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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Fold Unfold Fly, 2015



Most of the time, a tablecloth is kept folded in a closet, waiting for the occasion to dress the table, and as a consequence the folds become an inevitable part of the visual appearance when unfolded on the table. Instead of ignoring the folds as a practical necessity, Fold Unfold Fly makes a point out of them. With a printed pattern of colours bleeding in the folds, the shadows of the folds merge into the pattern to form a subtle and poetic surface, in which the folds have become part of the pattern.

The structure of the printed pattern is based on the grid of the habitual way of folding a tablecloth, transferred from generation to generation through centuries over big parts of the world: Two persons stand in each end of the tablecloth, they centerfold length-wise, tilt, then lift the corners to the centerfold, pull to make the folds fall neatly, move towards each other with the folded tablecloth between them, and again centerfold repeatedly. Most men and women regardless of social status know this almost ritual dance of folding a tablecloth, and often an older member of the family taught them. By putting a narrative to this behavioral pattern, Fold Unfold Fly seeks to give evidence to a cultural heritage of very little attention.

100% Halb Panama cotton canvas, digital textile print, 140×240 cm