Walls Walk Artists

Walls Walk Artists
Disparate Art
21 July – 2 August
Oxmarket Centre of the Arts

We are three friends and neighbours who live overlooking the historic wall in Chichester:

Walls Walk Artists Exhibition
Walls Walk Artists Exhibition

Peter Stoakley – colour blind amateur photographer who “takes a good photo”

Carnavale Character
Carnavale Character

Robert Lane – creates fine impressions around Chichester

Airstream Dream
Airstream Dream

Päivi Suomi – expert weaver and felter who uses ancestral Finnish and Saami techniques in a modern context

History of the Rya Rug

Ikkuna 2015 Rya Rug
Ikkuna 2015 Rya Rug

In Scandinavian countries, Rya rugs (ryijy matto) have been found dating back to the early 1400’s. They were used as blankets or sled coverings, the knotted side being closest to the body providing warmth. The Ryas at this time were mainly of natural wool colours, natural white, grey, black.

The Rya developed further with the use of colour and pattern. Decorative ryas date back to the 1700’s. In Finland, as a wedding approached, a weaver would be commissioned to weave a Rya for the young couple. The Rya was used as a prayer rug during the wedding ceremony. The bridal couple would kneel on the Rya as they exchanged their wedding vows. The colourful tapestry was then displayed in their home as a reminder of their wedding day. If one of the spouses passed away, the Rya would then be spread on the bed during the day and the Rya became known as a widow’s blanket. The Rya rug became a family heirloom to be passed on to future generations. In Finland, the commissioned weaving of a wedding Rya is still a tradition today.

In the 70’s the Rya rug again became fashionable, with designers such as Eames using bright and bold colours and pop art designs. The pile was long and shaggy. The shag rugs were used as decorative floor coverings.

An exhibition of some of my latest loom woven Rya Rugs

Rya Rug Exhibit
Rya Rug Exhibit

Solar Sky Rya Rug
Approx size: 45 cm x 70 cm

Solar Sky Rya Rug
Solar Sky Rya Rug

Diamonds and Tears Rya Rug
Approx size: 50 cm x 50 xm

Diamonds and Tears Rya Rug
Diamonds and Tears Rya Rug

Vortex in Blue Rya Rug
Approx size: 45 cm x 50 cm

Vortex in Blue Rya Rug
Vortex in Blue Rya Rug

Prime 17 Rya Rug
Approx size: 40 cm x 70 cm

Prime 17 Rya Rug
Prime 17 Rya Rug

Undulations Rya Rug
Approx size: 40 cm x 70 cm

Undulations Rya Rug
Undulations Rya Rug

Aurora in Hemp Rya Rug
100% Hemp Yarns
Approx. size: 70 cm x 220 cm

Aurora In Hemp Rya Rug
Aurora In Hemp Rya Rug

Oxmarket Gallery

Painting with Wool

Oxmarket Gallery
Chichester, UK
August 5, 2014 – August 17, 2014

Painting with Wool
Painting with Wool

An exhibition of hand felted art paintings created by textile artist Paivi Suomi, who works from her studio in Chichester.
Wool and felt wall hangings have traditionally served both as art and with functional purpose to provide insulation to the walls and keep the draught out.

Felt art is very soft and tactile and is meant to be touched.

Felted Circles
Circles Felt Art

The images and colours of my world around me are the inspiration to create my art with wool. I hand dye most of my wools, yarns and silk fibres and use locally sourced wools wherever possible. These become the paints that create my canvas. A combination of hand crafting textile techniques: wet felting, dry needle felting, crochet, hand stitching and machine embroidery complete the work.

From an early age, the world of textiles has been Paivi’s passion. She studied hand weaving, hand spinning, felt making and colour theory at Kootenay School of the Arts in British Columbia. Paivi operates a business selling her limited edition hand spun yarns. More recently Paivi has turned her attention to the art of felt making, creating pictures and functional objects with wool.

Some of my felt art pieces are now available at Saatchi Art.

Painting with Wool Exhibit
Felt Art Exhibit: Painting with Wool at Oxmarket Gallery

Circles Felt Art
Circles Felt Art
Colour Study – Concentric Circles, 1913
Wassily Kandinsky
Wet felted circles of pure merino wool, embroidered with hand spun yarns
Approx size: 36 inches x 25 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Concentric Circles - Kandinsky
Concentric Circles – Kandinsky

Bavarian Mountains with Village Felt Art
Mountains in Bavaria with Village Felt Art
Bavarian Mountains with Village, 1909
Wassily Kandinsky
The inspiration for this piece comes from one of Kandinsky’s early works, a scene of a mountain village in Bavaria. The lake becomes a river and the season turned to springtime.
Merino wool and silk hand felting using a combination of wet felting and dry needle felting techniques. Embellished with crewel work embroidery and hand stitching.
Approx size: 26 inches x 37 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Bavarian Mountains with Village - Kandinsky
Bavarian Mountains with Village – Kandinsky
Winder Landscape - Kandinsky
Winter Landscape – Kandinsky
Winter Landscape, 1909
Wassily Kandinsky
Wet felted merino wool and silk fibres, hand dyed
Approx. size: 40 inches x 17 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Winter Landscape - Kandinsky
Winter Landscape – Kandinsky

Starry Night Felt Art
Starry Night Felt Art
Starry Night, 1889
Vincent Van Gogh
Hand dyed merino wool and silk felted using wet felting methods. Embroidered with machine stitching and silk threads.
Approx size: 24 inches x 49 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Starry Night - Van Gogh
Starry Night – Van Gogh

Field with Poppies Felt Art
Field with Poppies Felt Art
Field with Poppies, 1890
Vincent Van Gogh
Hand Dyed merino wool and silk feled using wet felting methods. Embroidered with machine stitching and silk threads
Approx size: 44 inches x 23 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Field with Poppies - Van Gogh
Field with Poppies – Van Gogh

Sunflowers Felt Art
Sunflowers Felt Art
Sunflowers, 1888
Vincent Van Gogh
Wet felted and hand dyed merino wool and silk. Embroidered with machine stitching and silk threads.
Approx. size: 33 inches x 23 inches
Available on Saatchi Art

Sunflowers - Van Gogh
Sunflowers – Van Gogh