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Photo: Johanna Rantala

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(Minna) Johanna Rantala
TEXTILE ART AND DESIGN
1977, FINLAND

RUUSUKAS
Statement
The Ruusukas textiles are images of a past world of handicrafts. They are art textiles, which could also be called nostalgic images. The textiles present a rose-tinted view of the past. They are reminiscent of children’s romanticised fairy-tale worlds and with their softness create a fairy-tale world for adults. Along with my nostalgic fantasies, I had my grandmother telling me about all the things she has made with her hands. Through her personal history, I study the changing nature of crafts. My images also tell about grandmothers who have moved away from their busy lives as craftspeople to service flats where they await their passing away.
Biography
Johanna Rantala has a comprehensive view of craft traditions and the history of crafts, which uses the traditions in textile art in a new and insightful way. Her work embodies a continuum between the old and new and respects the past. She graduated with an M.A. in textile design at Christmas 2006. She has worked on projects in both designing for the industry and in textile art. One of her latest designs is the award-winning rya rug Aitta for the Friends of Finnish Handicrafts. She started designing for the industry through a co-operation project with Finlayson and during her practical training at Marimekko. She also uses her expertise to teach others. She graduated as a crafts teacher from the University of Helsinki in summer 2003.
Contact information
+358 50 537 9978
minnajohanna.rantala(at)gmail.com
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