Artist statement.

My work involves “painting with yarn” visions and impressions of reality and my imagination to produce textile sculptures and art textiles.

I weave on a traditional countermarch loom and also occasionally use other methods, such as knitting or crocheting. I find modern and abstract expressionism intriguing; I’m fond of its free spirit, the energy that flows in it. The search for the right colours and tones and how they interact with each other is a never-ending puzzle and a source of inspiration. Both nature and man-made constructions provide inspiration too; the moments when you see something odd or interesting and your mind stops to see things differently, are important to me.

Three-dimensional form is a feature that often occurs in my work. I find it both challenging and interesting to make experiments on sculptural textile material because of the uncertainty involved; the result is always somewhat surprising and unique. My art reveals its true nature and its fine and delicate, almost fragile, details only when looked at very closely.

I have always been interested in foreign languages and cultures, and music has been my companion throughout my life. I’m living a life with art in various forms: community art, textile art and music which are all languages of their own, means of communication and interaction. My dream is to combine textile art with other forms of art to create holistic, memorable experiences.


Koivisto Studio & Niina Hiltunen, Pikisaari Oulu, July 8 - 14, 2019
Wool Works, Cardiff Wales, September 28 - November 10, 2019
Galerie Pleiku, Berlin, June 22 - July 12, 2020