HEIDI HANKANIEMI


Studies in domestics, markings, meanings and labels

My work listens to the mundane and attempts to interpret the narratives which are embedded in our everyday. It draws from domestic activities: habits, objects and intimacy, and looks for ways in which to create paths between the private and the public, between the inside and the outside.

I believe that handmade objects have a physical memory and absorb the essence of their makers. The process of sewing is essential to to me: piercing the fibers allows me to create both a physical and emotional bond with the material.
Working with old textiles is especially important, my mission is to give discarded handiworks and their creators a new existence.

Heidi's practice incorporates the tactile and the performative, ultimately arriving at a body of work that is both spiritual and deeply grounded in the handmade and physical.
- Julia Harris, Textile Arts Center New York