24 Aug 2017

Foals of Birch Bark by Jenni Tieaho - what else?

Birch bark is very versatile material, and without it the life of the northern 
people would have been much more difficult in the old days. 
When soaked, resilient but easy to bend.
When dry, very hard, durable and beautiful.



Photo by Jenni Tieaho

These foals were seen in Mänttä Art Weeks as well.



Detail of a tail

See more of Jenni Tieaho´s work

Birch bark has been  used for example as a building material for roofs and isolating. 
All kinds of everyday necessities were made of it, too: 
back packs, food storage and cooking dishes, rings, musical instruments,
even shoes.

Birch trees are most common of Finland's deciduous trees, and in Finland's cold 
climate even partly competitive with Finnish forests dominating the spruce. 
Birch trees grow in the coniferous forest zone mixed with conifers, which makes 
them a significant species of hardwood.To get birch bark we don´t cut the 
trees, bark is taken off the trees that are cut anyway.

Birch bark is a fascinating material. No wonder, that Jenni Tieaho has
chosen to work with it side by side with other nature´s materials like willow.


Back pack


Shoes
allthingsfinnish.tumblr.com photo by Marja Pirilä


Photo Tuohimuori, Marjatta Flander-Airola


Rattle and pot cleaner by Tuohimuori


Jewellery box


Jewellery, "poor man´s engagement ring"


Making a birch bark roof
Photo yle.fi


Birch, photo puusto.com


Just imagine yourself and your horse in a birch forest...
There´s no better forest for a forest ride!



22 Aug 2017

Horse of Birch Bark by Jenni Tieaho



We visited Mäntän Kuvataideviikot, "Mänttä Art Weeks" a few weeks ago.
Now we would like to share something very special with you!

 The first thing we saw in the entrance hall as we arrived,
was this natural size horse sculpture .



The posture of the horse and the illusion of movement was so strong
 that you just waited for the horse to stand up, shake himself 
and chortle happily after wallowing on the ground.

The details were amazingly beautifully done.




Poultry netting and birch bark. Absolutely fantastic.

The artist Jenni Tieaho, born in 1969. Works and lives in Lohja, Finland.
Artist of the year 2015

You can read more about Jenni and her work here:
Jenni Tieaho, Enviromental Art