OCTOBER 2017 – INKA KIVALO
THIS IS WHAT I DO IN THE ATELIER
I feel attracted to materials, because I need them, and they dictate the nature of what can be done. Everything starts from a thread. I compile a new yarn from multiple fine threads. Amidst thin cotton or silk threads there might be a golden threads or an inherited one. I collect threads and yarns.
My woven artworks are like windows to colorful worlds. They do not express anything straightforwardly, they just hint at the right direction, unveiling the atmosphere.
To ease my work, I often choose a palette of new and fascinating color tones. I might think- should I make a golden, Lassila`s farm rooster colored; or a purple, thunderstorm-toned work? And then I aim for that.
The weave itself is the theme of my work. I work with a simple plain weave by manipulating it. Afterwards I might applique or stitch the fabric with some surplus material. I do it in such a manner, that the end result would be vaguely spontaneous-looking and richer, and that the slow work process would lead to liberating finale.
I am my own handwriting. I reflect myself and then start the work.
- Born in Helsinki in 1956
- Studied textile arts at the University of Art and Design Helsinki 1979-1985 (MA)
- Has participated in exhibitions both in Finland and abroad since 1985
- Pieces of work in various collections
- Has designed textile prints
- Has been teaching at the University of Art and Design Helsinki experimental handicrafts, jacquard weaving, basics of design and environmental planning
- Textile artist of the year in 2000
- A 5-year grant from the state of Finland 2009-2013
- ‘Suomi muotoilee’ (Finland desings) certificate of honour 1993
- Has her own atelier in Töölö in Helsinki and in a small cabin in Tuusula