Ever since I got my Japanese kokeshi doll in 2015, I have been fascinated by its warm wooden material, the shape and the unique style of painting. As an admirer of Japanese kokeshi I became fascinated about idea of creating a modern, Finnish version of the doll.
I decided make two dolls, that I designed to be displayed together as a pair. Although my painting style differs greatly from the original kokeshi I hoped to paint expressions that could be also described as “demure, innocent looking and cute” –just like when talking about the expressions of original kokeshi dolls. For the colors I wanted to choose something playful, bright and fresh. I was inspired by Finnish brands that use lots of bold colors, such as Marimekko.
Her Mysterious Business
As my graduation project in the Bachelor's program of Visual Communication I designed a series of three illustrative patterns. The patterns I created were digitally printed on cotton sateen, and sewn into decorative pillows.
My goal was to design quirky and cute textile products that would appeal to my main target group: women who love and live their own kitschy, colourful and cute lifestyle.
Telling a story had an important role in my project and all the patterns I designed have background stories that also tie them together. I came up with naivistic short rhymes about each of the background stories and together with the pattern titles they give the viewer a hint about the stories of the patterns without revealing too much.
Series of illustrations created in collaboration with Johannes Kaarakainen for Ylioppilaslehti magazine.
The idea was to let the viewer recognise the topics behind the images mainly through the visual aids so the textual parts were usually only one or two sentences long.
How Americans Spent Money in 2012
A visualisation of information that would be playful and nice to look at as contrast for some plain and simplified statistic that are commonly used. Since young age II have been fascinated by miniature props and recently I had been interested in colorful and kitschy aesthetics and as I combined these two the result was a three dimensional flat lay-style collage of “How Amercans Spent Money in 2012”.
The props used in the illustration were found from fleamarkets, charity shops, from my own archives or crafted for the illustrations.
The animal calendar 2014 was a collaboration project with Johannes Kaarakainen including illustrations of Finnish animals.
I was in charge of illustrations while Johannes took care of typography and main layout. The calendars were printed and bound by ourselves and sold at Christmas Fair of Lahti Institute of Design and Lahti University of Design and Arts` pop-up store in late 2013 and 2014.
Illustrations for HS
Between the years 2009–2014 I drew more than fifty illustrations for Helsingin Sanomat newspaper´s Nuorten Posti, which was a column where young people could write freely about things concerning them.
During those five years l had a chance to draw illustrations diversely about wide range of subjects like bullying, confidence, loneliness, sports, school food, summer jobs and many other things that came up in texts sent to the newspaper by its young readers.