Date of birth: 8 March 1977
2002–2008 University of Tartu, Faculty of Philosophy, Semiotics and Cultural Studies, master’s studies
1998–2002 Viljandi Culture College, Farm Design and Native Crafts, cum laude
1995–1996 National Defence Academy, Police Service
1984–1995 Rapla I Secondary School
2009 – University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonian Native Textile Programme Director and Lecturer (1.0)
2008–2009 UT VCA Estonian Native Textile Programme Director and part-time Lecturer (0.5)
2005–2008 maternity leave
2004–2005 freelance craftsperson
2003–2004 Viljandi Culture College, Native Crafts, Programme Director
2002–2004 Viljandi Culture College, Estonian Native Textile, Visiting Lecturer
Courses taught and supervising:
UT Viljandi Culture Academy, in the specialty Estonian Native Textile: Research Methodology practice, Introduction to Specialty II, Knitting II, Crocheting, electives: Patchwork and Tunisian Crochet; in the master’s curriculum Native Crafts: Master’s Seminar
Supervised 5 master’s theses, 13 creative-practical graduation projects and 19 seminar papers
Main areas of research:
Creative work: Personal blog
Exhibition of gloves by Kristi Jõeste’s workshop Ulas “Against Cold” 2014–2015
28.10–17.11.2014 Folk Art Gallery, Tallinn
01.12.2014–31.01.2015 Kondas Centre, Viljandi
30.01–1.03.2015 Museum of New Art, Pärnu
10.03–27.03.2015 Irboska Museum (Russia)
30.03–10.04.2015 Pechory Cultural Centre (Russia)
30.04–25.05.2015 Art School Gallery, Haapsalu
02.06–31.08.2015 Muhu Museum
28.06–28.07.2014 Joint exhibition organised by Estonian Folk Art and Crafts Union “Ornamental” in Tallinn Art Hall. Ten pairs of Mulgi-inspired gloves exhibited.
09.2012–02.2013 Joint exhibition of authors of Saara Publishing House’s handicraft books “Silk Yarn and Silver Needles” in Türi Cultural Centre, Ly’s Gallery in Märjamaa Community Centre, Folk Art Gallery in Tallinn, Keila Library. Three pairs of gloves exhibited.
2012 Joint exhibition of the Native Textile alumni “Through Time’s Eye” in Kondas Centre, Viljandi. Two pairs of traditional Estonian gloves exhibited.
24.10–13.11.2011 Joint exhibition “Ornament – Key to the World. Tradition” in the gallery of Estonian National Library. The exhibition showed works by Anu Raud, Ehalill Halliste, Malle Antson, Riina Tomberg, Christi Kütt, Kristi Jõeste (six pairs of gloves), Astri Kaljus, Kadri Vissel and Evar Riitsaar. The same exhibition in the Museum of New Art, Pärnu 25.11.11–8.01.2012.
2010–2011 Solo exhibition of traditional gloves “Patterned Journey”
16.11–4.12.2010 Viljandi Museum
04.01–17.01.2011 Folk Art Gallery, Tallinn
01.–23.02.2011 Maarja-Magdaleena Guild, Pärnu
25.02–20.03.2011 Estonian National Museum, Tartu
01.–31.05.2011 Põltsamaa Handicraft Workshop, Põltsamaa
22.11.2012 – established my own enterprise Ulas OÜ (EMTAK classification: Designer’s Activity), see Ulase meistrikoda
Community and research-organisational activities:
Textile and semiotics consultant in the Editorial Board of the Native Crafts department’s peer-reviewed journal Studia Vernacula; made numerous presentations, instructed training courses in Estonia and abroad.
Awards and recognition:
2015 Annual Folk Culture Award in Viljandi County (awarded by the panel of the county’s cultural workers)
2013 Annual Award of Estonian Cultural Endowment’s Folk Culture Endowment to the preserver and promoter of the knitting tradition and a unique artisan
2012 University of Tartu badge of distinction and letter of appreciation for successful launch of the open university studies in the Estonian Native Textile curriculum, for systematic and responsible management and development of the speciality.
2008 Estonian Academy of Sciences, Second Prize in students’ research papers competition for “Artefact, self-determination, collective body: semiotic analysis of clothing on the example of the Kihnu skirt” (supervised by Anti Randviir, PhD)
2002 Republic of Estonia Ministry of Education and Research, competition of students’ research papers, Diploma for the paper “Saaremaa skirt in the 19th century: its semiotic status” (supervised by Anti Randviir, PhD)
Photo by Urmas Volmer