Weaving for Smaragdus

Experimental textiles in the making (2015–)

It’s been a long time since millenium when I graduated as an interior textile Artisan from Vihti School of Arts and Crafts (now called LUKSIA). In Vihti traditions of weaving fabrics was taught by amazingly skillful teachers who shared their wisdom and knowledge for us students. We became craftsmen. Now, fifteen years later I feel grateful for the skills I got to learn about traditional weaving. With this knowledge I now have tools to explore and express myself by weaving – for example a plumage made of Black Grouse and Capercaillie feathers.

Smaragdus is a term we use with my bästis Holgersson for togetherness, fun and fearless actions and joy of being. In March it turns into something green at LOKAL gallery in Helsinki!

Kulju’s plumage (weaved feathers) and Holgersson’s prints (paths and gateways in the green) are going to be a part of Smaragdus group exhibition opening in the beginning of March 2016 at LOKAL gallery.

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photo: Veera Kulju

 

IMG_0561“Sammaltyttö” sculpture by Kim Simonsson, “Pastoral Passage” art photographs by Onerva Utriainen and “True Colours” art textile by Veera Kulju.

photo: Vanessa Forsten

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The Absolute Beginner’s Collection

Ukly Truth of the Learning Process (2015)

Sitting behind the potter’s wheel with practically no skills led me to humility. Freedom lied in understanding that I don’t need to know how to reach perfection. Happiness came from forming objects without criticism. The rational symmetrical turning of the wheel felt comfortable. The clay was like a firm but slack friend. After a while I learned that the way to succeed was to get centered. I also learned that things got a hole lot more interesting if the centering was a bit off. My truth is that you learn by doing without fear. The trick is to find your center and then learn how to bend it.

 

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THE ABSOLUT BEGINNER COLLECTION pt. II

Random turning wheel experiences during summer 2016

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Popcorn

Series of Popcorn Bowls (2006 – 2014): a study of porcelain and experimental material use. I made the first Popcorn bowls while still studying. The ceramic studio at Arabia occasionally filled with the smell of popcorn as I used the common kitchen’s microwave to pop up my material. I heard afterwards from other students that they thought I had gone mad – making real popcorn transformed into porcelain.

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photos: Chikako Harada

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photos: Fabian Björk

Shadows & Threads’ / Varjo Langalla

Masters of Arts exhibition 2011: Thesis work for Aalto University, department of Applied Art and Design. Shadows & Threads’ is above all a never ending process, which creates continual or unwinding spaces. It is a series of sculptures, constructed of forgotten threads and lampshades. Objects are frozen in the moment of observation, they are evidence of the comfort to be found in repetition. The literary part of this work is a series of letters written and sent to people who have had an important role in my work.This work is an end and a beginning – thus it is also a reminder of the fact that everything is connected. Clarity and chaos – reason and feeling.

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photo: Veera Kulju

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film and photo: Fabian Björk

The Decider

Kulju ❤ Mander

Co-operation with the talented Sanna Mander for Protoshop 2011

Nowadays making decisions is tricky. There’s never enough time and things just seem to linger. The Decider is a candle holder, which introduces destiny to the game and will decide for you. Switch off the lights, light the candles and wait. The flickering flames slow down the pace. In the end, your answer is lit. “Yes” or “No”

AT 2011, protoshop 2011

photo: Paavo Martikainen

From the Sea / Mereltä

Raivio & Kulju projects ❤

Old leather jackets find a new function as a handmade unique carpet or blanket. This work interferes in the cycle of used material by utilising its charasteristics and qualities. The final product is taken out of original context but some subtle clues
remain. From the Sea-series has been exhibited in FennoFolk exhibition at the Design Museum in Helsinki (2008), DMY-Berlin (2011), Finnish Design Unwrapped exhibition both at London Design week (2012) and at Helsinki Design Museum (2012), A mini world design exhibition Everyday Discoveries as a part of the Design capital in 2012.

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photo: Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

RAIVIO & KULJU is an art and design group, formed in 2006 when Päivi and Veera met while studying in the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Raivio & Kulju´s work has elements of both art and design and their work combines function, aesthetics and most importantly experimental approach to aspects such as making or manufacturing, use and function.

They design objects to stage situations and fantasies in which they use conjecture, even gallows humour, to question general conventions and familiar associations. They create tensions by stretching the boundaries of the practical and by boldly combining and reforming materials. They wander about in the familiar world of objects by shaping the mass into things one-off and unique, by working the durable to become fragile, and errors into ornament.

for TEEMU JÄRVI ILLUSTRATIONS

I was working for Teemu Järvi’s brand for a year in 2015. Developing concept and products, planning and producing publication, brand photoshoots and exhibitions, planning and being in charge of sales, coordinating collaborations and creating new ones.

We worked in collaboration with ARTEK, HABITAREHelsinki Design Week, Susanna Vento, LOKALPapershop, My o MyMonoqiNational Museum of Finland / Seurasaari Open – Air Museum, Finnish Design Shop

In to the Wild with Teemu here!

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Photoshoot at Seurasaari Open-Air museum and Nuuksio forest. Talented photographer Unto Rautio, styling Teemu Järvi & Veera Kulju.

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Collaboration 1 & 2 from many with amazing Susanna Vento. Photos and styling Susanna Vento.