I've lived in Lemmenjoki over 39 years. It's a little Sami village. My husband is a Sami and we are reindeerherders. (The Samis are the only indigenous people in Europe.) Because the colourful Sami culture has affected me greatly, I use a lot of figures from the old Sami shaman drums. Nature means also a lot to people in Lapland and in Finland and you can see and feel it in my works easyly.


I make my felts always from the Finnish sheepwoll. In vests, bags and hats I use also reindeerleather. It is very important for me to use nature's own materials. I make and design all my products by myself.
I have made felts about 22 years.  I have an all-year exhibition in my atelier, in Lemmenjoki..


"curriculum vitae": Kaija Paltto

  • 1973-1977 Art and Craft Institute in Kuopio
  • 1977 gratuated from Art and Craft Institute
  • 1977-1980 as a teacher in Inari commune
  • had three children, -81, -83 and -88
  • 1994 started up an enterprise, Kaija Paltto and also a handycraft boutique "Inarista Käsin" together with four other entrepreneur
  • 1995 many exhibitions in Inari commune with Inarista Käsin-group
  • 1995, an exhibition in Rovaniemi, in Luhti (2.10-30.11)
  • 25.-27.8 1995 As a teacher in "TOVTRÄFF" feltcourse in Lakselv, in Norway
  • 1.5-15.6 1996 As an invited exhibitor in Helsinki, Sami culture centre
  • 14-21.9. 1996 A trip to Turkey, to Tire. Getting to know to the local feltculture.
  • 1996-1998 As a feltmaker in Paulig's Juhla Mokka-coffee commercial-serie. Paulig-company chooses to its commercials different kind of form of arts and the best makers of each form.
  • 1.-3.8.1997 I arranged "TOVTRÄFF" feltcourse in Inari for Finnish, Norwegian ja Swedish students.
  • 24-31.10 1997 A felttrip to Turkey, to Antalia and to Konya. Finnish and Hungaryan feltmakers getting to know to Turkish feltculture.
  • 27.2-29.3.1998 I was with in an exhibition "villan lämpöä - huovan hehkua", in Tampere
  • 1.4.-25.4.4 1998 An exhibition in Jyväskylä, in Aivia
  • 28.6.-9.8. 1998 As an invited exhibitor in Porvoo
  • 1.7.-30.7.1999 As an invited exhibitor in Jämsä (Part of an international Felt Symposium)
  • 17-22.7.1999 An international Felt Symposium in Petäjävesi, in wich I had an own workshop.
  • 14.6-31.8.2000 As an invited exhibitor in shared exhibition "Käsityökesä" in Suomenlinna, in Helsinki.
  • 18.8-15.10.2000 As an invited exhibitor in Inari Siida Sami museum, "auringon voimaa-tunturin taikaa"
  • 9.9.-11.11.2000 As an invited exhibitor in shared exhibition in Mikkeli, "Voihan villa", in Kenkävero
  • 1999-2000 I built with my husband an own atelier and working studio (100m2) in Lemmenjoki where I have an all-year exhibition. I kept many short courses of feltmaking and history of felt for touristgroups.
  • 15.10-05.11. 2002 As an invited exhibitions in Tokyo in Japan
  • Gallery Zephire inOmia
  • Gallery Ten in  Nerimaku
  • Gallery Mayu in Ginza
  • 10 – 29.08.2004 As an invited exhibitor in shared exhibition in Budabest in Hungarian National Gallery “Thee.made of the hair of sheep…”
  • 2005-2006 As an invited exhibitions in FORMSCAPE – travelling exhibition of craft and desing in the Barents regionwww.formscape.fi
  • 18.6-4.9.2005 The Oulu City Art Museum.Oulu Finland
  • 30.9-30.10.2005 The City Exhibition Hall, Petrozavodsk.Russia
  • 25.3-23.4.2006 Konstens hus .Luleå.Sweden
  • 10.6-30.7.2006 Bodö Kuntförening, Bodö.Norway
  • 21.02-26.03 2006 As an invited exhibitior in shared exhibition in Namibia NationalGallery ” Potentials desing in the field ”
  • 2006-2007 As an invited exhibitor in sharet exhibition in Cultural museum in Helsinki 07.11.2006-04.03.2007 ”Muotoilua puskassa”
  • Female entrepreneur of year 2006 in Inari prize
  • 2007 As an invited exhibition ”Secrets of the North” in United Arab Emirates ,in the Cultural Foundation -Abu Dhabi Authority for Cultural & Heritage 15.05-24.05.2007
  • 2007 As an invited exhibitor in sharet exhibition ”Tracing the Reindeer” in The Craft Museum of Finland in Jyväskylä 07.06-16.09.2007 in Arktikum, Rovaniemi 19.10.2007-06.01.2008
  • 2007 october, female entepreneur of the year in Finland, honourable mention
  • 2009 05.-08.10. invited for a private exhibition in Estonia, Hiiumaa Kärdla, in Tuuri-house.
  • 2010 11.-13.12. Invite exhibition in Russia, at Petsamo cultural palace during the Trifon trade fair.
  • 2011 06.02-05.03. invite exhibition in  Espoo, arthouse Pikku -Auroora.
  • 2011 19.-21.8. Invite exhibition in Russia  Komi republic at Syktyvkar, V international festival of folk and decorative - applied art " Zarni kiyas".

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