Date of birth: 5 April 1973
2002–2005 Estonian Academy of Arts (Master of Arts in Arts and Culture Anthropology)1994–1998 Viljandi Culture College, Farm Design and Native Crafts 1980–1991 Viljandi Maagümnaasium
2009 – University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy, Lecturer (1,0)
2001–2009 UT VCA Estonian Native Textile, Assistant
1998–2003 Raudna Basic School, Teacher of Handicraft and Home Economics
Practical Research Methodology
Composition (I, II)
Embroidery (I, II)
Methods for Teaching Traditional Crafts
Professional Practice in Handicraft Circle Instruction (I, II, III)
Weaving (I, II)
Belt Weaving (I, II)
Estonian Jewelry Culture (pearl embroidery).
Elective courses: Tapestry (I, II)
Supervised 1 master’s thesis as a co-supervisor, 14 creative-practical graduation papers and 10 seminar papers
Main areas of research and creative work:
Traditional wedding carpets and dowry blankets – making copies of pattern, creating a modern carpet
Creative work, participation in projects:
20.12.2016–25.02.2017 Joint exhibition “In Red Yarn – Rugs and Coats” with Riina Tomberg and Viorica Kuusik. Kondas Centre, Viljandi.
06.09–09.10.2016 Festival of traditional textile “World Textile: East and West", author’s collection (4 carpets), History Museum of Margilan. Atlas Bayrami, Uzbekistan, Tashkent (UNESCO, Estonian National Committee).
28.06–27.07.2014 Joint exhibition “Ornamental” in Tallinn Art Hall, Vabaduse Square 6, Tallinn. Organised by Estonian Folk Art and Crafts Union, the exhibition displayed the works of more than one hundred craftspeople and professional artists.
17.12.2013–06.01.2014 Joint exhibition “Colours and Shadows” (with Riina Tomberg). In Estonian Folk Art and Crafts Gallery, Pikk 22, Tallinn. The exhibition was supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment.
09.11.2012–01.03.2013 Folklore practice in West Estonia “Patterns in the Past and Now” (exhibition of visual material collected and mapped during UT VCA folklore practice in Lihula).
07.11–30.11.2013 UT VCA Estonian Native Textile students’ exhibition “Birds and Flowers of West Estonia”. Copies of patterns from folklore practice in Hanila, carpets by Christi Kütt. Estonian Traditional Music Centre, Tasuja pst 6, Viljandi.
30.07–01.09.2012 Exhibition of modern Estonian art “Me usume – nous croyons”, France. Participation in the joint exhibition in France, supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment transport allowance. The exhibition included works by older and younger generation artists introducing Estonian art.
06.11–18.11.2011 Joint exhibition “Ornament – Key to the World. From Tradition to Design”, National Library, Tõnismägi 2. Participation in the joint exhibition dedicated to the Jewelry Year of Estonian Folk Art and Crafts Union.
11.02–11.03.2011 Joint exhibition “Ensemble” , Pechory Museum, Russia. The exhibition showed dolls and toys (in unique author’s technique) by various artists of Estonia.
11.09–05.12.2009 Joint exhibition “Author’s doll” , Pskov Regional Folk Art Centre, Russia. The joint exhibition represented works by 21 doll-makers.
25.09–22.11.2008 Joint exhibition “Woven Stories. Carpets from Estonia”, Bratislava, Slovakia. The joint exhibition showed 19–20th-century ethnographical carpets, tapestries by UT VCA students, and author’s collection works by Riina Tomberg and Christi Kütt.
27.02–10.03.2008 Joint exhibition of Estonian textile artists “Before”. Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn.
12.07–06.08.2006 “1st International Applied Arts and Crafts Exhibition in Latvia”, Riga.
06–07.2005 Joint exhibition “Rugs, doublets and tapestry” (with Riina Tomberg), “Ritums” folk art centre, Riga.
30.12.2010– Member of programme council of the Estonian Native Textile curriculum (professional higher education), Faculty of Arts and Humanities;
MTÜ Viljandi Käsitöökoda, member of supervisory board
Solo exhibition “Carpet exhibition”. The author’s collection introduces modern (wedding) carpets made on the basis of ethnographic carpets.
30/01/2015–09/03/2015 Museum of New Art, Esplanaadi 10, Pärnu
01/12/2014–06/01/2015 University of Tartu main building, Tartu
Personal exhibition “Põllerahvas” (Apron people), preparation and exhibition. The author’s collection introduces practical textiles made on the basis of ethnographic ones.
19.08.2013–25.09.2013 Muhu Museum, Koguva
05.10.2012–27.10.2012 Kuressaare Culture Centre, Saaremaa
03.09.2012–03.10.2012 Theatre “Estonia” winter garden, Tallinn
02.03.2012–30.03.2012 Põltsamaa Handicraft Workshop, Põltsamaa
18.05.2012–01.06.2012 “Ugala” theatre, Viljandi
20.12.2011–09.02.2012 Estonian Folk Art and Crafts Gallery, Pikk 22, Tallinn
The exhibition was supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment.
23.11.2011–18.12.2011 Museum of New Art, Esplanaadi 10, Pärnu
20.09.2011–19.10.2011 Valga Cultural and Hobby Centre, Valga
02.08.2011–18.09.2011 Kondas Centre, Pikk 8, Viljandi
Personal exhibition “Wedding carpets and blankets” (Estonian Folk Art and Crafts Union building in April 2005, Estonian Embassy in Finland 2009, Slovakia 2010)
Awards and recognition:
2008 Annual award of Viljandi County Heritage Culture
2006 Annual award of the Folk Culture Endowment of Estonian Cultural Endowment to a carrier of folk art and crafts traditions.
2006 Estonian Folk Art and Crafts Union’s competition “Estonian Toy”, first prize (handheld toy animals)
2004 “Young Heritage Preserver” (2003)
2003 Estonian Folk Art and Crafts Union’s competition “Estonian Gift”, first prize (rug and mittens)
10.2015 University of Tartu’s gift (blanket) to Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden.
2015 Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival 2015, Estonian People’s Award (“Wedding blanket”) to the best film “Something Better to Come” (Hanna Polak). Museum of New Art, Pärnu (1998, 1999, 2000, 2013)
Award of the President of Estonia to the winner of the “Most beautiful school in Estonia” competition – Pala Basic School (tapestry “Party Guests” 2003) and Konguta Elementary School (tapestry “Party Carpet” 2000).
Anthology of Estonian Traditional Music (2003, Estonian Literary Museum). The artwork of the collection uses photos of the tapestry “Party Guests”.