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The source of inspiration for the Herringbone project is traditional herringbone fabric and its design principle. The classic herringbone fabric has a broken twill weave pattern resembling the skeleton of a herring. The fabric is usually woollen and is one of the most popular fabrics used for suits and outerwear.
Leesi’s herringbone version is a photorealistic fabric where the zigzag pattern creating the optical effect is made out of images of herrings (Clupea harengus). On the new version of the herringbone coat, the pattern created by synchronised swimming, as is characteristic of schooling fish, is transferred onto the garment.
Krista Leesi is one of the most powerful Estonian textile artists, whose works are characterised by strong conceptualism, ingenuity and admirable knowledge of history. Her works are full of references to contemporary time and classics.
Leesi creates both witty unique art pieces and practical small series. She has won a number of competitions, including 2019 competition of the Christmas Stamp competition organised by the postal service provider Eesti Post. For the professional work in 2019, Krista Leesi was awarded the title of the Textile Artist of the Year, and has received the same acknowledgement also for the creative activities in 2001 and 2014.
Several of her works belong to the collection of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design. Leesi’s work can also be found in the collections of the China National Silk Museum (Hangzhou, China), the Contextile Contemporary Textile Art Biennial (Guimarães, Portugal) and World Textile Art (Miami, Florida, USA).
Often the ordinary and visible present becomes vague and forgotten. Analogue experiences have boiled down to a minimum during the last years. We are currently in a situation where much of our regular rhythm was interrupted, the everyday was frozen and almost disappeared for a while. It became particularly evident how the environment we are functioning in, what we have or possess, matters. Layers of the past provide a means to describe the world and rethink the evident. Remembering and untangling the past and the local provides a captivating perspective through types of objects, materials, and methods of making.
The Estonian collection, “Revisiting the Past”, is based on tracking the everyday and the conventional, translating observations, reconsiderations, and hints of the past into contemporary design. More than ever, the future is about rethinking the present and the past, of what we have and need. The past is heavily coded in our future.
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