Church textile design project for Aitolahti Church, Tampere. Client: The Tampere Parish Union, 2000.
Church textile design combines artistic expression and conceptual design thinking in a unique way. The process often requires teamwork and calls for the mastery of many different skills among collaborating partners. Colour coordination requires the command of ecclesiastic colour schemes, which are always based on different shades of green, red, purple and white, and occasionally black, such as in the Aitolahti church.
In my first church textile design project, I dyed and printed all the cloths by hand. My themes were a rich world of patterns, combined with a simple design and the gentle feel of velvet to soften the sharp, modern feel of the church.