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Crime and Rugs

Maritime Centre Vellamo, Kotka

  • 11.12.2020–28.2.2021

Graffiti rugs by Niina Mantsinen


Niina Mantsinen (born 1986) is a textile artist from North Karelia, Finland, whose works are based on graffiti, street art and traditional ryijy wall rugs. In her ryijys, Mantsinen combines the urban and illegal sides of graffiti with cosy, warm and traditional textiles. This tension is what makes the works fascinating.

Even though graffiti and ryijys have many elements in common, they seemingly come from two different worlds. Graffiti are painted on hard surfaces, while ryijys are soft. Whereas spray paint is an extremely swift method of putting colour on a surface, making a ryijy is anything but quick.

Mantsinen also weaves using a loom, but she uses tufting to create the graffiti ryijys. In this technique, wool yarn is threaded, stitch by stitch, with a pen-like tufting tool into a base cloth stretched across a frame. Mantsinen has upgraded the traditional technique by acquiring a pneumatic tufting tool with which yarn can be inserted much quicker than before.

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Maritime Centre Vellamo
Tornatorintie 99, 48100 Kotka

040 350 0497

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