Here are some pictures from our Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice -exhibition during Helsinki Design Week 5-15.9.2019. The exhibition showcased glass art, prints and interior mirrors by four Aalto University graduates : Sarianna Niskala, Lotta Maija, Ella Varvio and Orcum Erdem. Many thanks to visitors, St. George Bakery and designer dream team!

Photos: St. George Hotel / Camilla Bloom

Upper shelve Orcum Erdem’s glass art and lower Ella Varvio’s Nemeton-vases. Photo: St. George Hotel / Camilla Bloom
Sarianna Niskala’s mirrors and Lotta Maija’s prints. Photo: St. George Hotel / Camilla Bloom
Photo: St. George Hotel / Camilla Bloom
Ella Varvio’s Nemeton-vases at St George Bakery, Helsinki. Photo: St. George Hotel / Camilla Bloom
Photo: St. George Hotel / Camilla Bloom

Helsinki Design Week is just around the corner!¬†ūüć≠ūüćį‚ú®Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice – designer’s pop-up exhibition will be at St.George Hotel’s Bakery 5-15th of September. You’re warmly welcome to see fresh fun products, artworks and prints from four design talents : Sarianna Niskala, Lotta Maija, Ella Varvio and Orcum Erdem.

The name and theme of the exhibition is inspired by the style and character of the groups designers Sarianna Niskala, Lotta Maija, Ella Varvio and Orcum Erdem, who all always add something sweet, cute and sparkly into their works and designs. The exhibition showcases interior mirrors, prints and glass art by the young designers.

The exhibition is part of the official program of Helsinki Design Week 2019 and is open to the public during the Bakery’s opening hours.

Thanks for the holidays and some rest I have finally had enough time to edit my videos from 2017. So here you are, enjoy!

It might be topical that I might update my site soon, so have a look in older post – because they might disappear soon… All in all, many thanks 2017!

Welcome to see Galleria Rajatila’s exhibition at Designtori, Tampere this Sunday. Proud to be part of the exhibition with my glass artworks. See you at Tullikamari 11am-6pm!

Memento Mori, Carpe Diem -unique graal glass, made in Riihimäki, Finland with glassblower Kari Alakoski 2017

Nemeton– glass art exhibition ended last week in Helsinki, time to take a deep breath before new challenges! Here’s a short video from the glass studio: making of Queen of Vipers -unique Graal glass piece. Glassblowers Kari Alakoski and Marja Hepo-aho are sculpting my design at their studio in Riihim√§ki. Video by Ammi Lahtinen/Galleria Mafka&Alakoski.

My most sincere thanks to all support for this exhibition project: many thanks to Galleria Mafka&Alakoski for the opportunity to have a solo exhibition in Helsinki, lots of thanks to glassblowers Marja and Kari, carpenters, suppliers, national railroads, parents for lending me the car… and for Arts Promotion Centre Finland for supporting the making of the glass artworks…

And many thanks for all who visited the exhibition! Hope to see you in other exhibitions and venues – for example on 7.5. I’ll be attending Designtori, Tampere with Rajataide -organization of Tampere based artists.

The namesake of the exhibition: Nemeton-vase. Photo: Ammi Lahtinen
When it was all on the level of sketches… Photo: Ammi Lahtinen
Long long hours also in the cold workshop…
And the Ready piece! Queen of Vipers. Photo Iiro Immonen
The making of the new glass artworks was supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland

 

Nemeton glass art exhibition is running still until 13.4., so remember to pop in at Galleria Mafka&Alakoski before the Easter holidays! Mythical forest made of glass reveals itself in several unique pieces and also as small series product: Nemeton-vase. The signature item of the exhibition is made of mouth blown glass with prints of different trees. The idea was to create beautiful home decor item that in multiple pieces forms up an illusion of a forest.

Nemeton-vases, photos: Iiro Immonen

Galleria Mafka&Alakoski is located in Helsinki city centre, Iso Roobertinkatu 19. It is part of Design District Helsinki – cluster of design, antique and fashion stores, galleries and museums. During Design District Eve 6.4. gallery will be hosting Meet-the-artist-evening until 9pm. You’re more than welcome to pop by, see the artworks, videos from glass studio and hear about the story behind Nemeton, mythical glass forest.

Little Viper, unique piece 2017, Photo: Iiro Immonen

Concentrating in tiny details, photo by Ammi Lahtinen
“Let it bloom” sketch for a glass artwork, Ella Varvio 2016

I have been practicing a steady hand lately! I am producing a set of artworks inspired by nature – quite obvious for a Finn, but anyway. ¬†Some of these pieces are pure admiration of the beauty of trees, wild flowers, animals of the forest – some show the imaginative and much darker forest… It is very much work in process – even I myself am looking forward the final outcomes. These artworks will be on show at my solo exhibition at Galleria Mafka&Alakoski, Helsinki.

Here’s some of this years events, all in Finland / 2017 N√§yttelyt

  • Solo exhibition, Galleria Mafka&Alakoski, 16.3.-13.4.2017
  • Syysn√§yttely, Voipaalan taidekeskus 13.9.-15.11.2017
Wintery view in Riihimäki, on my way from train station to glass studio

Holidays are over, but here are some samples of drawings I’ve made recently with felt-tip markers – presumably for children. But who doesn’t like bright colours? These drawings were inspired by Tulip mania – people going mad in buying tulip bulbs in 17th century Netherlands. Can a flower with vivid colours be so precious that you’ll spend your fortune on them?

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So, with fresh thoughts and ideas to the challenges of 2017! I’ll have at least two exhibitions to prepare for here in Finland (Galleria Mafka&Alakoski, Helsinki in March and group exhibition at Voipaala art center in September). I was also really glad to receive a letter all the way from Corning Museum of Glass: one of my artwork will be presented in New Glass Review 38. The Review will be published later this year – looking forward to see the assembly of¬†new glass art it will present.

So, with fresh thoughts and ideas to the 2017.

 

It’s probably no surprise that I draw constantly and I possess several sketchbooks. I process thoughts by drawing, and not all of my drawings are ambitious or finished. Now that I’m planning art pieces for next year’s exhibitions, so I decided to have a look into my sketchbooks, so here are some samplings!

I apologize the ungraceful copyright texts, but I have encountered a company selling my pics as prints without my permission… So these drawings are here for you to look, comment, get inspired, share on-line or to ask my services as an illustrator -not to print and use commercially.

The first drawing Kuolemankukka¬†has to do with human’s and nature’s relationship and way we poison our surroundings and ourselves. The second drawing was inspired by The Rite of Spring -the ballet, where dancers make expressive mad jumps. The third drawing can be titled as Housewarming party and the last¬†drawing… well it’s just about the great feeling of ¬†Disbelief.