Riho Toomra (Estonia) knitted lace exhibition “From thread to Art” at “Mencendorfa nams” museum gallery (Grēcinieku Street 18, Riga) at 12.09.2014- 01.11.2014 dedicated to the 110-th anniversary of the lace knitting Grand Old Man Herbert Niebling
I was born on 13.11.1963 in Rakvere. My family moved to Tallinn when I was a baby, and here I finished the Tallinn 1st Secondary School (now Gustav Adolfi Gümnaasium) and studied for a couple of years at Tallinn Polytechnic Institute. Since the two years of military service in the Soviet Army had left a gap in my studies, I lost interest in these, and I became a coach driver. Since 1996 I’ve run my own company in the field of international transport.
As long as I can remember I have always been attracted to music. I’ve been singing with several choirs in Estonia (Ellerhein, Tallinna Koolinoorte Segakoor, Mainori Kammerkoor, Estonia Seltsi Segakoor), and as a member of EuropaChorAcademy I have performed on different stages in Europe (e.g. Berliner Philharmonie, Die Glocke Bremen, Die Alte Oper Frankfurt, KKL Luzern Concert Hall, Philharmonie Luxembourg, etc.).
I love hard-rock and heavy-metal. In 2000 I founded the Metal Travel Agency in order to take people interested in hard-rock festivals and gigs all over Europe. The rock clubs Hades and Tapper in Tallinn were founded upon my initiative.
When I was a teenager, my granny taught me how to knit, and surprisingly for myself, my first experiments were rather successful. So since then knitting has always been something for me to kill boredom.
As the knitting process is pretty time-consuming, I have waited for today’s exhibition for many years. However, Herbert Niebling’s ingenious work is timeless, and I hope you’ll enjoy the exhibition.