Handwoven tapestry from recycled weft to cotton warp
215cm x 300cm
( This piece was in the process of making when it was exhibited in the style of weaving performance. It is later woven complete and can be found clicking here. )
My grandmothers physical health started collapsing overnight in the early winter of 2014. She passed away few weeks later as a complication of a major stroke. I had already planned that we would assemble her old loom and weave a rya rug together. The loom stayed unbuilt, and the questions remained unanswered.
I have never woven a fabric, a tapestry, nothing. Not with a loom nor with hands. I have never had the need to. The women of my generation enjoy the freedom that our mothers and their mothers did not have the right: we can live our whole life without knitting a single sock, ironing a single tablecloth or even not stitching a single tear. With this freedom comes something even better: a privilege. Everybodys right to do these tasks by our own will and desire. Through these crafts we are conjoining with the auricular tradition that has been passed on for centuries and milleniums.
My tapestry is woven like a traditional rag rug, with recycled textiles, such as sheets and clothes. By this, it gives these no longer needed commonplace textiles a new life, a value to something seemingly worthless.
The artist held a weaving performance throughout the “All is Well” final thesis exhibition of Tampere University of Applied Sciences. The artist was present at the gallery weaving during the exhibition from 5th to 21st of March 2016 four days a week.
KUVA: MISKA ALLONEN