I was totally delighted and grateful to hear last week that Creative Scotland have chosen to fund this exciting new project I have proposed in their latest round of Open Project Funding. This will involve me travelling back to Finland very soon to research, develop and produce a series of rugs, prints and wall hangings inspired by the Finnish form of weaving called Täkänä.
I first discovered Täkänä whilst on residency at Arteles Creative Centre in Finland during the summer of 2015 (you can read my blog posts from this residency starting here). I found a couple of old catalogues in a charity shop (see image above) and was instantly drawn to the graphics of some of the weavings and use of only two colours - something that I use a lot in my own design work.
So, I'll be undertaking a self-initiated residency in multiple locations to explore the history of Täkänä, through its archives and to learn from experts and creative practitioners in this field. The subsequent work will be launched in September 2017 as part of an interiors collection, at design junction at the London Design Festival and closely followed by subsequent events in Scotland.
I'm excited to share that this project will see me teaming up with the brilliant Floor_Story once more to create the new rugs (you can see or buy our existing rug collaboration with Floor_Story here picture below).
Please stay tuned to this blog where I'll be sharing some of my journey, experiences and findings very soon...