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Sanna Rahola


sanna_rahola-photoSanna was born in Finland, and as a young child quickly became familiar with the vernacular of weaving in her home country. Sanna was already an accomplished weaver by the time she came to Halifax, Nova Scotia in the mid 1990’s.   It was there she met Douglas Drdul, a gifted stringed instrument maker, beginning a partnership that has led to an extraordinary collaboration of uniquely inspired pieces combining their individual mastery of medium into a singular artistic vision. After studying the virtuosity and subtlety of wool felting, Sanna developed a unique ability to ‘paint’ with fibre. At first glance it seems her images must have been rendered in pastel or paint, reflecting her astonishing abilities as a textile artist. After interpreting the carved wood elements Douglas has created for the piece, the process of creating her ‘felted canvas’ begins. Vividly colored and subtly rendered felt images are complimented by exquisitely carved panels from Black Walnut, Birch and Limewood. In a unique relationship between two artists and two media, a single story is told. 

The felted and wood elements come together in a cohesive image that defy the limitations of fibre and wood, creating canvases that exude the nuance of sunlight through mist and the primeval power of the land. 

Sanna has extensive teaching experience both in Canada and abroad, including: Artist in Residence Program, Central Finland Institute of Arts, Petajavesi, Finland. Sculptural Felt Making Workshop, Hants Shore Community Health Centre, Nova Scotia, Canada. Felt Making Course, Kasi Ja Taideteollisuusoppilaitos, Seinajoki, Finland. 

Sanna and Douglas live in Walton, Nova Scotia, Canada with their son Olki.
  • Black-Eyed Susan II
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    Black-Eyed Susan II

    $1,050.00

    Sanna Rahola & Douglas Drdul

    Silk, Linen, Mohair, Hand Dyed Wool with Pickled Black Walnut Frame 

    18.5" x 24"

     

     

     

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  • Black-Eyed Susan I
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    Black-Eyed Susan I

    $1,050.00

    Sanna Rahola & Douglas Drdul

    Silk, Linen, Mohair, Hand Dyed Wool with Pickled Black Walnut Frame 

    25" x 13.5"

     

     

     

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    Through the Stand

    $4,100.00

    Sanna Rahola & Douglas Drdul

    Silk, Linen, Mohair, Hand Dyed Wool, Salvaged Wood with Pickled Black Walnut Frame 

    24" x 58"

    Wood accent extends an additional 8" below frame

     

     

     

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  • Clear Water
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    Clear Water

    $2,600.00

    Sanna Rahola & Douglas Drdul

    Silk, Linen, Mohair, Hand Dyed Wool with Pickled Black Walnut Frame 

    42" x 32"

     

     

     

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  • Moss in Bloom
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    Moss in Bloom

    $2,950.00

    Sanna Rahola & Douglas Drdul

    Silk, Linen, Mohair, Hand Dyed Wool with Pickled Black Walnut Frame 

    30" x 50"

     

     

     

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  • Meadow Waltz
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    Meadow Waltz

    $3,200.00

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    Sanna Rahola & Douglas Drdul

    Silk, Linen, Mohair, Hand Dyed Wool with Pickled Black Walnut Frame 

    35.5" x 46"

     

     

     

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  • Bobbing Around
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    Bobbing Around

    $3,100.00

    Sanna Rahola & Douglas Drdul

    Silk, Linen, Mohair, Hand Dyed Wool with Pickled Black Walnut Frame 

    35.5" x 46"

     

     

     

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  • The Gathering
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    The Gathering

    $3,200.00

    Sanna Rahola & Douglas Drdul

    Silk, Linen, Mohair, Hand Dyed Wool with Pickled Black Walnut Frame 

    Black Walnut Carving

    20" x 52"

     

     

     

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  • Relaxing Under the Canopy
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    Relaxing Under the Canopy

    $3,200.00

    Sanna Rahola & Douglas Drdul

    Silk, Linen, Mohair, Hand Dyed Wool with Pickled Black Walnut Frame 

    Black Walnut Carving

    20" x 52"

     

     

     

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  • View From the Bow
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    View From the Bow

    $3,900.00

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    Sanna Rahola & Douglas Drdul

    Silk, Linen, Mohair, Hand Dyed Wool with Pickled Black Walnut Frame 

    Livesawn cherry wood & poplar accents

    32" x 50"

     

     

     

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  • Among the Branches
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    Among the Branches

    $4,500.00

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    Silk, Linen, Mohair, Hand Dyed Wool with Pickled Black Walnut Frame by Douglas Drdul

    44" x 62"

     

     

     

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  • Black-Capped Chickadee IV
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    Black-Capped Chickadee IV

    $125.00

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    Merino Wool, Silk & Linen 

    10" x 10"

    Mounted on board, ready to hang

    "The beautiful and inspiring black-capped chickadees are our neighbours  in Walton, Nova Scotia."

     

     

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    Black-Capped Chickadee III

    $125.00

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    Merino Wool, Silk & Linen 

    10" x 10"

    Mounted on board, ready to hang

    "The beautiful and inspiring black-capped chickadees are our neighbours  in Walton, Nova Scotia."

     

     

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    Black-Capped Chickadee II

    $125.00

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    Merino Wool, Silk & Linen 

    10" x 10"

    Mounted on board, ready to hang

    "The beautiful and inspiring black-capped chickadees are our neighbours  in Walton, Nova Scotia."

     

     

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  • Black-Capped Chickadee I
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    Black-Capped Chickadee I

    $125.00

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    Merino Wool, Silk & Linen 

    10" x 10"

    Mounted on board, ready to hang

    "The beautiful and inspiring black-capped chickadees are our neighbours  in Walton, Nova Scotia."

     

     

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  • Sunset Daisy III
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    Sunset Daisy III

    $125.00

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    Merino Wool, Silk & Linen 

    10" x 10"

    Mounted on board, ready to hang

    "The view of the summer sunsets over the Minas Basin are beautiful and inspiring here in Walton, Nova Scotia."

     

     

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