12:00 – 17:00


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The main work of my exhibition is an 11 square meter triptych. I wanted to weave something big so that I could become a part of the millennial tradition of tapestry art. Ataraxia was completed after three years of weaving and is now being presented for the first time. According to my work philosophy, I’m lucky when the artwork is born slowly, because the world doesn’t need more stuff.

The slowness gives me the opportunity to think for a long time about the story, which I bind to the threads. The work describes the importance of nature in achieving inner peace. When familiar daily life became uncertain due to the corona pandemic, everyone experienced stress. It was recommended for metropolitan residents to stay in their apartments, but many Finns turned to the forest as a calming environment. I underline the significance of nature’s sacred places, such as springs, and compare the beauty of the natural world to the “elevation” provided by cathedrals. However, the ancient faith’s connection to nature has been broken, and the forest does not want to be kept untouched. The work also highlights the difficulty of the calming process.

Textile artist MA Soile Hovila (born 1974) produces tapestries that are impressive with the beauty of light and richness of color tones. Hovila has been making rare photo-based tapestries in Finland for over 20 years. The textile works are woven by hand with thin threads on vertical looms, where the image is viewed row by row and as a mirror image. When weaving from the wrong side, part of the visual solutions are based on intuition.

Artist meetings: August 26 from 14.00 to 16.00, September 9 and September 10 from 13.00 to 15.00.

The Friends of Finnish Handicraft organizes a lecture: Following the path of Finnish tapestry on September 9 at 13.00. Soile Hovila will present the exhibition. The lecture also discusses the significant role of The Friends of Finnish Handicraft in the history of Finnish tapestry at the beginning of the 20th century. The event is part of Helsinki Design Week 8.-17.9.2023.

The Friends of Finnish Handicraft promotes Finnish textile art and craftsmanship. Founded in 1879, the association strives to renew cultural heritage through exhibitions and pedagogical activities. Textile artist MA Soile Hovila has specialized in the tapestry technique since 2001. Her photo-based textile works use beautiful light and nature to tell stories about current issues.

The exhibition has been supported by Arts Promotion Center Finland, Alfred Kordelin Foundation and Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Wed 23 Aug 2023 – 10 Sep 2023 12:00 – 17:00


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Annankatu 12,
00120 Helsinki