Tapestry Europa building Brussels

Kustaa Saksi develops 26-metre-long tapestry
A 26-metre-long tapestry titled Archipelago by artist and designer Kustaa Saksi was unveiled on July the 4th in the Europa building in Brussels, in honour of Finland’s third presidency of the European Union. The work was developed and produced in the TextielLab: the professional workplace for experimentation and innovation in the TextielMuseum in Tilburg. The tapestry will be on display in the Europa building until the end of December 2019.

Archipelago in the Europabuilding in Brussels. Artist: Kustaa Saksi, photo Josefina Eikenaar

Saksi and the TextielLab
Saksi has visited the TextielLab numerous times over the past seven years, creating such works as Herbarium of Dreams, Arachne’s Web and now Archipelago. His work was also selected for the ‘Highlights TextielLab‘ exhibition in the TextielMuseum. As a place for experimentation, the TextielLab allows artists to make continuous adjustments during the entire production process, in order to achieve the desired end result. Saksi said of this way of working,

“For me, it is a kind of action painting with warp and weft. A process of trial and error but with coloured yarns instead of paint.”

Development of Archipelago in the TextielLab, Artist: Kustaa Saksi, photo Josefina Eikenaar