The Kukamuka
Pattern Collection

Kukamuka Pattern Collection is an extensive collection of timeless patterns by artist and designer Päivi Vähälä. Existing Kukamuka Catalogues include for example fashion, home textiles, and tableware. The patterns can be printed in any color combination.

Palaset

Palaset

“In 1996, I drew about 100 various round forms on a cardboard, cut them out and painted orange. Then and in long run these pieces have functioned as a movable pattern design tools. Later on, I edited the forms further to more edgy designs.”

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Soi

Soi

“The SOI pattern is a detail of the original small painting on paper from 2013. It has a playful character and is fabulous in several color combinations“

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Donna

Donna

“My DONNA pattern origin are hundreds of line drawn sketches with a thought to go through its open space in the middle and coming out on the other side trough this portal in an other dimension of the consciousness.
It’s a play, but it might be true. That’s DONNA.”

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Paju

Paju

“PAJU is based on hand drawn lines sketch with the idea of creating a simple reduced elegant natural design. PAJU is the Finnish name for WILLOW. These approaches never get old. My hands do.”

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Piano

Piano

“This PIANO pattern originates from my study times at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, in 1981 when I painted a series of art work on paper which reminded of runes, rune writing. The aim was ‚writing designs‘ for fabrics as also same time creating individual pieces of art. PIANO cycle includes numerous other works which are now parts of the Kukamuka pattern collection”

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Flikka

Flikka

“The KUKAMUKA FLIKKA pattern is based on the A CAPELLA artwork (2011) inspired by hieroglyph pictorial writing with symbols. The idea of ‘writing picture‘ with my own own basic symbolic elements arose intuitively in the process of painting.“

PV