The grand exhibition, consisting of 32 huge balls covered with different handicraft techniques, has traveled to Tartu, to the Estonian National Museum. The museum building itself is a magnificent statue of modern art. It has already collected awards internationally.
Nordic Knitters has also decorated one ball. We have used color-work technique, the exact same method how we knit our mittens and gloves. Knitted with thin needles and thin yarn, we have created 100 little castles. The motifs and symbols are so strong and protective that they can be use as a “weapon” or shield against the evil and harm we are surrounded in nowadays world.
They are also soft and warm like our family and friends giving us the extra power and embracing us in the goodness of everyday life.
The intro by curators Mae Kiviloo and Kaarel Kuusk at the hall says:
“Wait. Stop. Take a moment. You, who you rush through the reality anonymously among thousands of others; the reality where the environment is built in a moment, quickly, effectively and cheaply. Swoosh-woosh ready, bang-bang ready, click-clack ready …
Leave it all behind. You have reached TIMELESSNESS. You are surrounded by the planetarium of handicraft techniques, where each millimeter has been wor ked over. Yarn flowing through fingers, wood bending in hands – these thinking hands belong to 32 masters who have gathered from places all over Estonia. In their works they use hundreds of years old knowledge and skills. This is how the works of this exhibition were made. These works continue the trail of our ancestors’ thoughts using materials that have grown with us. From day to day, from time to time, preserving our personality and identity, ready to meet the ones who come after us.”
Open until January 19, 2019 at ENM (www.erm.ee)