Wool conference (ENG)

The broader aim of the international wool conference was to lead attention to researching and developing traditional crafts. Local craft resources and materials have crutial importance in that, offering a solution to an approaching environmental crisis. A more specific aim was to broaden the understanding of usage options of local wool, to understand it’s true value. Nowadays, nearly 85-90% of the wool produced in Estonia, is being destroyed.
The conference took place in Viljandi, Estonian Traditional Music Centre (Tasuja pst 6).


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS FROM THE 2ND DAY AT UTTV (with English translation): https://uttv.ee/naita?id=33814



Thursday, November 17th 2022

10.30-11.00 Gathering and welcome coffee  

11.00-13.00 Presentations by foreign lecturers (parallel translation from English to Estonian)

Sheep, Woolcraft and Regenerative Land-use by Patrick Dillon (Emeritus Professor, College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter, UK)

The Ecological Entanglements of Estonian Native Wool by Mathilde Lind (spinner and ethnologist, USA)

British Wool, from Farm to Product by Haldi Kranich-Wood (wool expert and product manager at British Wool, UK)

The Wool Value Chain in Norway – From Sheep to Textile. Use to Conserve – the Grey Gold of the Old Sheep by Ingvild Svorkmo Espelien (project manager at Selbu wool mill, Norway)

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Presentations by foreign lecturers (parallel translation from English to Estonian)

Ullkontoret – a Small but Large Scale Wool Scouring Line in Sweden by Hans Bulthuis (Ullkontoret, local wool activist, Visby, Sweden)

How to Take Off – Three Wool Projects on Gotland Led to a Co-working Factory by Jenny Andersson (Ullkontoret, Gotland Grey GUTI, local wool activist, Visby, Sweden)

WOOLDAYS/3 Years on Local Wool, Introduction and Networking for Artists, Designers and Architects by Anne Baasgaard (textile artist, leader of the Trondheim wool network, Norway)

16.00-18.00 Estonia-Norway wool cooperation project overview (Ave Matsin, Ingvild Svorkmo Espelien, Eli Wendelbo, Lee Reinula, Diana Tuulik, Merje Beilmann)

19.00-22.00 Festive dinner and musical welcome


Friday, November 18th

9.30-10.00 Gathering and welcome coffee  

10.00-13.00 Estonian presentations (whisper translation into English)

Opening speech by Anu Raud (textile artist, Emeritus Professor)

Activities at UT VCA Vilma Wool Mill 2016-2022by Astri Kaljus (UT Viljandi Culture Academy native textile lecturer and hostess of the wool mill)

‘Applied Research in Pallas: Local Sheep Wool in the Design Processby Liisi Tamm (Tartu Art College)

Evaluation and Quality of Woolby Kaie Ahlskog (animal husbandry specialist, ProAgria Etelä-Suomi ry)

Short stretching break

Using Wastewool to Replace Bubblewrapby Kert Jalakas (Woola LLC)

Wool User’s Perspective on the Example of MÄÄ Wool Pellet Productionby Mihkel Peedimaa (development manager, Villatoode LLC)

From Local Wool to High-quality Carpet – Enthusiasm or Enterpreunership? by Aivi Valliste (carpet master at Tekero floor company, Kihnu Native sheep farmer)

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-17.00 Cooperation fair for finding partners
Pop-up exhibitions
Wool sorting workshop (Ingvild Svorkmo Espelien, Selbu Spinner Ltd.)
Spinning competition (Julika Roos, Hea Villa Selts; pre-registration required)
Tour of Vilma maja wool mill (pre-registration required)

17.00-18.00 Announcing Anu Raud’s scholarship and presentation of the new issue of Studia Vernacula

Conference participation fee 15€ (included coffee breaks, presentations, and translation if necessary).

The conference is subsidized by Tartu University, Estonian Cultural Endowment and EEA/Norway Cooperation in Higher Education programmes.

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