Finland, Weaving the Woods


This project was undertaken in Hämeenkyrö, Finland, at the Arteles Creative Center. For practical reasons I had self-imposed restrictions when planning my stay at Arteles: to come and leave with as little as possible. Finland is full of woods which are very lush and green in the summer-these woods, along with supplies left behind by other residents, were my materials. I built a free-standing rigid heddle loom out of found and scavenged wood. Everyday I would walk in the woods and collect materials to weave with. Since most of the woven pieces were created with natural, biodegradable materials, they will soon disintegrate. I left my work in the woods and scattered throughout Arteles, where it will dry and change as time pases, before falling apart. The loom, however, remains standing for future residents at Arteles.





installation view
installation view
warping the loom
loom detail
loom detail
finished piece
finished piece
finished piece (detail)
loom detail
finished piece
finished piece (detail)
finished piece
finished piece (detail)
finished piece (detail)