Kit Simonsson at Utopia – Lille3000

19.5.2022

Utopia, the sixth themed edition of Lille3000, takes place between 14 May and 2 October 2022. The programmation includes over 500 events and 35 exhibitions as well as other events such as installations, conferences, and performances in the city of Lille, its surroundings and the Hauts-de-France region. The events season starts with a psychedelic-tropical opening …

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Interview – Melissa Sammalvaara

5.5.2022

Helsinki-based textile artist Melissa Sammalvaara’s works are modern takes on ryijy, a traditional Finnish woven tapestry. Her latest work Tuohi (Finnish for ‘Birch bark’) was commissioned by Institut finlandais as part of the exhibition Écoutons la forêt pousser, currently on display at the institute.  During the setting up of the exhibition, we had the chance …

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Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen

2.5.2022

Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen is Finnish multidisciplinary artist, designer, and researcher. She started out as a photographer, specialising in autoportraits and polaroids, later moving to France to work in the field of fashion and nourish her aesthetics through the decadence of the Parisian rock scene, French countryside antiques markets and Saint Laurent. A decade later, she returned …

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Eva Spoof

2.5.2022

Eva Spoof is a wild clay ceramicist who makes small-scale series at Udumbara, her Helsinki pottery studio. During her youth in Massachusetts, USA, Spoof got acquainted with the Shaker movement, and inspired by its minimalist style, she started to make simple and functional stoneware pottery in 1994. After attending the Somero II International Ceramic seminar …

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Leena Kouhia

2.5.2022

Leena Kouhia is a Finnish ceramic artist whose long career includes working as a visual designer in the media and film industries. Kouhia is an open-minded designer and artist known for walking her own path. In her hands, clay transforms into ceramic art and functional objects. One of her most famous works, her Raaka Rå …

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Linda Laitinen

2.5.2022

Linda Laitinen is a self-taught woodcarver who designs wooden kitchenware and interior products from Finnish wood at her workshop in Espoo. She draws inspiration from the Nordic forest, her favourite place to go for walks. She believes there is no greater power than nature and sees her creations as connectors to the forest and nature …

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Nathalie Lautenbacher

2.5.2022

Nathalie Lautenbacher is a Franco-Finnish ceramist who has been creating tableware collections renowned for their delicate colour, subtle form and strong personal touch since 1999. Her signature Kahvi series consists in timeless, locally handcrafted, small-scale produced pieces. In recent years, Lautenbacher has collaborated with designer Naoto Niidome, creating large pots, wall art and ceramic installations …

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Maija Puoskari

2.5.2022

Maija Puoskari is a designer who mainly works with lighting, interior design and tableware projects in her own studio in Kallio, Helsinki. Before specialising in product design, glass and ceramics, she trained as a florist. Today, nature remains Puoskari’s unending source of inspiration and she likes to spend her free time in the woods looking …

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Renata Jakowleff

2.5.2022

Renata Jakowleff is a Helsinki-based glass artist. Her works are at the crossroads of artisanship and art and she is renowned for her experimental, groundbreaking techniques as well as her ability to challenge her process continually. Jakowleff sees glass as a versatile material that offers infinite possibilities to the eye when paired with light. Therefore, …

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Saija Halko

2.5.2022

Saija Halko is a Helsinki-based ceramist and designer working in her studio on small scale production of ceramics. Her practice is based on a deep knowledge of material, hands-on methods and a slowness and silence she tries to convey in her pieces. In her work, Halko explores the importance of everyday objects in our lives …

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Yoshimasa Yamada

2.5.2022

Yoshimasa Yamada is a Japanese woodworker and architect based in Billnäs and Fiskars, Finland. He manages UUP, his own company located in the old water power plant in Fiskars. Inspired by his everyday work in the workshop and traditional carpentry, Yoshimasa Yamada designs utensils, furniture and buildings. Having graduated with a Master’s degree in architecture …

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Antrei Hartikainen

29.4.2022

Antrei Hartikainen is a master cabinet maker and designer known for his exquisite, award-winning works in wood. Renowned for their sensuality, elegance and craftsmanship Hartikainen’s products and artworks are among the finest examples of modern Nordic carpentry. Hartikainen constantly seeks to challenge and blur the traditional categorisationsbetween functional objects and visual arts. His sculptural approach …

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Melissa Sammalvaara

29.4.2022

Melissa Sammalvaara is a Helsinki-based artist and designer who loves adventures and working next to a campfire. She creates woven ryijy textiles inspired by mosses and other things in nature, exploring the concepts of space and today’s human-nature relationship with a wide range of materials, techniques and textures. Developing new ryijy weaving styles and combining …

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