The Amsterdam-based Finnish graphic storyteller, textile artist and designer Kustaa Saksi creates and innovates with the Jacquard weave, generating all kinds of textile art and installations. He has already exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, the San Jose Museumof Art, the TextielMuseum and Kunsthall Stavanger as well asin galleries in New York, Paris, London, Helsinki, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and more. His commissioned artworks are for clients such as Nike, Issey Miyake, Ferragamo, Lacoste, Marimekko and Swedese.
With his large tapestries—all produced in limited editions of six or eight— made of mohair, alpaca, merino wools, phosphorescent yarns, cotton, viscose, acrylic and lurex, he opens the door into his fantastical and esoteric wonderland. The transformation of his view of nature into textiles leads to a very intense visualisation of all kinds of allegories. Heknows no limits in his textile research, performed on weaving machines at TextielLab, associated with TextielMuseum Tilburg in the Netherlands. The machines make up a kind of tableau vivant where he explores diverse craft techniques. His collection Hypnopompic is a voyage into his imaginative and imaginary botanic gardens that are full of seeds, wild insects and hypnotic animals like the owls you can often find in the Nordic art and design iconography. Another recent series, Reveille, explores living elements and animals in a more abstract way, including through texture and tactility.Even more wild and exotic, the Woolgathering collection maximises the effect of masks and battlefields and explores an extraordinary abyss.