Laura Soisalon-Soininen

Affection, carrying, journey


“Every day, or as often as possible, I knit my walks in the orthodox neighbourhood in Geula, Esra Tora, and from the Bar Kochva street to the city and the wall. I include both predetermined and undetermined steps in my needlework by not only tracing my steps but also knitting journeys that are yet to come, which have been taken from somewhere else or been passed by. The system and the fabric turn around, they rotate, but they also precede the walk.

When the work is finished, I pick it up and head for another walk. I take the fabric from the stand. It takes me a while, but I am finally able to remove it without cutting it. The fabric fits neatly on my hips, becoming a kind of a ring or a belt which I can wear. I walk with it through the streets in which I have counted and woven, both old and new, from home to the wall and back. The garment carries with it a potential recipient (a woven container) which will be finished at the same time.”

Laura Soisalon-Soininen, 1982, Helsinki