First Name
Kaarina
Last Name
Talvila
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BC
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Canada
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Handmade original design and custom handbags.
Artisan Profile

Kaarina grew up in Toronto and now lives in West Vancouver. She received her craft training at Capilano University, and has a previous Geology degree from the University of Toronto. She is a fibre artist, designing and hand crafting silk evening bags in striking colours and strong forms, which are softened by the addition of tassels and vintage buttons.

“I have a great appreciation for the harmony and balance displayed in Japanese craft, and try to achieve a similar sense in my own work. My pieces are also characterised by a strong degree of precision and exactness, a legacy, no doubt, from a previous career in computer mapping. My label ‘KOTI’ means ‘home’ in Finnish, which is a tribute to my Finnish mother, who taught me how to sew and to maintain exacting standards.”

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