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Papu Meets Art – Papu Design, Hanna-Riikka Heikkilä and Riihimäki Art Museum 11 March – 11 September 2023, Riihimäki Art Museum

Fashion and art have always inspired each other. The interaction between fashion and art has become an increasingly popular theme, and to meet this growing demand, Riihimäki Art Museum has arranged Papu Meets Art – Papu Design, Hanna-Riikka Heikkilä and Riihimäki Art Museum, an exhibition that mixes pattern design with art.

The exhibition aims to attract a wide-ranging audience with a novel, inspiring and attractive selection that has never been seen before in Finland. For the first time ever, Papu Design’s clothing and accessories have been put on display in an exhibition that mixes art with pattern design.

The exhibition pays homage to Papu Design’s clothing and accessories and the works created by pattern designer and artist Hanna-Riikka Heikkilä (b. 1979). The exhibition is also complemented by works from Riihimäki Art Museum’s collections.

Riihimäki Art Museum aims to present the points where pattern design and art intersect with a stimulating and extravagant exhibition that is sure to delight and inspire audiences. The exhibition features Papu Design’s latest designs, patterns and clothing.

Papu Design’s patterns are keenly inspired by the works created by Hanna-Riikka Heikkilä, the company’s head pattern designer. Papu Design’s collections and patterns have always been strongly inspired by Hanna-Riikka Heikkilä’s art, and its clothes and accessories have interpreted her works in fresh and innovative ways. Heikkilä has designed patterns for the company since its founding in 2012. The works by Heikkilä featured in the exhibition are primarily acrylic paintings on MDF and canvas. Most of the works were created for the exhibition.

Papu Design’s patterns combine fashion, art and design in new and innovative ways. The company is renowned for its high-quality and responsibly produced women’s and children’s clothing, which are designed in Finland and manufactured in the EU. Papu Design’s products are sold in nearly 30 countries.

The exhibition also features a selection of works from Riihimäki Art Museum’s collections. Riihimäki Art Museum’s collections include over 2,000 works, most of which are paintings by Finnish artists from the beginning of the 1900s. Its collections also include other valuable items, such as Asian antiques, icons from the 1800s, and Egyptian artefacts.