Life-Size Crochet Sighting In Kyröskoski, Finland, Bet You Had To Look Twice!
Liisa Hietanen was born in Lohja, Finland in 1981. She graduated as Bachelor of Design from Lahti University of Applied Sciences in 2007 and as Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tampere University of Applied Sciences in 2012. She currently lives and works in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.
“I make sculptures by crocheting and knitting. The technique has become a way of thinking. It is continuous and present and allows a portrait to slowly find its character. I am currently working on a series called Kyläläiset (Villagers), which consists of portraits of my fellow villagers in Hämeenkyrö. I study the essence of familiarity and shared experiences. I meet the same familiar strangers every day on the street and our common world is the size of a small village. I am depicting the present moment by portraying my own surroundings, but at the same time I am bringing out something common to us all.”
The Villagers series has been supported by Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Suomen Taideyhdistys, Finnish Cultural Foundations Pirkanmaa Regional Fund and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.