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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.
  • Summer's Eve
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    Summer's Eve

    $3,400.00

    Sanna Rahola & Douglas Drdul

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

    34" x 49"

     

     

     

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  • Boreal Sunrise
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    Boreal Sunrise

    $4,200.00

    Sanna Rahola & Douglas Drdul

    Silk, Linen, Mohair, Hand Dyed Wool with Pickled Black Walnut Frame and Livesawn Birch Edge

    42" x 52"

     

     

     

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  • Painted Trilliums II
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    Painted Trilliums II

    $2,800.00

    Sanna Rahola & Douglas Drdul

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

    44" x 30"

     

     

     

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  • Evening Glow
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    Evening Glow

    $1,950.00

    Sanna Rahola & Douglas Drdul

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

    34" x 49"

     

     

     

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  • Kukka XII (single stem)
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    Kukka XII (single stem)

    $65.00

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    Merino Wool, Organic Vegan Ivory (Garlic Stem) and Pickled Walnut

    18" X 2" Flower

     1" X 2" X 2" Base

    "Kukka" is Finnish for flower 

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  • Kukka XI (single stem)
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    Kukka XI (single stem)

    $65.00

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    Merino Wool, Organic Vegan Ivory (Garlic Stem) and Pickled Walnut

    18" X 2" Flower

     1" X 2" X 2" Base

    "Kukka" is Finnish for flower 

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  • Kukka X (single stem)
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    Kukka X (single stem)

    $75.00

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    Merino Wool, Organic Vegan Ivory (Garlic Stem) and Pickled Walnut

    18" X 3.5" Flower

     1" X 2" X 2" Base

    "Kukka" is Finnish for flower 

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  • Kukka IX (single stem)
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    Kukka IX (single stem)

    $75.00

    Sanna Rahola

    Merino Wool, Organic Vegan Ivory (Garlic Stem) and Pickled Walnut

    18" X 3.5" Flower

     1" X 2" X 2" Base

    "Kukka" is Finnish for flower 

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  • Kukka VIII (single stem)
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    Kukka VIII (single stem)

    $75.00

    Sanna Rahola

    Merino Wool, Organic Vegan Ivory (Garlic Stem) and Pickled Walnut

    18" X 3.5" Flower

     1" X 2" X 2" Base

    "Kukka" is Finnish for flower 

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    Kukka V

    $175.00

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    Merino Wool, Organic Vegan Ivory (Garlic Stem) and Pickled Walnut

    20" x 7" x 5"

    5" x 2" x 1" base 

    "Kukka" is Finnish for flower 

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  • Kukka IV (single stem)
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    Kukka IV (single stem)

    $65.00

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    Sanna Rahola

    Merino Wool, Organic Vegan Ivory (Garlic Stem) and Pickled Walnut

    16" tall

     

    "Kukka" is Finnish for flower 

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  • Kukka III (single stem)
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    Kukka III (single stem)

    $85.00

    Sanna Rahola

    Merino Wool, Organic Vegan Ivory (Garlic Stem) and Pickled Walnut

    33" tall

     

    "Kukka" is Finnish for flower 

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  • Kukka II (single stem)
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    Kukka II (single stem)

    $85.00

    Sanna Rahola

    Merino Wool, Organic Vegan Ivory (Garlic Stem) and Pickled Walnut

    30" tall

     

    "Kukka" is Finnish for flower 

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  • Kukka I (single stem)
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    Kukka I (single stem)

    $85.00

    Sanna Rahola

    Merino Wool, Organic Vegan Ivory (Garlic Stem) and Pickled Walnut

    30.5" tall

     

    "Kukka" is Finnish for flower 

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  • Details of Nature Series I
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    Details of Nature Series I

    $250.00

    Sanna Rahola

    Merino, Wool, Silk, Linen & Mohair

    3.5" X 3.5" textile work

    Mounted in an 8" x 8" frame, carved and stained by Olki Rahola-Drdul.

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  • In the Meadow Series II
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    In the Meadow Series II

    $250.00

    Sanna Rahola

    Merino, Wool, Silk, Linen & Mohair

    3.5" X 3.5" textile work

    Mounted in an 8" x 8" frame, carved and stained by Olki Rahola-Drdul.

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