On December 13 at 17:00, the Estonian Textile Artists' Association proudly presents the opening of its annual exhibition, ETTE/VAATLIK, at the ARS Art Factory's project space. The exhibition will be open from Monday to Friday,  from 12:00 to 18:00, and on special Saturdays with audience program – 16th of December, 2023, and the 6th and 13th of January, 2024 – from 12:00 to 16:00.

What connotations does the word 'careful' evoke? Is it a synonym for caution, prudence, or perhaps a hesitance toward the unforeseeable? Alternatively, might it inspire thoughts of forward-looking anticipation, the thrill of a future just beginning to emerge on the horizon? This exhibition's theme embraces both interpretations. 

Celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, the Estonian Textile Artists' Association, established in 1993, reflects on a journey that simultaneously looks to the future and honors its past. Over the years, the Association has expanded significantly, both in terms of the membership and in the scope of its activities. It has fostered international collaborations and consistently provided members with opportunities to showcase their work in exhibitions and participate in annual summer workshops. The Association represents the dynamic and diverse tapestry its members, evidenced through a rich and versatile kaleidoscope of exhibitions and authors featured in its biannual publication 'Koiliblikas' (Moth). As we stand at this juncture, the question arises: Where to next? Shall we proceed with caution or stride confidently into the future? The annual exhibition delves into this inquiry through media, techniques, and thought processes inherent to textile art.


  Photo by Aet Ollisaar

This year's participants include esteemed artist: Ehalill Halliste, Sigrid Huik, Elna Kaasik, Mariann Kallas, Krista Leesi, Aet Ollisaar, Kadi Pajupuu, Ene Pars, Erika Pedak, Marilyn Piirsalu, Tiina Puhkan, Anu Raud, Tuuli Reinsoo, Ilme Rätsep, Ülle Saatmäe, Malle- Maria Sild, Zane Shumeiko, Ljudmila Swarczewskaja, Aune Taamal, Reet Talimaa, Erika Tammpere, Milvi Thalheim, Svetlana Todurova, Liisa Torsus, and Kerttu Varik.

  Photo by Aet Ollisaar

The exhibition is complemented by an engaging audience program across three Saturdays:

  • December 16: Open from 12:00 to 16:00. At 13:00, At 13:00, esteemed textile artist Kadi Pajupuu will conduct an insightful guided tour of the exhibition. Concurrently, from 13:00 to 16:00, attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to visit the studio of Elna Kaasik, the celebrated Textile Artist of the Year 2022, located within the ARS Art Factory. Additionally, from 13:00 to 15:00, visitors are invited to explore the creative space of Zane Shumeiko at Tondi 1, situated on the 2nd floor in room number 208. This presents a rare chance to witness the artist's workspace and creative process. Culminating the day's events, a hands-on freehand embroidery workshop on paper will be conducted between 15:00 and 17:00 at the same location. This workshop requires pre-registration, offering a practical and engaging experience in textile artistry. For more detailed information regarding the registration and the workshop click HERE. 


  • January 6: Open from 12:00 to 16:00, featuring introductions to the exhibition by the authors. 

  • January 13: Open from 12:00 to 16:00, with special activities for young enthusiasts. Aet Ollisaar will offer an insightful tour, and during the final hours, attendees can meet with the participating artists.


The exhibition is designed by Madis Liplap, graphics designed by Kadi Pajupuu

The exhibition is organized by the board of Estonian Textile Artists Association and supported by the Estonian Cultural Foundation and the Estonian Artists' Association.



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Additional information:

Aet Ollisaar

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