Curated by Shauna McCabe and circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada | Pollard Gallery
Marimekko, With Love provides a retrospective examination of the iconic Finnish design company’s mid-century origins and the role it played in shaping a new aesthetic and approach to living through fashion and design. Founded in 1951 by visionary designer Armi Ratia and her husband Viljo, Marimekko not only sparked an international revolution in post-WWII pattern and textile production, but also captured a new philosophy based on the power of design in everyday life. In North America, two ground-breaking studios – Karelia in Toronto, Ontario and Design Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts – introduced Marimekko and contemporary Finnish design to international audiences by the late 1950s.
The exhibition draws together landmark Marimekko fabrics and fashions created by pioneering designers under Ratia’s leadership from the 1950s to the 1970s as well as a breadth of archival material highlighting the personal stories and social relationships at the heart of the company’s international impact. Marimekko, With Love is circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada, and is curated by their Executive Director, Shauna McCabe.