Niina Hiltunen.

Textile artist. Textile designer. Weaver.

Niina Hiltunen is a textile and fiber artist working and living in Pirkanmaa region, Finland. She holds a master’s degree in Art and Culture with weaving her specialty. She studied textile art at the University of Lapland 2020-2021 and starts there as a doctoral researcher in the autumn of 2022. Hiltunen is a member of The Finnish Association of Textile Artists TEXO and Artists O.

Hiltunen’s background in classical music (cello) and linguistics (German, English and Spanish philology) is present in her art in many ways, both in the contents and in the names of the artworks. Lately Hiltunen’s work has been seen in various group exhibitions, e.g. with the art collective 10+1 and Modus Association, both in Finland and abroad.

Hiltunen is also interested in multidisciplinary art and in community art, which has led her having an exhibition at a psychiatric centre in Tampere in 2019, as well as leading art projects with the YMCA youth in 2019 and with dementia patients in 2021. Kädet kertovat, a multidisciplinary artwork combining textile / fiber art with contemporary dance, video and sound art, is her latest collaboration in the field of multidisciplinary art.

Artist statement.

I create abstract, three-dimensional woven art from yarns and textile materials by weaving them on a traditional countermarch loom, slowly, weft by weft.

The three-dimensionality of my work starts with yarn. When multiplied and combined, the yarns form an abundance of colour and texture, and finally the woven fabric and piece of art, which gains its final shape and form only when off-loom. Despite the sculptural nature, my art reveals its true nature and its fine and delicate, almost fragile, details only when looked at very closely.

Colour is my deepest interest and inspiration: Colours are my state of mind, my way of communication, my language. It is with colour that I create visions and impressions, interpretations and thoughts of cultures, people, humanity. By the ancient method, weaving, I’m yet kept deeply rooted in the continuum: The language of weaving is universal.

CV in English

Exhibitions.

2022

10+1: Jatkuvuus. Paperihuone, Hämeenlinna, June 3 – July 2, 2022.

Artist talk & Demonstration, Craft NI gallery in Belfast and The Georgian Gallery in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. July 30 and 28 respectively.

Reflections, The Georgian Gallery, Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Jul 28 – Aug 31, 2022.

Art Installation, UUTE Finnish Association of New Textile Art, Mutteri Gallery, Helsinki Festival / Night of Arts, Aug 8 – 28, 2022.

Kädet kertovat performance, Seinäjoen taidehalli, Nov 2, 2022.

2023

Solo exhibition, Galleria G12, Helsinki. Jan 7 – 28, 2023.

10+1 in Galleria 12, Pirkkala. June 8 – July 3, 2023.

Solo exhibition, Galleria Moletti, Forssa, Nov 6 – Dec 3, 2023.