31 Jul 2017
City of Colourful Cloth
The permanent exhibition City of Colourful Cloth tells how Forssa evolved from a group of farming villages of 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.
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 2022
8.12.2021-2.1.2022 Midori Tsunoi, Textile
4.-30.1.2022 Hannele Heino, Paintings,
1.-27.2.2022 Hoshika Tatsuo, Paintings
1.-27.3.2022 Satu Karhumaa, Installations
29.3.-24.4.2022 Ilona Kivijärvi , Installations
26.4.-8.5.2022 Forssan ammatti-instituutin keramiikka-artesaanien lopputyönäyttely
10.-22.5.2022 Forssan lasten ja nuorten kuvataidekoulun lopputyönäyttely
24.5.-12.6. Leena Vainio: Epicrise, painting, textile
14.6.-10.7 Kaisa Soini Paintings
12.7.-7.8. Tokyo the beautiful city. Patterns by 10 Nordic designers, made in traditional japanese Edo Sarasa-technique.
9.8.-4.9. Tanja Härmä: The Third Paradise. Collage and other visual experiences.
6.9.-23.9. Tanja Kallio, Ryijy rugs
27.9.-16.10. Seppo Alanissi, graphic art
18.10.-6.11.Arlene Tucker, Installations
8.-27.11. Tiina Rekola: Textile from Porras, 1966, photographs
29.11.2022- 8.1.2023 Anu Tuominen, In the Rooms of Museums
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