Publié le 10/7/2019 –
The work was developed and produced in the TextielLab: the professional workplace for experimentation and innovation in the TextielMuseum in Tilburg. The tapestry will be on display in the Europa building until the end of December 2019.
Archipelago was commissioned by the Finnish government. The tapestry comprises 18 separate woven sections. The piece depicts an abstract image of the Finnish coast and its flora and fauna. The shapes reflect Finland’s nature and landscape: from microscopic details of leaves and rhythmic structures that are reminiscent of water, to decorations inspired by flowers. By using technical yarns, Saksi was able to apply a 3D relief to the work, something that is rare in tapestries.
Amsterdam-based Kustaa Saksi (1975) was born in Finland and studied graphic design at the Finnish Institute of Design. Graphic storytelling is central to his textile art and installations. He creates fantasy worlds consisting of playful and paradoxical shapes that are almost psychedelic in nature. His work can be found in collections around the world and has been exhibited, among others, in the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the TextielMuseum in Tilburg. He has also made commissions for Nike, Issey Miyaki, Marimekko and others.
The TextielLab, the beating heart of the TextielMuseum, is a centre of knowledge and expertise, combining a specialised workshop for the manufacture of unique fabrics and an open studio where innovation is central. National and international designers, artists and promising students are guided by product developers and technical experts, and so discover the endless possibilities of yarns, computer-controlled techniques and craftsmanship. Past users of the TextielLab include the Bouroullec brothers, Hella Jongerius, Rafaël Rozendaal and Pauline van Dongen.