I’ve never been much of a music festival goer. I’m uncomfortable in big crowds and the idea of sleeping in a tent freaks me out. One festival that has however become a regular on my calender is Flow Festival in Helsinki. What so awesome about it? Besides the diverse line-up and the great food, the festival takes place in the middle of the city so getting home is not an issue. Transport and lodging are some of the reasons I still haven’t made it to Pori Jazz and the Savonlinna Opera festival. Not to mention all the festivals abroad like Roskilde, Coachella and Glastonbury to name a few. But hey, there’s always next year!
What’s the verdict on this year’s Flow? With the risk of sounding lame, awesome! There was the sweaty bounce fest with Skrillex, Outkast’s greatest hits, groovy tunes of legendary Salif Keita and a whole lot more. The highlight was however the set by one electric lady, Janelle Monáe. Of all the artists I saw no one had as much energy and presence from start to finish. With the help of her band she sang, danced and even dived into the crowd. The last time Miss Monáe was at Flow she played in the full packed blue tent and I could only see her from the screen. This year she had been upgraded to the main stage (rightfully so!) and I made sure to get a front row position. Below are some images from her electrifying performance.
The Expander (2004) by Kimmo Schroderus. This sculpture is adjustable so it always looks different depending on the space. For some reason it made think about that animated movie from the 90’s, The Iron Giant!
The shorts pre polka dots
Last winter a friend of mine hosted a clothing swap event, what a brilliant idea! I came home with a few garments, among which; a pair of jeans I planned to wear this summer as shorts. So I cut off the legs but then put the project on hold since I couldn’t decide which colour to dye them. Then last week (a very hot week) I realised that I only own 2 pairs of shorts and they were both in the laundry basket. So to save time and quickly make these shorts wearable, I decided to print rather than dye them. I had an idea of tuxedo like stripes on the sides but ended up doing polka dots instead. I think It was because of all the lovely polka dot fabrics I saw at the local fabric store (need to buy some and sew a full A -line skirt). Back to the shorts, I wanted big and more irregular polka dots so I opted for self made stencils and a brush. I’m sure there’s an easier and more accurate way to do it but the improvised stencils worked for me. Now I just need to find another pair of jeans to dismantle and try that tuxedo stripe idea. I promise to have more step by step images for those shorts!
One of my not-so-accurate self made plastic stencils, I used 5 different sizes.
Voilà! Random polka dot denim shorts.