Biography

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Textile artist Sari Kettunen (1973) lives and works in Hollola, Southern Finland.

Sari Kettunen became familiar with weaving at an early age while she was spending her summers with her grandmother, who was an enthusiastic weaver and a craftswoman. As a young woman she studied performing arts, sculpture and many handicraft techniques. She graduated in 2001 from the Häme University of Applied Sciences, majoring in textile design.

After graduation, Sari worked as a craft entrepreneur until 2008, carrying out all kinds of different crafts and art projects. Since 2011, she has focused on artistic work. Exhibition activities have begun through Ornamo Art and Design sales. In the summer of 2019, Sari participated in the Garden of Eden exhibition organized by the European Textile Network in Haslach, Austria.

Sari enjoys technical challenges and is therefore well suited for weaving art textiles. She is not afraid of combining different techniques. With her self-modified looms, she is always willing to push herself and her equipment to the limits, to achieve something beautiful, good and true.

ARTISTIC EDUCATION

1997-2001 Degree Programme in Design, Textile, Häme Polytechnic, Wetterhoff, Hämeenlinna
1989-1992 Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts, Helsinki

MEMBERSHIPS
Ornamo
TEXO ry

ARTISTIC WORK

Group exhibitions:

2019 Garden of Eden, Juried group exhibition in Schloss Neuhaus, Haslach, Austia, European Textile Network
2018 Ornamo Art & Design Sale, Helsinki
2017 Ornamo Art & Design Sale, Helsinki
2009 Ars Auttoinen, Invitation exhibition, Padasjoki
2007 Design and craft celebration, Invitation exhibition, Turku
2005 Palmikko-group exhibition, Habitare -fair, Helsinki
2004 Palmikko-group, Housing Fair Finland, Puoskan Helmi, Heinola
2004 Palmikko-group, Housing Fair Finland, Villa Hilden, Hartola

Solo exhibitions:

2020 The Moon of Eden and other textile stories, Gallery Moletti, Forssa
2019 Taitekohtia, Gallery Mursu, Lahti
2008 Kätevä -fair, Lahti
2008 Installation on the ice of lake Päijänne, Arktic hysteria -event, Padasjoki
2007 Installation, nationalpark at Päijänne, Padasjoki
2006 Forma -fair, Helsinki messukeskus
2006 Galleria SOPPI, Heinola
1998 Hotel Aulanko, Hämeenlinna

PUBLIC WORKS

2008 Hand weaved carpets, Katisten Kartano, Hämeenlinna
2008 Kettinki -hand painted curtains with woollen chains, Kulttuuri- ja Kongressikeskus Verkatehdas Oy, Hämeenlinna
2005 Kettinki -woollen chains, Hotelli K5, Levi
2000 Tiedon virta -textile artwork, Häme polytechnic, Forssa

ENTREPRENEUR

2015- Company name: Sari Kettunen Art
2004-2015 Company name: Kulman Kankaat

OFFICIAL POST

2008- Padasjoen taideyhdistys ry blog administrator
2006 Padasjoen taideyhdistys fund manager
2005-2011 Padasjoki, business committee

SCHOLARSHIPS AND RECOGNITIONS

2008 Häme Taito-Crafts Entrepreneur
2007 Finnish Cultural Foundation, Häme regional fund for artistic working
2007 Arts Counsil of Häme, fund for installation
2001 Fredrika Wetterhoff-foundation stipend
1999 Finnish Cultural Foundation, Häme regional fund for textile product development

(Updated 8.1.2020)

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