5. Tallinn applied art triennial 2009
MY GRANDFATHER and I. Eduard Taska ja Marje Taska
WITH HEART AND SOUL. Artists of Bornholm
DECORATIVE AND CONCISE. Fabrcis designed by Ellen Hansen
CERAMICS MADE WITH LOVE. Jutta Matvei
CLASSICS. Textile artist Mall Tomberg
Mall Tomberg is an artist who stands out among Estonia´s textile art community as a dynamic and multi-faceted creative talent, with 40 years of experience as an educator and as a working artist responsible for designing and weaving many innovative modern ryas and tapestries.
As an artist, she is unique due to her questing and innovative spirit, textural playfulness, and balancing act on the line between restraint and experimentation. She often approaches her work playfully with an accent on diversity and expressiveness. In her “pictures painted with yarn”, she uses her technical prowess to escape two-dimensionality, giving the tapestries depth by juxtaposing different techniques, such as surface and knot textures (“Pung", 1970), or by weaving photographic images into tapestries [“Velotuur” (1979), University of Tartu Library tapestry (1979)]. As a textile artist who produced most of her work herself on a home loom, she is supremely skilled in her knowledge of material and use of texture. Her work as an educator started immediately after she graduated from the Art Institute, with a stint as department assistant and culminated in her chairing the textile department.
Research played an important part in her career as a teacher. Tomberg devoted a large part of her research to studying and documenting Estonian ethnographical textile heritage.
Tomberg also compiled a manuscript of a monograph on Leesi Erm (1970, manuscript in the Academy of Arts textile design department). Tomberg also gathered data on department graduates (1948–1987). The materials consist of a thorough survey, handed out to 66 graduates (63 were received back) and analysis of the data obtained.
The exhibition presents works of Mall Tomberg. Besides textiles, exhibit includes designs for carpets made by artist.
SCRIPTA MANENT IV