Counsellor-in-Craft Tyyne-Kerttu Virkki (5.6.1907-20.11.2000) has become a significant influence as a promoter and recorder of handicraft culture from the time of the Winter War to the end of the century.
Virkki was the editor-in-chief of Omin käsin magazing (founded in 1938) from 1944–1970, and the managing director and designer of Vokki Oy from 1947–1990. In her work, she emphasised her views on nurturing handicraft skills and, in particular, the Karelian tradition.
In 1977 Virkki founded a handicraft museum based on the handicrafts she collected from Aunus in Karelia. In 1978, Virkki founded the Tyyne-Kerttu Virkki Foundation to take care of the handicraft museum.
Tyyne-Kerttu Virkki in the Merikannontie museum in the 1980s
Tyyne-Kerttu Virkki created the foundation in 1978 to maintain the museum and its collections. The purpose of the foundation is to nurture the promotion of Finnish national, and particularly Karelian, handicraft, cottage, and art industries and the related traditional customs and formal culture. In addition to material culture, the foundation seeks to promote intangible cultural heritage by organising traditional and cultural events.
The Tyyne-Kerttu Virkki Foundation's spokesperson is (retired) museum manager Jarno Peltonen.
The Foundation's office is located at Merikannontie 3 B 32, 00260 Helsinki.