DescriptionTwo Finnish textile designers Marianne Strengell (1909-1998) and Marjatta Metsovaara (1927-2014) and their textile designs exemplify the types of narratives this articles aims to explore. Both of them were internationally very well-known Finnish textile designers. Although both textile designers lived the most of their lives abroad, Strengell in the United States and Metsovaara in Belgium, maintained both their ties to their homeland. How textile designers experienced the northerness in textile design and the international environment and how these matters were reflected to their work. What an international atmosphere and style meant to them? It is obvious that the North America and Central Europe opened up their field of influence and inspiration before and after Second World War. They felt that two countries had more of value to learn from each other than Finland could teach them. Content is drawn from textile designers who worked at the intersection of national, international and cultural influences and used textiles as their vehicle.
|Period||9 Dec 2016|
|Event title||Narrating the marginal: Seminar: Design can tell a story. Complex narratives and cultural influences told through textiles.|
|Location||Rovaniemi, FinlandShow on map|
|Degree of Recognition||International|
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SEMINAR ON EXPERIENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND EMPOWERMENT IN ARTISTIC RESEARCH Friday, 9.12.2016 Asko ja Esko – sali, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi Artists and makers negotiate and sustain their identities and existences through their practices in spite of the challenges they face. These narratives reveal how the qualities of life and work environments impact their art practices. Just as art-making offers ways to ‘work through’ particular life challenges, narratives offer ways to make sense of difficult circumstances. Narratives of empowerment and care come about through art practices, making and storytelling, offering women ways to cope with their realities and come to terms with the marginalities that they encounter. Art is a medium that enables the shaping of identities of marginalised women, while it also serves as a tool to process relationships within the communities they live in. Female artists may move from one role to another, be it spouse, mother, researcher, professional, teacher, artist, maker or friend. As a result, they are continuously navigating identities and marginalities as a means to cope within their communities. This seminar will discuss how art and narratives function in social realms and what role stories play in socially sustaining artists and their making practices.