Between Dreams and Reality

Blood Brothers, 2013, Kustaa Saksi

Blood Brothers, 2013, Kustaa Saksi

I learned a new word. Hypnopompic is the dreamlike state between sleeping and waking that can evoke hallucinations. It is also the name of a series of wall hangings developed by Finnish graphic designer and artist Kustaa Saksi (b1975).

Arbor Vitae, 2013, Kustaa Saksi

Arbor Vitae, 2013, Kustaa Saksi

Without a background in textiles, Kustaa Saksi was able to produce these wonderful tapestries in the TextielLab in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The TextielLab is a unique knowledge and production centre for producing experimental knits and woven fabrics.

Hiding in Plain Sight, 2013, Kustaa Saksi

Hiding in Plain Sight, 2013, Kustaa Saksi

The resulting 8 wall hangings reveal a wonderful world of surreal landscapes with animals, plants and patterns. They are absolutely stunning, incredibly detailed and can be admired in the Textiel Museum, Tilburg, NL till Nov 2nd 2014.

Arachne's Web, 2013, Kustaa Saksi

Arachne’s Web, 2013, Kustaa Saksi

The development process of these works is illustrated in the exhibition by a fascinating film which offers a glimpse into the workplace showing Kustaa working closely together with a product developer of the TextielLab.

To actually see the tapestries in the exhibition space (and feel the samples) was a breathtaking experience, only then they reveal their three-dimensional qualities and amazing details and textures.
An artist to be watched!

detail 'Bood Brothers' Kustaa Saksi (2013)

detail wall hanging ‘Bood Brothers’ by Kustaa Saksi (2013)

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