Kaarina grew up in Toronto and now lives in Vancouver. She received her craft training at Capilano University, and has a previous Geology degree from the University of Toronto. She is a fibre artist, designing and hand-crafting silk evening bags in striking colours and strong forms, which are softened by the addition of  tassels and vintage buttons.

In my work, I try to reflect the harmony and balance I so admire in Japanese craft, as well as the geometry of Art Deco, which I find so appealing. It could be that the precision and exactness of my work is also a legacy from a previous career in computer mapping.  My label ‘KOTI’ means ‘home’ in Finnish, which is a tribute to my Finnish mother, who taught me how to sew and to maintain exacting standards.”

Recent Group Exhibitions

2017:  ArtWear Biennial, Fort Collins, CO

2017:  Circle Craft 45th Anniversary Show, Vancouver, BC

2016: Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Ont

2015:  Language of Craft. Alberta Craft Council Feature Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2013:  40 Years and Beyond: Circle Craft 40th Anniversary Exhibition. Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2013:  10,000 hrs: Celebrating 40 Years of the Craft Object. Craft Council of BC 40th Anniversary Exhibition.  Atrium Gallery at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC

2012:  Refuse/re-seen.  Some Things Looming Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania

2011:  Trashformations.  Silver Circle Gallery, Putnam, Connecticut

2011:  ReVision@Creekhouse Granville Island, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Solo Exhibition

2013:  It’s in the Bag!  Some Things Looming Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania


2015:  Received 2015 Niche Award in ‘Fashion Accessories, Handbags’ category

2013:  Selected  2014 Niche Award Finalist in ‘Fashion Accessories, Handbags’ category

2012:  Winner ‘Best of Show Award’, Refuse/re-seen Exhibit. Some Things Looming Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania