The My Forest exhibition, created in collaboration with the Finnish Crafts Organization Taito, presents the Finnish people’s relationship with forests, wood as a material, and the forest as a space – not forgetting crafts, naturally. The exhibition will be at the 2nd-floor auditorium of the Craft Museum of Finland from 3 June to 30 August 2020, at CraftCorner in Helsinki in September 2020, and at the Pro Puu Gallery in Lahti in October 2020.
In the exhibition, three craftspeople and two crafts teams bring different aspects of Finnish forests to life: reflections of light, seasonal variation, minuscule plants on the forest floor, dense spruce woods, and the transformation of the forest from a frightening experience to a meditative one. Whittling, which was selected as the Craft Technique of the Year by the Finnish Crafts Organization Taito, also has a special role in the individual installations by the five creators or creator teams. The size of the installations is restricted, and they focus on the creators’ relationship with forests and activities in a forest.
The exhibition includes works from designers Susanna and Tobias Feuerbacher from Koivisto Studio, master cabinetmaker Antrei Hartikainen, art-craft professional Tarja Heikkilä, artist and furniture designer Milla Vaahtera, and cabinetmakers Ville and Markku Tonttila from Ebonia Design.
These excellent works highlight the unique relationship that people in Finland have with forests, as well as the experiences that colour life even in this era of urbanisation.
My Forest exhibition is a part of Helsinki Design Week program.
Producers: Craftmuseum Finland and The Finnish Crafts Organization. In co-operation: Pro Puu ry