My current practice is taking inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement, especially the
movements that stranded from it, and one of them was the Feminist Art. For the long time
my biggest art reference was Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party for its massive crafted body of work. In the current state, I have a couple of new influences, such as Tochicko Mariuchi and Bea Camacho, who work with wool in massive installations, but Judy Chicago is still the one I am looking up to in terms of collaborative works.
In Semester A I started knitting, taking the colours from the place that became a safe and
quiet place of rest for me — Suomenlinna island neear Helsinki. I wanted to create an individual shelter of sorts, and I kept knitting and attaching pieces together. However,
towards the end of semester I have realised that I ran out of time before I could finish as I
wanted completely. I was very fiercly declining any help or collaborative aspects of the work, to maybe take inspiration from the quilt-making.
Over the winter holidays, as I was writind my diploma essay, I have dug deeper into collaborations, and especially Judy Chicago's collaboratiove practices(there was a lot), and after watching a documentary on making her most famous piece The Dinner Party, my
perception was changed a lot. In Semester B I started with a collaborative project with my family, and it was such a wholesome and productive experience that I am planning to create my diploma work that way.