Melissa Sammalvaara photographed by Olli Silvennoinen

Melissa Sammalvaara is a Helsinki-based artist and designer who loves adventures and working next to a campfire. She creates woven ryijy textiles inspired by mosses and other things in nature, exploring the concepts of space and today’s human-nature relationship with a wide range of materials, techniques and textures. Developing new ryijy weaving styles and combining them with traditional techniques and materials is an essential part of her practice. 

Sammalvaara graduated from the Master’s programme in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design at Aalto University in 2019. She has had numerous solo exhibitions in the Helsinki capital region, Turku, Porvoo and Kristiinankaupunki. She has done a residency in Åland and received funding from the Alfred Kordelin Foundation as well as from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. She is currently supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and her works are part of the State Art Deposit Collection and some significant private collections.