Textile designer Anna Vasko is a passionate searcher, designer and teacher constantly developing big projects, ahead of the present. Specializing in natural dyes and gathering knowledge and experience has been a 30 year long journey. Leading a sustainable way of life in a broad sense, including well being in life and work, passing on and modernizing traditions as well as creating qualitative textile solutions are key motivators.
Art and life are processes, where nothing else is sure but change. I work with change, hoping it´s for the better – a more sustainable future. Accepting change is a challenge as we tend to want to create something larger than life… But only through this we give space for a random miracle – an innovation.
Entrepeneur from 1998.
Teacher at Vocational Studies, Axxell Utbildning, textile department, Aug. 2009 – July 2012. Having taught courses and been employed as a part time teacher in printing and dyeing at the textile department of Artesan studies in Tammisaari from 2001- 2007
2020- Finntwill- Developing production of naturally dyed wool fabrics from local wool, with Kultavilla Oy, funded by AVEK and Svenska kulturfonden
2020 “Padoista puikoille” knit design and natural dye book, with Kirsi Mantua-Kommonen, publisher: Sitruunakustannus
2019- 2021 The industrial dyeing of AURINKOKEHRÄ yarn collection: production planning project. Rural development program, Finland 2014 – 2020
2018 Business Finland: Innovaatioseteli: Taking Natural Dye Recipes to industrial dye machines
2016-2018 Myssyfarmi: designing and executing natural dye shades for production
2015-2016 KKV Stockholm: arranging courses in natural dyeing
2011 -2014 Metropolia University of applied sciences : Textile designer, adult studies
2007-2009 Södra Stockholms Folkhögskola: Projektverkstaden ( KKV, Nacka membership)
2002-03 EVTEK design institute, Vantaa: Sustainable product design education for entrepreneurs, Natural Dye Project
1993 -1995 Ekenäs yrkesinstitut, Utbildningsenheten för hantverk och konstindustri, -Textil
1989-90 Taidekoulu MAA, Helsinki – visual art studies
1987-88 Limingan taidekoulu /folk academy, Liminka – Basic Visual art studies