Hi!
My name is Heli Savila – creator and maker behind Lemons And Yarn. I am a punch needle fiber artist based in Helsinki.
I like to create improvisational abstract paintings with yarn. I am rather impatient and creating that way is like going on an adventure – not knowing what comes out and relying on the materials to guide me. It all comes down to materials. How they make me feel and how they interact with each other. From that I choose the composition. 
I hope that my work takes the viewers on an emotional adventure the same way it takes me when I am creating it.
I am curious about transferring emotions with different materials. Questioning the terms like "beauty" and "mistake". I like to use materials that at first bring out negative emotions and work with them, using them in a way that in the end there is nothing negative left. Also mistakes are the cornerstone of my work. Making them, using them, working around and with them. Again – making something good out of something that otherwise would be a mistake. Focusing on materials, their personality and relationships between different textures and colours. 
Punch needle is a small pen like tool with a hollow inside and a metal tip. 
The technique itself is very easy – there is basically only one movement to do. Using the punch needle and a special fabric, the needle is pushed through the fabric over and over, leaving on side of the fabric flat stitches and on the other loops.
This simplicity creates limitless possibilities of how to use it and creates a meditative freedom when creating.
Press
Exhibitions & Events
Galleria Kookos, Helsinki
2021
Solo exhibition: On the other side of the wave
Rõõm, Helsinki
2019
Design District Market
Vanha Ylioppilastalo, Helsinki
2021
Design Market
Helsinki Design Week, online
2021
Design District Market
Hetzukoto, Helsinki
2020
Designtori Tampere
online
2020
Design Market
Helsinki Design Week, online
2020
Xmas Design Market WeeGee
Espoo Museum of Modern Art
2019
Design Market
Helsinki Design Week, Kaapelitehdas 
2019
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Education
2010 - 2014 
Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences 
Design in creative industries
Minor in interior design (BA)
2005 - 2008
Tallinn Art School


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