Melissa Sammalvaara / Kasvu 1


Year: 2021
Medium / materials: Rya
Dimensions: 20 x 37 cm


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Please note that this piece is exhibited in the Institute Finlandais in Paris and will be available for shipping in April 2023.

Additional information


Material 2


Size 2

M (Ø 30 – 70cm)




Melissa Sammalvaara is an adventurous artist and designer operating in Helsinki and various campsites around Finland. Nature and our relation to it is a large inspiration for her, which can be seen in her mossy, luscious artworks and the preference in ecological and second hand materials.

“My work starts from small, modest things and, on the other hand, from an open-minded investigation. Slowness and brushing are key in making ryas, or ‘ryijys’. It takes skill to learn to find and interpret threads and create different, new combinations from them. Knotting itself is a meditative and creative process: I often make my rugs in an instant, and the completion of a work that may take months is like a slow improvisation, a painting where one stroke of the brush takes a whole day.”

Melissa Sammalvaara