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.
Church textile design project for Holy Anna Children’s Church. Client: The Vantaa Parish Union. 2004.
In the design of the ecclesiastical textiles of the Holy Anna Children’s Church, I sought to interpret the Bible’s stories through modern and experimental embroidering techniques. These coarse hand-dyed and partly hand-embroidered silk textiles were inspired by the church milieu and the rough style of the altarpiece. Newly created details also included pieces of cross jewellery, in which I used a combination of elm tree and frosted silver.
Church textile design project for Heponiemi Retreat Center. Client: The Helsinki Deaconess Institute. 2007.
My textile design work for the Heponiemi Centre of Silence included the hand-dying of a thick linen cloth, and the creation of a unique new element, a piece of stola jewellery, the Heponiemi Cross of Silence. Since 2007, the Cross of Silence has also been reproduced in the form of necklaces and earrings. The design of the cross is a combination of the transcending power of faith with utter simplicity of form. The cross design is the signature work of goldsmith Isto Kotavuopio.
Jewelry in Me
Jewelry in Meexhibition and study project. Hand printed textile art, paper lamp collection, product family based on Kalevala Koru jewellery for the Kalevala Koru Shop, Helsinki, 2012. Lahti Muotohuoltamo Centre, 2012.
I had the opportunity to coach a select group of Aalto University students in collaboration with the Kalevala Koru Company.The project was based on ten of Kalevala Koru’s most popular pieces of jewelry, which we could use freely in our works. In addition to coaching, I participated in the group exhibition with my own art works.
The collection comprising of twelve handprinted paper lampshades is an interpretation of the Kalevala Koru’s jewellery Halikon Kääty, Halikko Necklace and bracelet.Kalevala Koru is a company founded by women. I wanted to highlight this by creating a series of lampshades with patterns expressing different female personalities: loud, quiet, shy – women pioneers and vocal leaders.Active women such as the founders of Kalevala Koru.
The variation of individual patterns to create larger designs is characteristic of my work: the study of a theme from many perspectives, so-to-speak, by changing scale and rhythm.
Donors' Lounge Aalto University
Interior and colour, concept design, renovation management for Donors’ Lounge, Otaniemi. Client: Aalto University Foundation, 2013.
Donors’ Lounge is an exclusive sauna and lounge space renovation project for Aalto University’s donor companies. Among the guiding elements of my interior decoration plan was the use of art works to create an elevated atmosphere, combined with various products designed by Aalto University Alumni, including a few allusions to the visual identity of the Aalto brand. The design project was holistic, including the planning and overseeing of the renovation, the interior design and colour coordination, the selection of all the pieces of furniture and small objects, as well as the remodeling of the sauna area.