Riina Kauppi

I work as a textile artist and bring my work to life with different handcraft techniques. Themes I work with in my art are related to everyday life. I ponder questions about consumption and owning, our relationship with nature and different life experiences. Also clothes and the various meanings they include has become a frequent source of interest.

My works are often colourful and illustrative. I think that the textile material offers a surprise when it is used instead of painting. I want to explore the possibilities of form and shape in artworks. It interests me to try to break the square shape which often decorates walls, and that is why many of my artworks has an irregular shape and the wholeness consist of several parts.

Interest in sustainability emerges also through the choice of materials. Woollen fabrics and used textiles such as old jeans and clothes has become most used materials in my works lately. It is an important part of my artistic practice to try new ways to use already existing materials in my work.

I work with my own projects, as a freelancer and present my works at the exhibitions. On a coming spring (2022) I am holding a weekend course about textile intarsia at Hemslöjden at Östergötlands County.  If you are interested about some of my works, would like to collaborate or just have some questions, you are more than welcome to contact me!