The joy of learning new things

Category : Works
Date : 30/01/2019
The joy of learning new things

I love learning new things, especially new ways to create. My curiosity and my love of learning are things I hope I will never loose sight of, no matter how old I get.

Last spring I got to try something I’ve been curious about for a while, jacquard weaving. Even though I struggled with understanding some the technical aspects of this method, it was still a lot of fun experimenting with different structures and yarns. I’m so happy that I can now design my own fabrics for a collection if I wanted to. Finding a weaving mill that would be willing to weave those designs however, is very difficult.

The images below are from my collection The Voyager’s Mementos. It was inspired by a a nomad traveling the world and all the marvelous sights and cultures they encounter. You can find more images of the collection under Works.


I’m wearing lab coats now

Category : Style
Date : 17/01/2019
I’m wearing lab coats now

Ok, it’s one lab coat.

I’m always looking for a specific garment when I go to second hand stores but lately I’ve been increasingly trying out those odd garments that are never on my list. It’s part of my “embrace my weirdness” part of self acceptance but also because when I usually go in looking for coats, I end up finding skirts. The best finds usually happen when I’m looking for something else.

Last fall I did a little tour of the vintage and second hand stores in Kallio I had meaning to visit for a while. I was mostly looking for cardigans and bags but also just checking out the offering in the area. In one of the stores I picked up this lab coat. It was one of those “if it fits, I’m buying it” moments. I was surprised I picked it out because I only own one white garment and I’ve never worn it (it was a gift and has sentimental value). But I remember feeling excited when I walked home and giggling at the idea that I would soon be walking around Helsinki wearing a painted lab coat.

In the end I sprayed the coat instead of painting it, just felt more fun. At first I was gonna go with green but the shade I got when I mixed the dyes I had was too olivey for this purpose, so I went with yellow. So there you have it, yet another oddball garment added to my increasingly random collection of clothes that is my wardrobe.

By the way if anyone has any tips for household lamps that can be used for photography, let me know. Daylight is ideal but not always available or reliable.

 


2019 – The year of Action

2019 has gotten off to a rocky start but I’m determined not to let all these difficulties and insecurities crush me. Last year I didn’t make traditional new year’s resolutions, instead I choose to focus on gratitude. To have it be a guiding theme for the year. Practicing gratitude is not easy, especially in this fast paced world we live in and for a overthinking individual like myself. It’s something I’m going to have to keep working on because I honestly believe it’s the key to having a more positive outlook on life.
In 2019 my guiding theme is going to be ACTION! Not as in watch a new action movies every week but as in get shit done! I had a bit of an aha moment last fall when I realised that the self discipline I’ve been telling myself I need in order to start certain projects is not going to fall from the sky. I either have to start having self discipline or keep writing long list of things that never get done. So I looked into this mysterious thing called self discipline and it turns out it all comes down to habits and being consistent with those habits, at least according to some. Habits sound much more down to earth and doable than self discipline. Creating new habits is challenging but I believe I now have a good starting point.
My year of action means finishing projects that have been collecting dust and starting new scary projects I’ve wanted to do in a while. It means rethinking how how I choose projects, how I write to-do lists and how I use my time. It also means standing up for what I believe in, even when it’s uncomfortable and even scary. What are your themes or resolutions for 2019?



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