A unique textile that incorporates ceramic elements. The work, which was woven on a handloom in the Arabia Art Departmen Society’s visiting artist studio at the Iittala & Arabia Design Centre, investigates different ways to combine ceramics and woven fabric, in this case the sound and brittleness of ceramic materials.
concept and art piece: Veera Kulju
video and edit: Ananya Tanttu
performance and choreography: Satu Halttunen
clothing pattern: Anu Salonen
graphic design: Ilkka Kärkkäinen
Experiments on a new project: to integrate porcelain in to woven fabric and to create a garment that sounds.
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.
Detail of “True Colors”
photo: Veera Kulju
“Sammaltyttö” sculpture by Kim Simonsson, “Pastoral Passage” art photographs by Onerva Utriainen and “True Colours” art textile by Veera Kulju.
photo: Vanessa Forsten
Art work (2013) from Toinen Kattaus exhibition for LOKAL: Thread from a found collection constructed underneath an old table cover. (In private collection)
photo: Katja Hagelstam
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.
photo: Veera Kulju
film and photo: Fabian Björk
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.
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.