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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.
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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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  • Frosty Strandline
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    Frosty Strandline

    $3,200.00

    Sanna Rahola & Douglas Drdul

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

    43" x 38"

     

     

     

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  • Bobbing Around
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    Bobbing Around

    $3,100.00

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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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  • 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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  • Winter Shadows
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    Winter Shadows

    $1,800.00

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

    19" x 48"

     

     

     

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  • 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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  • Irresistible Attraction
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    Irresistible Attraction

    $1,050.00

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

    25" x 20"

     

     

     

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  • Winter Apples VIII
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    Winter Apples VIII

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    Merino Wool, Silk & Linen 

    Image 4" x 4"

    Mounted on 10" x 10" board, ready to hang


     

     

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  • Winter Apples VII
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    Winter Apples VII

    $125.00

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    Merino Wool, Silk & Linen 

    Image 4" x 4"

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    Winter Apples VI

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    Merino Wool, Silk & Linen 

    Image 4" x 4"

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    Winter Apples V

    $125.00

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    Merino Wool, Silk & Linen 

    Image 4" x 4"

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  • Winter Moon III
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    Winter Moon III

    $125.00

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    Merino Wool, Silk & Linen 

    4" x 4" image size

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    Winter Moon II

    $125.00

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    Merino Wool, Silk & Linen 

    4" x 4" image size

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    Winter Moon

    $125.00

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    Merino Wool, Silk & Linen 

    4" x 4" image size

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    Winter Apples IV

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    Merino Wool, Silk & Linen 

    10" x 10"

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