Craft, Art, and Textile

    Project: Research project

    Project Details

    Description (abstract)

    The key project in the research of textile culture was started in 1999 under the name of Women's handicraft as a cultural and historical phenomenon (TUHTI 98603210). The goal was to open new historical viewpoints on the paradigm of craft science. As a result, several research reports were published in 2000–2004. The project also included moving the collections of Textile Teacher Education to the Helsinki University Museum and digitizing in 2000–2002 for a virtual museum the texts and images related to the collections.

    The Craft, Art, and Textile project represents multidisciplinary research of ideas and objects in the field of textile culture. Its craft-science viewpoints can be connected with, for example, textile history, art history, ethnography, design research, and gender studies. Research themes have included the relationship between art and craft, craftsman and artist, art textile in architectural space and interior decoration, craft and aesthetics, and aesthetic views of creative process in art and craft. The subject matter of the project has annually interested several students writing their master's theses. With the research work, they have been able to deepen their expertise as future textile teachers. There are currently five doctoral students: Päivi Fernström (Craft and design in Dora Jung's damask art), Tiina Ikonen (Costumes in Sofi Oksanen's play Purge and in the subsequent opera and motion picture), Anna-Kaisa Kaartinen (Finnish characteristics of finnweave in the 20th century), Johanna Oksanen-Lyytikäinen (Costume as art and tool in opera productions), and Annika Winberg (Embroidered coverlets in Finland from the 18th to the 19th century).
    Effective start/end date01/01/1999 → …

    Fields of Science

    • 516 Educational sciences
    • 613 Arts