By leaving the thickener out of the printing recipe and sprinkling the black dyestuff directly onto the wet fabric soaked in chemicals and covered with a plastic frame, Odgaard obtained a technique where the dyestuff migrates to the dryer part of the fabric. As a result, the black dyestuff reveals turquoise and pink tones at the edge of the otherwise jet-black Tiefschwarz pigment.

90x90cm / 100% linen, black dyestuff / Series of 3.