Estonian Arts Centre (EAC) is delighted to announce that two renowned textile artists from Estonia are coming to Hamilton and Toronto for several weeks, to showcase and advance their work. Their visit will also allow them to explore possibilities for installations at KESKUS International Estonian Centre.
EAC, the charity associated with KESKUS, invites you to attend a special artists talk with Kärt Ojavee and Johanna Ulfsak.
Kärt and Johanna's artists residency takes place as a joint initiative of EAC and the Cotton Factory, a creative arts centre in Hamilton, as part of Hamilton Arts Council's European Artist Exchange 2022.
At the April 11 free talk in Toronto, the artists will discuss the collaborative nature of their work, explaining their textile practice, the importance of residencies and accessing equipment and technology to push their artistic practice. They will also touch upon how they thrive as textile artists. There will be an opportunity to see the TC2 Digital Loom in the Textiles & fashion Studio at Launchpad and ask the artists questions.
All are welcome but space is limited, please rsvp early, here.
KÄRT OJAVEE (Ph.D.) is an artist, designer and lecturer. Her work is focused on future, concepts of textiles and materials. She experiments with new technologies and traditional textile fabricating techniques, testing the borders of both disciplines. In 2013, she defended her dissertation “Active Smart Interior Textiles: interactive soft displays” at the Estonian Academy of Arts, supervised by Maarja Kruusmaa at the Centre for Biorobotics.
Besides working on her own practice, Ojavee is currently a research fellow at the Estonian Academy of Arts’ Interior Architecture Department where her focus is on experimental biomaterials and living materials. Ojavee’s recent projects and exhibitions include installation at Shezad Dawood’s Leviathan: the Paljassaare Chapter at the Kai Art Center, textile installation Save As in collaboration with Johanna Ulfsak at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art, costume designs for Lehman Brothers theatre play at the Estonian Drama Theatre, directed by Hendrik Toompere and Estonian Games: TÖNK, a musical performance directed by Peeter Jalakas. You can find out more about Kärt’s work here.
Johanna Ulfsak (M.A.) is an artist and textile designer based in Tallinn, Estonia whose works are part of the permanent collection of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design. Her work is presented as artworks in gallery exhibitions and as non-seasonal collections of design and fashion objects. Ulfsak combines and mixes traditional weaving techniques with contemporary art concepts to create unique items and installations that challenge the established boundaries between disciplines. She is a guest lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
You can find out more about Johanna’s work here.
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