• Exhibition

Täkänä

  • Fashion and textile design
When
Sep 7, Thu 11:00-18:00
Sep 8, Fri 10:00-16:00
Where
CraftCorner Helsinki, Esplanade 4, 00130 Helsinki, Finland
Event type
Free Admission
Accessibility for all
Yes

An exhibition of new work and research by Laura Spring (textile designer/screen printer, Scotland) inspired by the Finnish weaving technique, Täkänä. Produced in part through collaboration with Milja Nikamaan (weaver, Lemi, Finland) and generously funded by Creative Scotland.

 

LONG TEXT

This is a two-day exhibition from 7-8 September at CraftCorner, Helsinki of the research and new work Laura Spring has created from a self-initiated residency in Finland during early 2017 focusing on the traditional Finnish weaving technique known as täkänä. Täkänä is a double-sided woven textile with the same design on both sides, but the colours are mirror images of each other.

Laura first discovered täkänä whilst on a summer residency at Arteles Creative Centre in Hämeenkyrö in 2015. She is a textile print designer from Scotland, curious and inspired by rummaging through archives, nature and the old things she collects. It was whilst searching through a flea market that two old täkänä catalogues from the 1950s caught her eye. She was instantly drawn to the graphic patterns used in some of the weavings, but upon her return to her studio in Scotland she began to research more into this technique and discovered that many täkänäs only use two colours – something that is prevalent in Laura’s bold and colourful print designs.

Excited by the discovery of this form of weaving and its parallels with her work, Laura proposed to Creative Scotland to return to Finland to carry out further research to inspire and inform a new body of work.

This exhibition charts the journey of that research from Laura’s initial 2015 täkänä discovery to the findings she made in her Finnish residency earlier this year to the work she has subsequently begun to produce.

A piece of that work has been made in collaboration with Milja Nikamaan, a Finnish weaver. She has used her skills and knowledge to transform Laura’s design Solstice into a täkänä. The other designs on display have been printed in Laura’s studio in Scotland.

Laura will be present in the exhibition throughout the two days and warmly invites the design community and general public in to view the work and research.


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