Timo Rissanen


This work builds on centuries of tradition on embroidery samplers, on which embroidery is practiced, tested and mastered. The content, sent and in draft text messages, focuses on the immediacy of communication facilitated by technology. It highlights confusion brought about the lack of tone and misunderstood language in electronic communications. Sharing each message on social media creates unease, as the artist’s social circle wonders which messages are responses or reactions to them.

Materials: Aida cloth, 100% cotton; cotton crochet yarn; print on paper

About the Artist

Timo_BW_LWTimo Rissanen is a Finnish artist who activates his work in fashion and textiles through installation and performance. He has been based in New York City since 2010, after 14 years in Australia, and he is faculty at Parsons School of Design at The New School. He has published two books on fashion and sustainability, and his practice-based PhD focused on zero waste fashion design. His scholarly research and artistic practice are inseparable, each informing and enriching the other. During the past decade his work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in Berlin, Germany and Murmansk, Russia.



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