Floor Plan

by Johanna Ulfsak Estonia

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At Adorno London 2021, Johanna Ulfsak presents “Floor Plan”, a large-scale hand-knotted rug that depicts the floor plans of Buckingham Palace. While accurate according to all available information, the layouts were mapped out by the public, leaving parts of the Royal Home a mystery. Wrapped in secrecy that people have tried to give structure to for centuries, the heritage of Buckingham Palace lies within the heritage of the British Monarchy. With its 775 rooms that have hosted camels, elephants, idiosyncratic monarchs, and misbehaving celebrities, it represents a colonial history that is now called “heritage”.

The eccentric voyeurism of power has always been present in the cultural exchanges and historical readings around the world and with her carpets, Ulfsak critically engages with a historical narrative that she has no direct connection to – most of the information comes from pop culture, media, history books, and tabloids. Ulfsak is a tourist in this town. Using contemporary design, she brings out the surreal aspects of a space so idealised it has now become a playground – a space so surreal we pay for tours to walk through the palace like a funfair, while remaining a model for reflecting wider historical narratives.

This floor map can partly be seen as the spatial representation of monarchy, partly as an archival map of centuries of British colonialism, and partly as a bad joke.

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About the designer


Johanna Ulfsak

Johanna Ulfsak is an artist and textile designer based in Tallinn, Estonia.

Her work is presented as artworks in gallery exhibitions and as non-seasonal collections of design and fashion objects. Ulfsak combines and mixes traditional weaving techniques with contemporary art concepts to create unique items and installations that challenge the established boundaries between disciplines.

 

Selected Projects & Exhibitions

2021– “Floor Plan”, London Design Festival, Dray Walk Gallery, UK

2020– “Soft copies”, The 7th Artishok Biennial COPY, curated by Laura Linsi and Roland Reemaa,

Kai Art Center, EE

2020– SEÑORA! a group show curated by Sarah Lucas and Kris Lemsalu, Galerie Meyer Kainer,

Vienna, AUT

2020 “IRL” ”Can You Feel It?” at Virtual Destination by Adorno, London Design Festival online show,

curated by Kai Lobjakas & Anne Vetik

2020- Guest lecturer at Estonian Academy of Arts

-2019 — NO FUN RUGS second collection FOLDED presentation, YEIJ Studio, Tallinn, EE

-2019 — Interwoven, Johanna Ulfsak & Kärt Ojavee, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, FI

-2019 — Installation Live Streams S, Identity, 6th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennial Exhibition, Riga, LV

-2018 — Save As, Johanna Ulfsak & Kärt Ojavee, Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, Tallinn, EE

-2018 — Inquiry & Investigation, Johanna Ulfsak & Lolina, Artists Space, New York, US & Cafe Oto, London, UK

-2018 — Launch of NO FUN RUGS, Pirate Showroom in Julice Laverie, Paris, FR

-2017—2018 – Interactive textile Live Streams, Intermedial in European Parliament building, Brussels, BE

-2017 — Live Streams XL, Johanna Ulfsak & Kärt Ojavee, Estonian Presidency in Creative Hub, Tallinn, EE

-2016 — Live Streams, Johanna Ulfsak & Kärt Ojavee, HOP Gallery, Tallinn, EE

touring at: Contemporary Art Centre in Rapla, Rapla, EE

-2016 — The Next Great Fashion Designer, Johanna Ulfsak & Alina Astrova, OVERDUIN & CO, LA, US

-2015 — 2016 Interior textiles installations, Rakvere Smart House Competence Centre, Johanna Ulfsak & Kärt Ojavee, Rakvere, EE

-2014 — Costume and stage design in Russian Theatre for a play Cat Pampuš, EE

Awards and mentions

 

-2019 – Johanna Ulfsak’s works are a part of public collection of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

-2017 — Young textile designer award, Johanna Ulfsak & Kärt Ojavee

-2014 — Business starting scholarship from Enterprise Estonian -2014 – 6-month creative scholarship, Estonian Cultural Endowment

 

Articles & Interviews

-2019— Artist interview: Kärt Ojavee and Johanna Ulfsak, by EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art

-2018— Floppy Cloth: Textile Exhibition Strategies Inside the White Cube, by Jessica Hemmings

-2017— Storytelling Through Interactive Screens, by Nithikul Nimkulrat

Education

-2011-2013 MA Textile Design, Kolding School of Design, Denmark -2012 Kasuri weaving course, plant dyes. Autumn semester, Kawashima Textile School, Japan

-2007-2010 BA Textile Design, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia -2006—2007 BA Leather Design Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia

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Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times. Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M. Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”. The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.