Textile artist Heidi Wiitanen’s work is a meditation on the relationship between craft, creativity and tradition, but it also expresses a personal celebration: in creating her vibrant pieces for the modern, meaningful home, Heidi pays tribute to her own childhood home and Scandinavian heritage.
Heidi formed a deep connection to her childhood home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and her Finnish-American family heritage from a young age, and when her mother taught Heidi to sew as a child, it meant these family connections would be forever interwoven with her creative pursuits. Even as Heidi studied science in college and later began work as a laboratory scientist, her passion for the arts never dimmed. A few years later, Heidi decided to study fiber and fashion design at Finlandia University’s International School of Art and Design, where her program’s affiliation with Finland’s Kuopio Academy enabled her to explore her connection to Finnish design’s philosophy and aesthetic.
Even after moving to Nashville, Tennessee, Heidi’s work still reflects the natural beauty and heritage of her childhood. More than anything else, however, Heidi’s work is a personal meditation on heritage, home and community, and is a testament to the enduring power of creativity and culture.