Inka Kivalo completed her studies in 1985, and as a student was already working at Finland’s famed printed textile firm, Marimekko. It was here that she designed textiles for household interiors until 1990. After designing for Marimekko Kivalo turned away from creating products for distribution to a mass market and began to invest her time in tapestry weaving. In her tapestry’s Kivalo manipulates fabric to create abstract woven landscapes. She also produces sculptures in the form of stuffed animals which are made out of scraps of fabrics from her tapestry. Her weaving is done on an eighteenth-century loom, which she feels brings her closer to the fabrics and the way they have been handled traditionally.... more.