Medium: Fibre Arts
Location: Vancouver, BC
Member Since: 1993
Kaija Rautiainen uses the very ancient medium of weaving combined with cutting edge technology in her images of west coast nature. She starts with her own photography and applies to it imaging technologies and computer aided-weaving and finishes off the work with pigments. Thus, she has created her own unique style in depicting the harmony and vulnerability of nature. She has exhibited her work internationally, including the American Tapestry Alliance biennales and the Cheongju International Crafts Biennale and her works can be found in corporate and private collections. She studied fibre arts in her native Finland and painting in Brazil. She lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
My recent work is based on the photos I have taken on my trips to the Great Bear Rain Forest in BC. I could sense the harmony of this wild place as I observed the bears, who quietly came from the woods to the creek to catch fish and refuel before winter hibernation. Meanwhile, in the estuary, crabapple trees gave food and shelter for a sow with cubs. I felt humble and filled with respect for the natural world. Overall, I agree with Jane Goodall, who said: “To reconnect with nature is the key if we want to save the planet”.