1986M.A. University of Applied Arts, Helsinki, Finland, Textile Art

Solo exhibitions

2017GEMS, Music Hall, Helsinki
2011SILKKISIÄ, Oulu Museum of Art
2008IN THE MOONLIGHT, Mini Monuments, with Kaija Poijula, Laterna Magica, Helsinki
2002FROM THE RAINBOW, Galleri Inger Molin, Stockholm, Sweden
1999FLOATING IMAGES, Bau Gallery, Helsinki
1997AAVISTUS, Gallery Rikhart, Helsinki

Joint exhibitions

2010Friends & Friends – 100% Finnish, The Friends of Finnish Handicraft 130th anniversary exhibition
2008SMALL TREASURES, together with Inka Kivalo, Heli Tuori-Luutonen and Riitta Turunen, Helsinki
2004IMAGES DE L’HOMBRE ET LUMIERE, together with Aino FavÈn, Benelux institute, Belgium
2004FIBERSCAPES, Contemporary Textile Art from Finland, City Hall Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
2002FIBERSCAPES, Contemporary Textile Art from Finland, Embassy of Finland, Washington DC.USA
2002DER NÖRDLICHE GARTEN, together with Erna Aaltonen, Finnish Institute in Berlin and Anklam, Germany
2001BOREAS, together with Erna Aaltonen, Institut Finlandais, France

Selected group exhibitions

2016NARRATIVE THREAD the 10th TEXO triennial of textile art, Vapriikki, Tampere
2016MINI 8th Mini textiles/Texo, Käsityön museo, Jyväskylä
2015MINI 8th Mini textiles/Texo, Verkaranta,Tampere
2015Modern Finnish ryijy-rug, Museum of Cenral Finland, Jyväskylä
2015Art in Embassies, U.S.A. Embassy, Helsinki
2014The Living Tradition of Ryijy, Savaria Museum, Szombathely, Hungary
2013The Ryijy Lives On, The Museum of Ethnografy, Budapest
2012Wha? IX Triennal of Textle Art, The Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku
2009TEKSTIILTAIDE NYT! 8. Finnish textile triennial, Design Museum, Helsinki
2009RYIJY! Design Museum, Helsinki
2009RAKAS RYIJY, Verkaranta, Tampere
2008RYIJY ELÄÄ, Museum of Art, Varkaus
2007POINTS OF VIEW, Fiskars
2006UUSIN SILMIN, Mini textiles, Gallery Johan S. Helsinki
2006KÄDET JA KAIKKI 7th Finnish Textile Triennial, Amos Anderson Museum, Helsinki
2006INTERFACE II Contemporary Textile Art, Ruthin Gallery, Wales, UK
2005INTERFACE I Contemporary Textile Art, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
2005What is a ryijy-rug ? Designmuseum, Helsinki
2003Konsthantverk 2003, Galleri Olsson&Uddenberg, Göteborg
2003Zeitgenössische Kirchentextilien aus Finland, Berlin
2002–2003SMALL ART IN FIBER, Long House New York, Chicago, Tokyo
2002ALAKULO, summer exhibition of textile art, Orimattila, Finland
2002Finndesign Now 2, Fiskars, Finland
2001ONNI, Renewal in Finnish Textile Art, Museum of Central Finland, Jyväskylä, Finland
2001UNI, summer exhibition of textile art, Orimattila, Finland
2001TEXTILT, Scandinavian Textile Art, Askersund, Sweden
200110th Triennal of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland
2000KAUKAA HAETTU, summer exhibition of textile art, Orimattila, Finland
2000TAITEEN SALAISUUS, Exhibition by invitation, City of Rauma, Finland
2000AURORA, Finnish design, Mokkumto Art and Space Gallery, Seoul, South-Korea
1999AIKASAUMA, the Top of the Textile artists in Finland, Millenium Exhibition, Finland
1999VALKEA KUULAS, summer exhibition of textile art, Orimattila, Finland
1999Finnish Textile Artists, Finlandinstitut, Stockholm, Sweden
1999Art and Crafts from Finland, Itami City Museum of Crafts and Arts, Itami, Japan
1999The 5th Textile Triennial, Museum of Applied Arts, Helsinki, Finland
1998PÄIVÄNVARJO, summer exhibition of textile art, Villa Roosa, Orimattila, Finland
1998Vibrations of Midsummer, Madrid, Spain 1996-97 TEXO's 40th Anniversary Exhibition,Helsinki,Rauma, Mikkeli in Finland
1994MARIA-Textiles from East and West, Turku, Helsinki in Finland
1988Finnish design 8, Helsinki


2015Textile Artist of the year 2015
2009State Prize for Design
2001Special honorable mention of the jury, X International Triennale of Tapestry, Lodz
1999Ecclesiastical textiles to Leppävaara church, competition by invitation, second prize
1987First prize in the Environmental Art Work Competition, Helsinki

Selected grants

2015Greta and William Lehtinen Foundation grant
2013State Art Council grant
2010Cultural Foundation artist grant
2008Exhibiton grant from the State Art Council
20043 years artist grant from the State Art Council
2003Cultural Foundation artist grant
2002Helander Foundation grant
2001Town of Helsinki award
20001 year artist grant from the State Art Council
1998Cultural Foundation artist grant
1996Kordelin Foundation grant
1989Cultural Foundation grant

Work experience

1986–Full time artist
1983–1986Designer at Tarja Niskanen Corporation
1982Work at the studio of the sculptor Daniel Graffinin in Paris
1980–1982Designer at Marjatta Metsovaara Corporation

Other artistic projects

Ecclesiastical textiles to following churches in Finland
2005Meilahti church, Helsinki
2004Chapel of Ruskeasanta, Vantaa
2002Korso church, Vantaa
2001Hvittorp chapel, Espoo
1998Parish center, Espoo
1998The crypt of Helsinki Cathedral
1997Kalajärvi church, Espoo
1996Hämeenkylä Art church
1995Saint Laurent church, Vantaa
1993Hämeenkylä Art church, Vantaa
1992Helsinki Cathedral parish center
1986Keravan juvenile prison church

Works in collections

2015U.S. Department of state, Art in Embassies collection
1989–2013State Art Collection, Finland
 Collection of the Ministry for Finnish Foreign Affairs
 Private Collections

Books, catalogues and articles

2008ALL DESIGN 2, Shanghai, China
2007Mary Schoeser: SILK, Yale University Press ISBN-13:978-0-300-11741-7, ISBN-10:0-300-11741-8
2006Maisa Kaarna & colleagues: 13+13 SUMMERS FOR TEXTILE ART ISBN: 978-952-5328-77-6
2006TEXO ry: KÄDET JA KAIKKI ISBN-951-97376-1-8
2005Martina Margetts: Amanda Cross: INTERFACE ISBN 1 900941 86 4
2003Chen Yuqqun: KATRI HAAHTI ISBN 7-80672-512-1/J.447
2001Form Function Finland 3/2001, TIM STEFFA - interior landscape

Member of

1986–ORNAMO, Textileartists TEXO association
2006–ARTISTS O association

Positions of trust

2009–2015Chairman of Board, Käsityön ystävät corporation
2007–2015Member of Board, Käsityön ystävät corporation
2007–20128th and 9th Textile triennial, exhibition committee
2006–2008Member of Board, TAITEILIJAT O
2002–2004Member of Board, State Art Commision center
2001–2003Member of Board, Ornamo
2000–2001Exhibition committee for ORNAMO jubilee, TEXO
1999–2000Book committee, TEXO
1999Exhibition committee 5th Tekstile Triennial
1996-1997Exhibition committee TEXO 40-year anniversary