Margrethe Odgaard

Textile and colour designer Margrethe Odgaard apply herself to the sensual quality of colour in the surface. She works with colour as a full, sensory perception and believes that products made with the intention of nourishing the body and mind will have a positive impact on the viewer. With her intense focus on the interaction of colour, material and space, she aims to become clearer about how we as humans experience and emotionally connect with the world around us.

Odgaard shares her time equally between commercial collaborations and an artistic practice based on self-initiated research. On her client list is companies as Kvadrat, Muuto, Montana, HAY, and IKEA, and her exhibition catalogue includes solo exhibitions at Willumsen’s Museum (DK), Röhsska Museum (SE), Designmuseo Helsinki (FI), and Munkeruphus (DK). In 2015 she received the Three-year work grant from The Danish Arts Foundation and in 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Award (SE).

In addition to running her own studio, Margrethe Odgaard is part of the design duo Included Middle together with furniture designer Chris L. Halstrøm.

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
Sturlasgade 14 T, 2.
Islands Brygge
2300 Copenhagen S

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Y Arpeggios for piano, 2017



‘Y Arpeggios for piano’ is a five track EP with piano instrumentals composed and performed by Faroese composer Teitur Lassen. It was released by Ferryhouse Productions in 2017 and accompanied by 5 woodprints by Margrethe Odgaard conceived as eye-music and printed at Steinprent, Faroe Islands. Consequently, the collaboration was made into a notebook printed in a limited edition of 20.

Y Arpeggios is based on the idea that you play mirrored patterns in the shape of a Y instead of traditional chords and harmonies. Arpeggiare is Italian and means to play on a harp. It refers to notes played in a sequence rather than ringing out simultaneously. Instead of playing in one key, Y Arpeggios uses two keys, for example C and F. The two root notes mirror each other; when one goes up, the other goes down and vice versa. Imagine your thumbs are the vertical line at the bottom of a Y and your remaining four fingers on each hand are playing the lines in mirrored contrary motion.

Eye music is a term for graphical notation of music dating back to the early Renaissance. It is unnoticeable by the listener when performed. The double circle of the woodcut print is an image of the two keys melting into one figure and of your two hands moving simultaneously in a mirrored pattern. Referring to studies of the connection between colours and sound, especially those of Isaac Newton from 1704, each colour appoints to a certain note like C as the colour red, D as the colour orange and so on. As patterns solid ash, Douglas, beech, oak, and elm tree have been used for their different grain.

Teitur Lassen and Margrethe Odgaard