Travel Route: Road to Industrial Design
The Pattern Centre
City of Colourful Cloth
THE CITY OF COLOURFUL CLOTH
Our permanent exhibition City of Colourful Cloth tells how Forssa evolved from a group of farming villages in the middle of the 19th century into a modern industrial city.
It tells how Axel Wahren founded Forssa and how “cotton angels” came to work in the factory. It tells about the time when the river through the city got blue, green or red, depending on the dyeing plant. It also tells about later days when rotating machines produced kilometres of colourful cloth, and when houses were made of concrete.
Sat 10-14 (summer season 12-16)
THE PATTERN CENTRE
The Pattern Centre is home to our museum's collection of printed textiles. The space is divided into an exhibition space, museum shop, archive, and research facilities.
The new exhibition tells the story of Finnish textile printing, an industry that began in Forssa in the 1860s. Forssa maintained its status as a focal place of printmaking know-how and design, through the age of industrial textile printing in Finland, and continued onwards from the 1930s as an important part of Finlayson Co.
From the year 1951 onwards the Forssa design studio hosted textile designers and artists who created patterns of different colors and designs: stripes, polka dots, florals, abstracts, and everything in between, always getting inspired by the movements of art, popular culture, and design of their time. These printed fabrics dressed our nation, decorated our homes, and spread across the border to international markets.
Our permanent exhibition includes information, illustrations, and photographs of designers and their time as well as printed textiles, made into textile installations. These installations have been created to showcase different styles and decades of Finnish printed textile design. You can learn about color layering, color theory, and textile printing in our exhibition that invites you to touch, feel and try for yourself!
We are open, starting April 30th, 2022
(outside the summer season upon request during weekends)
Address: Wahreninkatu 13, 30100 Forssa
RONTTISMÄKI factory workers' house museum
Experience the living of local industrial workers and craftsmen in the 1880s in a complex of three wooden houses. The Workers House Museum is open during events in the summertime. All the events are free of charge. You can visit or book a tour outside the events by contacting the museum staff in advance by email or phone:
+358 3 4141 5101
Location: 2. Linja 5-7, Forssa
GALLERY MOLETTI 2023
10.-29.1. Anne Vilkuna: Paintings, "Piece by piece"
28.2.-26.3. Outi Rämö: Paintings
28.3.–23.4. Jaana Saario: Paintings and frescos.
25.4.-7.5. Keramiikka-artesaanit, lopputyönäyttely. Forssan ammatti-instituutti.
9.5.-21.5. Forssan lasten ja nuorten kuvataidekoulu, lopputyönäyttely.
23.5-18.6. Elisabeth San Miguel: Installations.
20.6.-16.7. Työryhmä Pehmeä puoli ( Työryhmä Heidi Hakkarainen, Sirpa Hannele Heinonen, Lotta Leka, Kirke Muhonen, Janne Raappana, Katariina Rantala, Kristiina Töyry, Leena Vainio, Hanna Valtokivi, Sanna Ristolainen, Marika Viskari ja Heli Väisänen. )
18.7.-13.8. Petra Kallio: Graphic art.
17.-20.8. Naomi Ito ja Anu Tuominen: Helminä
22.8.-10.9. Valokuvaaja Jussi Pohjakallion lehtikuvia (SK) 1950-luvulta. Journalistic photographs.
12.9.-8.10. Veera Inkeri: Installations
10.10-5.11. Pia Männikkö: Installations
7.11.-3.12. Niina Hiltunen: Textile art.
4.12- 7.1.2024 Niko Saarinen: Drawings and sculptures.
The picture is form an art exhibition by Noora Ylipieti - Toisia palveleva rakkaus, 2019.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR OWN EXHIBITION IN THE MUSEUM ART GALLERY?
If interested, please send in your application including an exhibition plan, CV, photographs of your previous work or exhibitions, and your preferred time for the exhibition.
Application time for the year 2023 starts in April 2022
Exhibition times will be decided during the summer season. We will contact the artists chosen for the year 2023 during the summer of 2022.
Gallery space is approximately 80m2.
Rent for the exhibition space is 80 € for the first week + 40 € every week after that (includes VAT24%). The standard exhibition time is 4 weeks, but exceptions can be made.
For more information + sending in your application please contact us via phone or email:
+358 3 4141 5101