It’s time for something new (and happy anniversary!)

I started writing this post wanting to share what’s been going on lately but then an invoice from my web hosting company reminded me of something. I’ve been so busy lately that I almost forgot that my fourth blogging anniversary was coming up.

When I started this website I was struggling to find work in design and started the blog as a way to creatively keep me occupied. I had this irrational fear that I would forget most of what I had learned in design school while doing those other jobs we all have to do in order to get by.

It’s been a few years now and even though I’ve at times felt like my life is uneventful, looking back to those first posts I can see how much I’ve changed as a person but also as a creator. During these few years I’ve changed jobs, traveled and moved a couple of times. I’m glad I’ve kept creating and posting, even when I was feeling very insecure about my skills.

It’s now again time for another chapter, challenge and adventure. I’m going back to school to get my masters and I’ve moved again and I now have not one but three lovely roommates. It’s funny how things sometimes work out. I really feel like this the right time for me to back to school. I feel I’m much more focused and have a clear idea what I want to learn.

What do these changes mean for my little blog? I’m probably going to be posting more irregularly and posting about a wider range of subjects. The focus is going to be my creative process and all the things that inspire me but I now feel brave enough to also write about things I’m worried about. I’m curious to see where that leads.

For the first time in a really long time I feel I can honestly say that I’m excited about the changes that are happening in my life. Do I have everything figured out? Hell no! I’m I worried about the planet and what feels increasing division and apathy? Of course! But for once, in my little bubble, things are going my way!

 


How does one join an art collective?

That’s what I’d like to know! I was watching a mini series about the Bloomsbury Group (I blame it on that Grantchester binge watching session) and got thinking what it would be like to be in an art collective and if it’s something that still exists in today’s world. The group was not an art collective per se and I can imagine the multiple love triangles caused a lot of drama but there’s something about artistic individuals creating together that intrigues me. I envision this lively but safe space where people inspire and challenge you. Where new ground is broken and minds enlightened. In the real world however, how does a rather paranoid introvert find/join/create an art collective?

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Scarlet by Stiina Saaristo, 2004. In my art collective fantasy, it would be the place where I would find my own painting style. Did I mention that I actually don’t paint that much?

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Organs III by Renáta Jakowleff. I have always been fascinated by glass, so maybe in my fantasy art collective I would become a glass master!

‘Cause here’s the thing, every time I go to a museum, I always get really inspired and eager to create. I often find myself asking, why I’m not painting/sculpting/writing more. The most recent time I asked that question my friend suggested I should join an association of some kind. She said there’s camaraderie to be found and you can have group exhibitions! So I’m asking all of you artsy people out there, where can I find an art collective to join?


In a galaxy very very near

Date : 26/01/2017
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In a galaxy very very near

I have thing for fireworks. I love watching them and in the past few years I’ve been very keen on photographing them as well. This has not always been the case. There was a time when fireworks made me incredibly tense as the sound reminded me of bombs. It took a while but eventually I was able to go outside and enjoy the explosion of colours.

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As for photographing fireworks, it started with my previous camera that had a fireworks setting. I don’t think I was using that setting properly but I loved the messy abstract images I got. Now that I’ve gotten better acquainted with my dslr I know I should use a tripod to get the proper shots. I however find that it is the random experimental images that speak to me. You know the ones, that look like someone put a laser in a blender or nebulas and galaxies far far away. I do plan to buy a tripod and then I’ll try the more professional way of photographing fireworks.

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After I watched the fireworks marking the beginning of Finland’s centenary anniversary and the euphoria of that experience had worn off, I started thinking how I’d just basically watched tens of thousands (maybe even hundreds of thousands) of euros being blown up. Don’t get me wrong, everything costs money and anniversaries should be celebrated but it’s still a a lot of money for a few minutes. There’s also an environmental aspect to consider. But if we were to get rid of fireworks what would replace them? Lazer light shows? I don’t know, it wouldn’t be quit the same but I’m open to the possibilities the future holds.

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Bring it on 2017

Date : 04/01/2017
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Bring it on 2017

I think we can call 2016 a difficult year for the human race! It’s easy to get stuck on the horrible things that have happened (and are still happening) but it’s in these difficult times that finding the good becomes even more important. The later half of 2016 was challenging on a personal level. I’ve was feeling very frustrated and struggled to find energy. Too often  last fall I found myself operating survival mode. The good news is that it’s up to me to change things, I have to reprioritise and change the things that are dragging me down. So I’ll start 2017 with reminding myself of the great things that happened this past year.

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During easter I went to London, Pre-Brexit London! Sometimes it’s really fun to travel somewhere without any major plans. And having friends who can show you around and offer you a place to stay is priceless.

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The highlight of my year was definitely the trip to Tokyo. It was a life altering journey that was so much fun! I was so scared when I left, scared of flying such a long distance by myself, scared of getting lost in such a huge city and a whole list of other things. Guess what? Everything went well! I wandered the streets of streets of Tokyo all googly eyed and ate everything matcha flavoured I came across. Goes to show that one should not let fear get the best of you (I know, not always so easy!). I hope I will be able to return to Japan in the near future, I want to see more of the country. I still  have some images from the trip to share with you so stay tuned!

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I finally stepped in front of the camera. This might seem like a small thing but for a person like me who’s disliked being photographed since I was a kid, it was a big step forward. The reason? Garments are better shown on a person than on a hanger. So far I’ve been lucky that my friends have have helped me out with the photographing but I still need to work on my posing skills!

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This year I stepped up my crochet game and crocheted  several scarves. It’s always fun to give handmade gifts to loved ones. This year I want to learn more challenging crochet stitches and techniques.

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I say it quit often but I love Copenhagen. This year I visited the city in the summer which I hadn’t done before.

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My main reason for being in Copenhagen? To see Queen Bey! It was the other big highlight of 2016. I’ve been a fan of Beyoncé since the early days of Destiny’s Child so this was really a dream come true. Sometimes last fall, when I was having a really bad day, I’d watch the video I took when we all were singing along to “Love on top” and I’d immediately feel better!

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I’ve also been learning some new skills. I took a class in video editing ( i hope in 2017 i’ll be able to show you what I’ve learned.) I’m constantly working to improve my photography and I recently caught the GIF bug.

So 2016 gave me a lot to be grateful for. I’d like to thank all of you who made all this possible.


A very merry unbirthday to me

Date : 30/09/2016
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A very merry unbirthday to me

Oh may goodness, another year has passed! On one hand it feels like it wasn’t that long ago I was freaking out about that first blog post, on the other hand it feels like years since my second anniversary post. I guess  it’s been a  transformative year!

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about self expression and creativity. On my CV it says I’m fashion designer. As far as design disciplines go, fashion is my first love and what I studied but at the same time the title “fashion designer” is starting to feel more and more alien to me. Maybe it’s because I don’t work with clothes in my day job or maybe it’s the increasing crazy speed of the fashion world. I’m not planing a major career change, I’ve just remembered that there are so many other creative things I like to do or would like to explore. That at the end of the day I love creating and that I’m driven by curiosity. So I’m gonna start referring to myself as a multidisciplinary creative, as pretentious as it might possibly sound. Kreativ mångsysslare, it sounds so much better in Swedish! Let’s see if I still feel the same way next year.

Every year so far I’ve had time management on my list but from now on I’m gonna try to be more patient. That also requires forgiving myself when I don’t meet those insane self imposed deadlines. When you’re actually in charge isn’t it better to do things in a more natural pace and do them properly? To me the constant rushing now feels so unnecessary. I mean, I have a day job for that.

I’m slowly but surely learning to take better pictures and I’m also trying to get comfortable being infront of the camera. It’s definitely not my favourite thing but I want to show the garments that I’ve manage to finish in a different way than I’ve done so far. Hopefully I’ll get more comfortable the more I do it.

So the goal is to often try something new and to keep creating, learning and evolving. Speaking of learning, that colourful image above is my first GIF! It took much less time than I thought thanks to Teela Cunningham’s very help tutorial.

 


The Grand Adventure

Date : 30/06/2016
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The Grand Adventure

Ok, so I might be misusing that word, adventure. I didn’t do any extensive hiking, visit a remote village or anything like it, I was technically on a city vacation. Yet an adventure it was! It was one of those life altering, confidence boosting and really inspiring trips. Not only was it the first time I visited Japan but my first time in Asia. I spent most of my time wandering the streets of Tokyo observing everything that I saw with heightened curiosity. I took a lot of pictures and I’m gonna be sharing with you over the coming months but here’s a bit of a teaser.

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Green gold and serenity

Date : 27/04/2016
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Green gold and serenity

A while back a friend suggested we should go explore Nuuksio National Park. I jumped at the opportunity since I had never been there but also because I felt I was in need of some serious tech detox. It’s tricky staying away from the computer since I use it for both work and my own projects. I’m also one of those people who wants to do so many different things. However, if I have too much on my plate and get stressed about it I end up doing none of it, purely out of self preservation. Then of course I feel guilty for falling behind the schedule and try to pick up the pace. You can see what a vicious cycle this creates. I guess like everything important in life it’s a matter of finding the right balance. I now know I need to minimise the amount of screen time and be a bit more realistic when setting deadlines for myself. Walking around Nuuksio on this sunny day was exactly what I needed to calm my mind. The greenery, silence and fresh air really did wonders. Thanks again to Laura for taking me!

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2015/2016

Date : 02/01/2016
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2015/2016

2015 was an event full year in many ways. I turned 30! It was a birthday I feared might cause some sort of existential crisis but what I found motivation. I decided to stop putting off things I want to do, ’cause if not now, then when? I guess it was me finally realising that with some things there’s never really “a perfect moment” so waiting for thos moments is a waste of time. For me, the thing was travelling. It’s what’s always on the top of all my new year’s resolutions and what I in 2015 vowed to do something about. So I decided to treat every trip like an adventure, even if it was the antiques market an hour from where I live.  Sometimes it was only for a day or a weekend but I still found something to marvel about. I also rediscovered the perks of travelling alone. It’s not worse or better than travelling with friends or family,  it’s just different. Like walking through museums and shops at your own pace? Awesome! Dining alone in crowded restaurant? I’m working on it!

What are my goals for 2016? Definitely more travel and stepping out of my comfort zone but also better time management so I have more time for my creative projects. I also want to really challenge that inner voice that’s always doubting and makes me opt out of possible opportunities. So 2016 will basically be about getting things done!
So here’s my 2015 in  travel pictures! May 2016 be even more adventurous!

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The year started with my first ever trip  to Tallin. An awesome birthday present from my friends.

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During easter my youngest brother and I went to explore the cool city of Berlin. It’s a place that has a lot to offer so I’m definitely going back again in the future.

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During a weekend in July I went to Stockholm for mini solo trip. It was a much needed break.

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In November I went to Lund to visit my brother. I’ve already warned him that I’ll be back for another visit.

On my way to Lund I passed through Copenhagen. Definitely one of my favourite cities.

In December I went to Scotland with Kea of Deep Red Blues. It was an mazing trip in so many ways and much of it is thanks to Kea’s excellent travel planning. I have a gazillion of images that i’ll be sharing with you in the coming months, stay tuned!


Inspired by Murphy

Date : 26/11/2015
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Inspired by Murphy

Christmas is around the corner but I’m already thinking about next year’s Flow festival. How’s that for getting ahead of oneself?! The first world dilemma at hand is whether  to get the early bird ticket or not. I mean no artists have been announced yet, not that it’s stopped me before.
That got me thinking that I never published the images from this year’s festival. I went on holiday soon after and didn’t think about the images I had taken until a month after. But by then I was still going through travel memories from July. Yes, I really need to develop a better work process.
Now, back to the festival. I saw a lot of marvellous performances but only one got me thinking about a possible career direction.

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The minute Róisín Murphy stepped on to the stage in her granny outfit, I knew this was going to be a performance I was not going to forget in long time.

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Murphy switched from one quirky outfit to another while singing effortlessly (her voice sounds even better live)  and showing off some creative dance moves. I’m very curious what those hairy pants are made of!

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As the costumes got wilder I started thinking how fun it would be to design stage costumes for artists. Unlike film and tv costumes that  have to be historically accurate, costumes for artists can be as crazy and random as they like.

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This original lady truly knows what she’s doing. So thank you Róisín for the music and the career inspiration!


The healing colours of summer

I can’t believe it’s already November and Christmas lights are starting to appear. I was just getting used to the warm autumn and the colourful leaves. Now that they’re all gone I don’t want to think about winter quit yet. Instead I’m looking for colour and light wherever I can find it. Today I found it in form of pictures of colourful summer blooms. See it as early anti darkness therapy!

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