Kaarina grew up in Toronto and now lives in West Vancouver. She received her craft training at Capilano University in North Vancouver, and has a previous Geology degree from the University of Toronto.
She is a fibre artist, working primarily with silk, paper and recycled materials, to create containers in the form of boxes and purses.
“In my work, I try to reflect the harmony and balance I so admire in Japanese craft, as well as the geometry of Art Deco. It could be that my fondness for precise, geometric forms is a legacy from a previous career in computer mapping. My label ‘KOTI’ means ‘home’ in Finnish, which is a tribute to my Finnish mother, who taught me how to sew and to maintain exacting standards.”