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Merle Suurkask

Merle Suurkask Weaver
Contact
Estonian, English
Hours:
Monday to Sunday 12:00 - 17:00
Phone:
+372 5138639
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Painting with textiles

  • • Merle thrives on experimentation
  • • She mixes colourful textiles
  • • The Nordic nature inspires her work

Merle Suurkask has always had a passion for colours, but she never dared to pursue a career as a painter, instead finding a way to express her unique yearning to paint in a quite unique way, through textiles. She was highly influenced by her teacher Kadi Pajupuu during her academic years and always felt the need for experimentation and curiosity in her work. She tries to do things differently and never sticks with only one technique. Inspired by the Nordic four seasons and the spirit of nature, she considers her life to be in harmony with her work, which makes her feel content. As well as developing her unique techniques and skills, she has taught apprentices and young artisans for over 10 years.

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Works

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  • © Juta Kübarsepp
Photo: © Juta Kübarsepp
Handwoven fabric

The warps of these handwoven fabrics, made from wool and linen threads, are dyed with a gradient following the ikat technique. When washed, the woven fabric changes: woollen yarn shrinks while linen does not. The result is a three-dimensional surface. Merle Suurkask drew inspiration for these fabrics from the first frosty mornings in October, with little light, no leaves, but branches and pure white delicate ice.

Length 230 cm
Width 90 cm

Merle Suurkask Weaver
Photo: © Juta Kübarsepp
Shawl

The threads of this handwoven merino wool shawl have been hand dyed with a gradient, peach pink to blue. Merle Suurkask drew inspiration for the shawl from the imagery of foggy mornings on the beach.

Length 230 cm
Width 90 cm

Merle Suurkask Weaver
Photo: © Juta Kübarsepp
Shawls, throw

These handwoven scarves and throws have been carefully hand dyed following traditional dying techniques. The warp and weft are made from merino wool and silk mohair. This simple composition results in a sensitive and elegant range of colours and material, where small nuances create a delicate harmony.

Length 200 cm
Width 50 cm
Length 220 cm
Width 90 cm
Length 220 cm
Width 120 cm

Merle Suurkask Weaver
Photo: © Juta Kübarsepp
Black Garden bag and backpack

The front of each of these bags is handwoven. The linen warps of the fabric are dyed with a gradient following the ikat technique. The bags are made from waterproof furniture fabric with nylon lining in the inside pockets. Each bag is a little different. Merle Suurkask drew inspiration for the bags from the imagery of a snow-free garden in January: black, lifeless but at the same time graphic and beautiful when viewed longer. A hidden beauty that opens up when you look closely.

Length 28 cm
Width 8 cm
Height 38 cm
Length 44 cm
Width 10 cm
Height 36 cm

Merle Suurkask Weaver

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