Eija Koski lives on a farm near Vaasa where she selects and hand cuts her own organic rye straws to make traditional Nordic mobiles called himmelis. She first became fascinated with the geometrical and architectural mobiles as a child, staring at the himmeli slowly swaying with the draft while the adults were talking at family gatherings. Twenty years later, she started making her own himmelis and is now a full-time artist. 

Koski has shown her work in innumerable exhibitions and has published several books on himmelis. She also travels the world to teach others, and believes that the enthusiasm for himmelis is part of the slow movement, as young city-dwellers turn to artisanal handicrafts to reconnect with their heritage.

Luodolta by Eija Koski, photo by Katja Hagelstam