Article photo: Verna Kovanen
FinVillage celebrates the 100-year-old Finland by bringing together cultural professionals from various fields as well as the general public to continue the tradition of Finnish craft via knit design. The main event of FinVillage is the Finland Knits exhibition and fashion shows at Kattilahalli, Suvilahti in Helsinki from 29 September to 1 October 2017. FinVillage supports the protection of the Baltic Sea.
The FinVillage project by Metropolia University of Applied Sciences combines traditional Finnish expertise in wool and knitting with contemporary culture through a concept that is inclusive and creates cooperation in multiple different forms.
The three-day main event of FinVillage Finland Knits takes place at the end of September at the Suvilahti Kattilahalli in Helsinki. Cooperative knitwear creations will be on display at the exhibitions, fashion shows, vendor booths and artwork.
The three fashion shows of the Finland Knits event take place on Saturday 30 September. Choreographer Anandah Kononen is the art director, and Mai Komori from the Finnish National Ballet performs as the leading act. Knitwear collections from Finnish design brands and the winning outfits from the Finland Knits competition are displayed in the show. Common theme for all the exhibited work is the 100-year-old history of Finland and the Baltic Sea. The competition was open for the general public and it received a delightfully high number of participants. The winners of the knitwear design competition will be announced and awarded during the shows.
Visitors of the Yarn Visions exhibition at the Sinkka art museum in Kerava were encouraged to participate by continuing work on the textile students’ The Dive into the Baltic Sea creations. The success of the exhibition exceeded all expectations with over 15 000 visitors and 100 participating in further creative work. The artwork will be auctioned at the Finland Knits event on Sunday 1 October. The work is on display at the FinVillage website and the auction is open for advance bids.
From March onward, the general public has been able to contribute to Riitta Nelimarkka’s textile work by making tassels. This challenge has received contributors especially from schools and daycare centers. All groups and private individuals participating in the work will have their names at the back of this tapestry-like creation. This piece will also be auctioned at the Finland Knits event, where it will also be published. The proceeds from the auctioned artwork will be donated entirely for the protection of the Baltic Sea. You can also participate.
FinVillage also includes other guided workshops, such as manufacturing a woolen wig. Wig making has taken place during the winter at the Tyttöjen talo. Other workshops are still planned for the Sata ja Rapiat exhibition at the Hasalmi Villa.
FinVillage will also showcase everyday design at the Hakasalmi Villa, including potholders from different eras and the products created for the FinVillage potholder competition. This competition is open until September. The small fashion shows at the Hakasalmi Villa will display Finnish knitwear fashion through the ages. Additionally, the elderly will be sharing their memories on knitting, wool working and handicrafts at the reminiscing area set up by the Concreatives group.
Finland Knits Exhibition 29. September to 1 October 2017 at 11-18
Suvilahden Kattilahalli, Sörnäisten rantatie 22, Helsinki
Finland Talks via Knitting fashion shows 30 September 2017 at 13, at 15 and at 17.
Textile artwork auction for the protection of the Baltic Sea 1 October starting at 13.
Free entry for exhibition and shows.
FinVillage at the Sata ja Rapiat exhibition 10-12 November 2017 at 11-17
Hakasalmen huvila, Mannerheimintie 13b Helsinki
A photo exhibition will be set up to celebrate the Finland 100 year, showcasing the different stages of life of citizens that have reached the respectable age of 100. The transformation of the city will be examined via photo albums and personal stories. The exhibition culminates in the portrait collages put together by a professional photographer. The exhibition also includes the FinVillage – Tradition of Craft exhibition, workshops, knitted and handmade souvenirs and fashion shows.
Fashion shows 12 November at 12, at 13, and at 14. Workshops 11 November at 12-16.
Free entry for exhibition and shows.
FinVillage invites you to join the cause!
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