Sini Villi Artist Portrait

Inspired by the timeless beauty of nature's endless patterns, Finnish artist Sini Villi's artworks show a harmonious blend of organic forms and repetitive shapes. She comes from a background in fashion and interior textile, so textile is a natural medium for her art. Her artistry has become a tool to slow down and rediscover her creative process.

Discover the essence of Sini Villi's artistic vision in this exclusive interview.

Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?

– I have a Bachelor in Culture and Arts degree in clothing design and have worked for 20 years widely in the fields of fashion and interior textiles. My path to textile art began with a need to slow down and dive deeper into the creative process through materiality. I have worked endlessly to test and develop my own technique that combines soft materials and sculptural three-dimensionality. The process inspires me profoundly.

What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?

– I am inspired by nature's endless layers and spiral patterns that can be seen for example in shells, ploughed fields, and the annual rings of a tree. These softly repetitive shapes have been an essential part of my art since the beginning.

What technique have you used?

– I create textile artworks using a handmade ribbon. I sew different sized and shaped elements which I sculpt by hand into three-dimensional wall reliefs. I use natural materials such as wild silk, linen, and hemp with recycled cotton cord inside. I tend to use earthy and light tones, but I love also striking and energizing colors such as electric blue.

How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?

– Multilayered, elegant, sensual.