The traditional crafts of crochet and knitting have become hot trends in modern art. We follow a few international artists and knitters as they bring yarn into the streets and our lives in new ways. Starting in Iceland, this quirky and thought-provoking film takes us on a colorful global journey as we discover how yarn connects us all.


Yarn takes us from the windswept hills of Iceland to the warm waters of the Caribbean, weaving together the stories these people share with us, their passion, struggles and view of the world. Olek (Agata Oleksiak), Polish but based in New York is prolific and frank and produces monumental and provocative crochet works in and beyond galleries all over the world. Tinna, a knitter and activist from Iceland is forthright, feminist and wedded to causes from Palestine to feminism. Tilde Bjorfors and the performers of the Cirkus Cirkor in Sweden have created the contemporary circus work Knitting Peace which has toured throughout the World. And finally the Japanese textile artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam, now based in Nova Scotia makes contemporary art sculptures out of yarn and today uses yarn to create expressive structures for play.

About the film

  • Type: Documentary
  • National Premiere Date: September 9, 2016, Bíó Paradís
  • International Premiere Date: February 2, 2016, Göteborg Film Festival
  • Length: 76 min.
  • Language: English, Icelandic, Swedish
  • Original Title: Garn
  • International Title: Yarn
  • Production Year: 2016
  • Production Countries: Iceland, Poland
  • IMDB: Yarn
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: HD
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Color: Yes
  • Screening format and subtitles: DCP, Blu-ray


Company Credits


  • Göteborg Film Festival, 2016
  • South by Southwest, 2016
  • Love & Anarchy – Helsinki International Film Festival, 2016
  • Galway Film Fleadh, Galway, Írland, 2016
  • Newport Beach Film Festival, Kalifornía, Bandaríkin, 2016
  • Skjaldborg, 2016
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, 2016
  • Port Townsend Film Festival, Washington, Bandaríkjunum, 2016
  • Milwaukee Film Festival, 2016
  • Nordisk Panorama Film Festival, Malmö, Svíþjóð, 2016
  • SXSW Film Festival, 2016

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