What an inspiring day I had today! What started off as a quiet day quickly turned into a peaceful time of experimenting, learning, and sharing. The sun kept on peeking in an out of the clouds, giving us a good rhythm to follow.
When I arrived at VS Gallery today I saw somebody taking pictures by the stream. Sofia Ulff immediately knew it was Topi Pakarinen even before looking out the window and calling him inside. Topi obeyed and came to write some wishes. Over a pot of tea, my obsession with knots came out and he told me that he also makes macrame at home. So we changed views, took a couple balls of ribbon with us and found a tree in the front yard of Vanja Sea & Friends.
Many good questions came up today. Why is it hard for some to write their dreams, hopes, and secrets? Does it have to be serious? How to show knot making in a clear and easy way? How to apply ryijy techinque to sculpture? Jeans and ryijy?
Fluttering in the wind, we found a secret today in Swedish that said, "Min dröm är att vi ska skratta mycket mer!" It translates to, "My dream is that we'll laugh a lot more!" Beautiful!!
The first day of Ryijy: by the stream went really well! As always, I have some sort of idea about how I want to build the installation, but on the day of, everything is thrown out of the window because you don't know until you try. I played around with different ways of creating a conducive feeling for writing and weaving. Depending on who comes to the space, we can always try new things together. Everything is impermanent and ready for experimentation.
I had a few visitors today, local and from faraway lands. As we are making and doing that's when the ideas come! Riitta Talonpoika, a very talented ceramist, came to share some dreams. After she wrote them down she immediately wanted to cut them up and weave them into the ryijy. Amazing idea! Now her thoughts are out into the world, but still a mystery to us all. Looking forward to having more discoveries this week!
Ryijy: by the stream
23.4.–29.4.2018, Open: Mon–Sun 12:00-16:00
VS Gallery, granary/viljamakasiini (at VANJA SEA & friends -> upstairs),
Fiskarsintie 333, 10470, Fiskars, Finland
Ryijy: by the stream comes to VS Gallery this Spring! This installation creates a space of togetherness through words, images, and weaving. Arlene Tucker welcomes you to share your hopes, dreams, and fears, as well as, read the thoughts of others. You are free to write or draw your feelings and have a helping hand in building a collective ryijy which weaves these elements together.
The installation activates multiple ways of communication, allowing ideas to be connected and to be expanded. As VS Gallery is situated in the heart of beautiful Fiskars, we can experiment with how weaving and writing fits within the environment. Exploration is encouraged and your presence is valuable. Become a part of the process!
Ryijy: by the stream-installaatio luo VS galleriaan yhteisöllisen tilan sanojen, kuvien ja kudonnan avulla. Taiteilija Arlene Tucker kutsuu sinut jakamaan toiveesi, unelmasi ja pelkosi. Piirtämisen ja luovan kirjoittamisen avulla voit sitoa salaisuutesi toiseen ja osallistua installaation sekä yhteisöllisen ryijyn luomiseen.
Installaatio aktivoi monia eri tapoja kommunikoida, saattaen ideoita yhteen sekä laajentaen niitä. Koska VS Galleria sijaitsee ihanaa Fiskarsissa, keksitään miten kutominen ja kirjoittaminen sopii ympäristöön. Osallistumisesi on arvokas osa installaatiota. Tervetuloa tutustumaan ja ottamaan osaa!
Arlene Tucker is interested in adding play elements to daily life through her art. Inspired by translation studies, she explores how communication can be transposed and transformed, paving the way for unforeseen dialogue to develop. In her works, attention is given to the process of meaning making as she finds ways of connecting and understanding our shared environments.
Arlene Tucker on kiinnostunut lisäämään taiteensa avulla leikin elementtejä arkeen. Hän on inspiroitunut käännösten teorioista ja tutkii miten kommunikaatiota voidaan transponoida ja muuntaa tavalla, joka avaa tietä ennakoimattomalle dialogille. Kiinnittämällä töissään huomiota merkitystenantoprosessiin, Arlene löytää uusia tapoja yhdistellä ja ymmärtää jaettua ympäristöämme.
If you would like to make a special appointment to visit and-or experiment within the space, feel free to contact Arlene at email@example.com.
Arlene Tucker is currently based in Helsinki, Finland.