Inspired by elements of nature and the Finnish-American culture, KAMPPINEN is committed to art + design for the home with sustainable materials and natural dyes. Dyeing by hand is a wonderful art that takes much time and patience – and a willingness to embrace what the dyes decide to give. It comes with the understanding that all hand-dyed pieces are one-of-a-kind and contain a bit of surface design variation in the cloth. This should be considered character, and it is what makes each piece unique.
KAMPPINEN is the name of my great-great grandparents who emigrated to the U.P. from Finland in the late 1800s. I use this name to label my work because to me, it represents the determination and resilience, passed down to me, from the Motherland.
-Heidi Wiitanen for KAMPPINEN
Photos by Hannah Messinger