Moodboard for the House of Play and Rain, 2017.

Moodboard for the House of Play and Rain, 2017.

Exhibition the House of Play and Rain was inspired by Niki de Saint-Phalle, Emil Nolde, Yves Klein and Raoul Dufy. Also scandinavian textile designs from 1970's and imaginary Paris from 1920's were major influences in the design process.

Various jacquards, 2016

Various jacquards, 2016

Woven jacquards with mohair, silk and wool. Photo: Ulla Kokki

Ansa rug, 2016-2017

Ansa rug, 2016-2017

Hand-tufted 110cm x 140cm. Photo: Ulla Kokki

Bambi rug cushion, 2017

Bambi rug cushion, 2017

Hand-tufted 50cm x 50cm. Photo: Ulla Kokki

Bambi rug cushions, 2016-2017

Bambi rug cushions, 2016-2017

Hand-tufted 50cm x 50cm. Photo: Ulla Kokki.

Printed pillows, 2016

Printed pillows, 2016

Pillow cases 50cm x 50cm, 2016.

Amur rug, 2016-2017

Amur rug, 2016-2017

Hand-tufted rug 110cm x 140cm. Photo: Ulla Kokki.

Detail of the Sweet Thing jacquard, 2016

Detail of the Sweet Thing jacquard, 2016

Hand-woven cotton and mohair jacquard 110cm x 220cm. Photo: Ulla Kokki. Weaving: Eeva Kulju.

Various prints, 2016

Various prints, 2016

Various prints on silk and wool shirts, 2016. Pattern: David Szeto.

Various rug works, 2016-2017

Various rug works, 2016-2017

Hand-tufted rugs and pillow cases, 2016-2017. Photo: Ulla Kokki.

Caribbean jacquard, 2016.

Caribbean jacquard, 2016.

Caribbien jacquard 155cm x 545cm, woven at Lapuan Kankurit mill. Photo: Ulla Kokki.

The House of Play and Rain @lokalhelsinki

The House of Play and Rain @lokalhelsinki

Arte RML lounge chair by Nikari decorated with Buckthorn jacquard and November jacquard on the chair. Photo: Katja Hagelstam, 2017.

@lokalhelsinki, 2017.

@lokalhelsinki, 2017.

Ansa rug in the background and various textile design materials on the table.

@lokalhelsinki, 2017.

@lokalhelsinki, 2017.

General view in the exhibition The House of Play and Rain, 2017. Photo: Katja Hagelstam.

Sky jacquard, 2017.

Sky jacquard, 2017.

Hand-woven by the artist 110cm x 220cm, japanese silk on cotton loom. Photo: Katja Hagelstam.

@lokalhelsinki, 2017.

@lokalhelsinki, 2017.

General view in the exhibition The House of Play and Rain, 2017. Photo: Katja Hagelstam.

Broken Flowers Rug

Broken Flowers Rug

Broken Flowers hand-tufted mohair rug, 140cm x 200cm (2018). Café Skandi chairs by Kari Virtanen (2015), Nikari. Photo by Author.

Broken Flowers rug (2017) in metamorphosis

Broken Flowers rug (2017) in metamorphosis

Photo: Sofia Okkonen (2018)

Broken Dahlia Rug

Broken Dahlia Rug

Broken Dahlia hand-tufted mohair rug, diameter 170cm (2018). Café Skandi chairs by Kari Virtanen (2015), Nikari. Photo by Author.

Broken Dahlia rug (2018) in metamorphosis

Broken Dahlia rug (2018) in metamorphosis

Photo: Sofia Okkonen (2018)

Broken Lake rug

Broken Lake rug

Broken Dahlia hand-tufted mohair rug, diameter 120cm x 192cm (2017-2018). Photo by Author.

Broken Lake rug (2017–2018) in metamorphosis

Broken Lake rug (2017–2018) in metamorphosis

Photo: Sofia Okkonen (2018)

Broken Lake Rug sofa Detail

Broken Lake Rug sofa Detail

Broken Dahlia hand-tufted mohair rug sofa with cushions, detail (2018). Photo by Author.

Broken Lake Rug Sofa

Broken Lake Rug Sofa

Broken Dahlia hand-tufted mohair rug sofa with cushions, detail (2018). These rugs are like soft paintings, they can be laid down as carpet, wall art or on a piece of furniture. Photo by Author.

Parrot Tulip vase (2017-2018)

Parrot Tulip vase (2017-2018)

Photo: Sofia Okkonen (2018)

Tree of Life vase (2017-2018)

Tree of Life vase (2017-2018)

Photo: Sofia Okkonen (2018)

Bleeding vase and co (2017-2018)

Bleeding vase and co (2017-2018)

Photo: Sofia Okkonen (2018)

Various vases (2017-2018)

Various vases (2017-2018)

Photo: Sofia Okkonen (2018)

Blue Lagoon vase (2017-2018)

Blue Lagoon vase (2017-2018)

Photo: Sofia Okkonen (2018)

Various ceramics (2017-2018)

Various ceramics (2017-2018)

Photo: Sofia Okkonen (2018)

Purple Rain vase (2017)

Purple Rain vase (2017)

Photo: Sofia Okkonen (2018)

Michelangelo and Tree of Life vases, various ceramics (2017-2018)

Michelangelo and Tree of Life vases, various ceramics (2017-2018)

Photo: Sofia Okkonen (2018)

Swanlake wallpaper for Feathr, 2015

Swanlake wallpaper for Feathr, 2015

Print design for David Szeto.

Print design for David Szeto.

2010-2015. Photos: David Szeto, Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen.

Marimekko Kontu bedlinen, 2011.

Marimekko Kontu bedlinen, 2011.

Designed in duo with Paavo Halonen. Photo: Marimekko.

Textile 16 exhibition at Kaapelitehdas, 2016.

Textile 16 exhibition at Kaapelitehdas, 2016.

Hawaii Kawaii textile project was a collaboration with fashion designer David Szeto.

Daisies and friends jacquard, 2014.

Daisies and friends jacquard, 2014.

Finalist in Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize, 2015. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti.

Various designs for Marimekko 2011-2015.

Various designs for Marimekko 2011-2015.

Designed in duo with Paavo Halonen. Photo: Marimekko.

Various print designs for Marimekko, 2011-2015

Various print designs for Marimekko, 2011-2015

Designed in duo with Paavo Halonen. Photo: Marimekko.

Bat, 2014

Bat, 2014

Grattage technique.

Edith panther, 2014.

Edith panther, 2014.

Watercolour sketch for fabric design.

Amur leopard, 2016

Amur leopard, 2016

Wet on wet technique with watercolours.

Dahlia II, 2017

Dahlia II, 2017

Sketch for jacquard design, grattage technique.

Waves, 2015

Waves, 2015

This was a study for hawaiian print, that was finally painted with fingers. Technique is watercolours (wet on wet) with masking paste.

Sky silk jacquard, 2017

Sky silk jacquard, 2017

Hand-woven (by the artist) jacquard with japanese silk, 110cm x 220cm.

Preparing the exhibition I

Preparing the exhibition I

Wonderful light at Circole Filologico Milanese, Via Clerici 10, Brera, Milan.

Preparing the exhibition II

Preparing the exhibition II

These moments, when the composition is not quite ready, are the most wonderful ones. I think my next exhibition should look like I never finished hanging things properly but left things half undone. The charm of unfinished things.

The House of Play and Rain in words

The House of Play and Rain in words

Window side view.

Window side view.

On the wall Sky silk jacquard, on the floor Ansa rug 110cm x 140cm.

Ansa Rug, 2016-2017

Ansa Rug, 2016-2017

Ansa rug 110cm x 140cm, hand tufted by the artist.

Behind the window, milanese spring.

Behind the window, milanese spring.

We found this lovely plant and the small wooden table along with jade-green Chesterfield sofa in Circolo Filologico Milanese. It was so fun to improvise the exhibition setting once we arrived to the location. 

Another view of the space

Another view of the space

Dramatic light inside and spring outside.

View from the corridor

View from the corridor

Jade-green Chesterfield and Caribbean jacquard 155cm x 545cm in their splendour.

Sweet thing jacquard and Amur rug, 2016-2017

Sweet thing jacquard and Amur rug, 2016-2017

Hand-woven (by Eva Kulju) Sweet Thing jacquard 110cm x 220cm and hand-tufted (by the artist) Amur rug 110cm x 140cm.

Vernissage

Vernissage

This is the poster of the Aalto University exhibition that I participated. The evening of the opening was so warm that I was wearing a silk dress and sandals. Dress is from David Szeto and the pattern is our collaborative work, made out of my finger paintings.