I learned to crochet as a kid but for a long time I only had a few stitches in my repertoire. I’ve long wanted to learn new stitches so I can crochet something other that endless rows of treble stitches. Instead of getting lost in a new project that would end up in the “waiting to be finished” box, I chose to make small “swatches” with different stitches (see gallery below).
I found a great book at the library for instructions. The book is very clear and organised with a lot of step by step images to guide you. With the help of this book I was able to even learn how to read stitch symbol diagrams. I’m no expert yet but I’ve started to understand the basics. I think I’m going to buy this book as it has an equally informative section on knitting, something I’m not good at.
Now that I’ve tried these stitches my next project is to choose one and crochet a scarf. I also have a idea for a small cross body bag with flower/leaf decorations on the front. Now I just have to get started!
The Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art is right now showing an exhibition done in collaboration with Marimekko. Called Kimpassa/Together, the exhibition consists of pieces created specifically for the Kiasma spaces by 16 designers and contemporary artists. The exhibition is very versatile, though I had expected it to be bigger. It’s definitely a must for Marimekko fans out there!
Below are my favourite pieces from the exhibition.
The most impressive piece was without a doubt Hanna Vihriälä’s Rose.The piece is fascinating from afar . . .
. . . . . but even more when you come closer and realise that the artwork is made of candy! The museum counted that over 200 000 pins had been used for the piece!
As a fan of collage I really liked Timo Vaittinen’s creations.
Another favourite was Tommi Musturi’s The walk.
The piece is a big lamp that illustrates a story from morning to night.
The intricate details of the artwork up close.
The exhibition continues until the 7th of September.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART KIASMA
TUE 10-17 / WED-FRI 10-20:30 / SAT 10-18 / SUN 10-17
Jens Lekman performing at the 2013 Flow Festival In Helsinki.
I need to find a place where I can buy African wax print textiles.
Roaming the corridors of Versailles.
The Frederiksberg garden in Copenhagen.
Tove Jansson, the beloved creator of the Moomin characters was born a 100 years ago and to celebrate this Ateneum is hosting a major exhibition covering Jansson’s long artistic career. I went to see the exhibition a while back and was very impressed. Until then I had mostly viewed Jansson as a children’s books author and illustrator. I didn’t know that she was also an avid and talented painter. The exhibition is surprisingly extensive and chronicles Jansson’s work from her early childhood drawings to her abstract paintings in the 60’s. What really struck me was the diversity in her work and her use of colour. The exhibition also shows how the Moomin characters were born and how they developed over time.
I really recommend this exhibition to everyone. I left the museum with a smile on my face and feeling very inspired. I think I’m gonna watch a few Moomin episodes now!
One of Tove’s many self portraits, this one if from 1975.
Image scanned from the Ateneum brochure.
The exhibition is open until the 7th of September.
ATENEUM ART MUSEUM
TUE, FRI 10-18 / WED, THU 9-20 / SAT, SUN 10-17