KO/JU Creative Textile Studio is focused on developing unique textile-related products, installations and bespoke work in art, design and architecture. Two textile designers- Kärt Ojavee and Johanna Ulfsak stand behind the name.
Since 2013, collectively, they combine and experiment with new technologies and traditional textile fabricating techniques, testing the borders of both disciplines. Their studio is a meeting point for creative thinking, contemporary aesthetics, innovation, experimental approach, and craftsmanship.
KÄRT OJAVEE (Ph.D.) is a designer, artist, and lecturer. She has been focused on future concepts of textiles and (inter)active interior fabrics where technology and soft materials are combined. Her installations have been exhibited at various exhibitions around the globe. Her own brand KO! is focused on experimental textile-based products and unique objects. In 2012 she received a young designer award Säsi and was awarded an II prize at Be Open awards. The same year she was a runner-up at the Core77 design awards. Currently, Ojavee is a research fellow at the Estonian Academy of Arts’ Interior Design Department where her focus is on experimental biomaterials and living materials.
JOHANNA ULFSAK received her postgraduate degree from Designskolen Kolding in Denmark. She also participated in a residency programme focused on traditional Japanese weaving and textile design at the Kawashima Textile School in Kyoto, Japan. Ulfsak gained textile design and fashion related work experience in Switzerland, Germany, and Estonia. Her conceptual design brand NO FUN is focused on developing limited collections of different objects such as design carpets, handmade scarves, couture fabrics, and fashion pieces. Ulfsak enjoys creating fun visual illusions and highlights unpredictable results, prompting the viewer to analyze what they are seeing and think about how it was made. Inspired and influenced by out of the system thinkers such as hobbyist practices, deaf weavers, elderly clubs and Sunday craftsmen, her work aims to bring together poetic, humorous and fragile aspects of life.