The last time I was in London was 8 years ago. I need to do something about that. It would be fun to take a ceramics class this summer. I'd like to weave with some unusual materials. Not long now. . .
Earlier this month I continued on the pouch making project and made some travel bags for shoes. I'm trying to use less plastic bags so these are a great solution. I used some leftover material from a coat I made a few years ago. It's a tightly woven polyester with a cool trompe l'oeil knit print.
For a while I've been trying to figure out a way to share my creations with my readers, other than posting them on the blog. Then it dawned on me that I could make desktop wallpaper that you can download! I easily get bored with mine and change them regularly.I haven't done this before so bare with me. Let me know if you have some improvement suggestions. If the feedback is positive, I might make this a regular thing. To download, click on the image and then save it on your computer.
As I've mentioned a couple of times I love colour! It's a part of my everyday life and crucial part of my creative process. Another thing about me is that i like to arrange and organise things. So you can understand how much fun it is for me to make colour palettes. I decided to start making colour palettes in advance when I noticed the amount of time I spend choosing colour for different projects. When I design textile prints, I draw most of my ideas with a black marker and then vectorise them on my computer. Though I've over the years found ways to save time with the vectorising, the colour picking usually takes too much time. So I thought I'd start making my own colour palette library, for fun and to save time. Do you have a system when choosing colours?
To be honest, I'm not much of an fashion illustrator. I don't have talent for drawing and I've never had the patience to practice. I occasionally make watercolour illustrations but that's for the really big projects, like my thesis. In my everyday life I usually draw quick technical drawings of the garments and then move on to making patterns. I was organising the folders on my computer the other day when I found some collages a made years ago. There was a period there in the mid noughties when I was really into making collages. I could sit for hours browsing through magazines, cutting and pasting. Though it would probably have been faster collaging in photoshop, I preferred doing it by hand. I found it quit meditative. I think that is a good reason to start collaging again. I'm going to see if I can find some magazines I'm willing to cut into pieces. I've put some of the collages on the website, under Works and Collage.
Ok, so I made a dressing gown. I guess you could call it a bathrobe or just a robe but dressing gown sounds better. It makes me feel I could possibly have something in common with Lady Mary Crawley. Last week I tried something I rarely do, make a piece of clothing without a pattern. The result, this kimono style dressing gown. The fabric is a gift from my mother, she occasionally gives me random pieces of fabric. She assumes that if it's colourful, I'll love it. Don't get me wrong, I really appreciate her generosity but I wasn't quit feelin' the colours of the floral print. Now that the garment is finished however, it seems to work. I've already decided that I'm going to make a shorter, narrower version and wear it as a jacket.
A week back I went on a gallery tour with a few friends. It's one of those things we all agree is fun but we always struggle to find time for it. A sudden sushi craving cut our tour short so we only visited a few galleries. While the art in the galleries varied, the spaces were quit similar. The norm is blank white spaces with a person sitting behind a large computer screen, but not at Lokal. This place surprised us with it's unusually cosy and homelike feel. Lokal is a concept store where art and design meets crafts, and there's cofee and cake as well! 72% Art 28% Coffee is the motto. The Exhibitions change every month and we were lucky to catch a glimpse of the Pink exhibition. As I write this a new exhibition is being build. Unen ääret (Edges of Dreams) by Mika Haaranen. Cool prints were projected on the Hakasalmi Villa. Unen ääret (Edges of Dreams) by Mika Haaranen. Cool prints were projected on the Hakasalmi Villa. Unen ääret (Edges of Dreams) by Mika Haaranen. Cool prints were projected on the Hakasalmi Villa. Unen ääret (Edges of Dreams) by Mika Haaranen. Cool prints were…
Walking around Warsaw's old town with good friends.
My list of D.I.Y. projects is endless, there's so many things I want to do but I have difficulty finding the time to make them. Yesterday I finally started on a smaller project I've wanted to do for a while, pouches made from left over fabric bits. Being a bit of a organisation freak, I always need ways to compartmentalize my things when I travel. The pouches I've been using are quit worn out, some of them I made in 8th grade! The cotton fabric is left overs from a few years back when I made skirt. I loved the feather print so much I couldn't throw away the scrap bits. I also found some linen bits in my stash of fabric bits and used it as lining. Now that I've gotten started, I think I'll make more pouches!
One thing that often annoys me is finding out about cultural events days after they've taken place. For years I've managed to miss the Lux Helsinki festival even though I see the ads weeks before. So this year I marked it in my calender and went on a quick tour on evening. Lux Helsinki is an urban festival of light that takes place during January, the darkest time of the year. The light installations are spread across the city centre and are lit during the night. Here are the installations I found interesting and managed to photograph. Unen ääret (Edges of Dreams) by Mika Haaranen. Cool prints were projected on the Hakasalmi Villa. The Helsinki Cathedral and a giant heart placed in front of it changed colours a numerous of times during the 5 minute installation. The Helsinki Cathedral and a giant heart placed in front of it changed colours a numerous of times during the 5 minute installation. The Helsinki Cathedral and a giant heart placed in front of it changed colours a numerous of times during the 5 minute installation. The Helsinki Cathedral and a giant heart placed in front of it changed colours a numerous of times…
I'm one of those people that makes New Year's resolutions. Nothing drastic or major, usually things like "attend more cultural events" or "read more books". For 2014 however, I'm going to focus on plans, because I have big plans for this website of mine. I started it because I was getting frustrated over full sketchbooks that were not resulting in anything. I'd sketch something down but never get around to developing the idea and finalizing it. Since I started the website, I've noticed I have a better creative flow since I'm being creatively challenged. In order to have something to write about, I have to create and do things! This year I plan to develop the concept and the blog start sharing my fashion D.I.Y. projects. I also intend on writing more about sustainable fashion, a never ending dilemma. It's a difficult and sometimes controversial subject but very close to my heart. One big challenge I've set for myself for 2014 is to improve my photographing skills. It's going to require a lot of patience on my part but luckily I have good friends who are great photographers and willing to help me out. So welcome 2014 and bring it…