"I am interested in public spaces, where we work and conduct our daily business: offices, city traffic, all the information surrounding us. I think it is ever more important to create alternatives, deviations from standardized universal design, relaxing places of rest and calming interiors."
Maija Lavonen's creations are made from optical fibre, usually interwoven with linen. They are dedicated to modern architecture, which is dominated by metal and glass. Her creations are woven by hand and provide a "human touch". Sometimes the artist uses mass-produced wire netting. This netting is then cut, shaped, tied and assembled in order to provide a frame for knot of fabric.
For reasons of tradition, textile art occupies a special position in Finland. It has a particular function. Whilst it is used less for interior home decoration, the evolution of modern architecture has meant that the tradition of artistic use of textiles has made a strong comeback over the last years. It has thus established itself as an alternative alongside visual art. Unlike the rest of Europe, Finland has not had a tapestry tradition; it is only wool pile tapestries - ryijy - which avoided becoming rigidly standardized and maintained an unparalleled creative variety. In short, textiles are firmly anchored in Finnish artistic expression.
Photo: Rauno Träskelin
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