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 Näyttelyt
Solo exhibition, Galleria Mafka&Alakoski, 16.3.-13.4.2017
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?
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.
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.
An intensive week as artist-in-residence at International Glass Studio, Bárdudvarnok (Nemzetközi Üveg Alkotótelep) is over! I spent the week in Hungarian countryside creating art at the studio in small village of Bárdibükk. I definitely got new ideas to bring home. Here below some of the new pieces: Jonathan Swift’s Horse and Stressed out, made with glassblower James Carcass.
Thank you Frankfurt and Tendence fair 2016! It was a good learning experience to present art in big design fair context and I was pleased to have future contacts, positive feedback and interesting talks with the fair visitors.
Here’s a picture gallery of the works I had on display:
Gloomy mermaid & Deer in Distress
Two faces of a drowned man
Deer in Distress
Sinking girl 2012
Inquiries about the designs: ella.varvio(at)gmail.com
Next destination: Frankfurt am Main, Germany! I’ll be presenting story-driven ceramic and glass design, all handmade in Finland! Welcome to see how mermaids, ghosts and fairy tales dive into the buzzing international fair center in sleek Frankfurt!
My stand can be found within Talents-exhibition in hall 9.0. The fair is open 27-29.8. 9am-6pm, on 30.8. 9am-5pm.
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I have been casting these ghostly mugs for Talents – exhibition at Tendence fair 27-30.8.2016 in Messe Frankfurt. So see you then, at Hall no. 9.0.!
As I decided to show stoneware besides glass at the fair, I’ve been casting clay, waiting it to dry, and making finishing touches in a lovely studio here in Tampere. Feels almost therapeutic making ceramics for change, you can not be too hasty with clay…
Some of the Firebird themed artworks have flown to Maila Talvio -salong in Hartola, central Finland. The summer exhibition opens on 8th of June, and the assembly presents paintings, sculpture -and glass- from several artists.
Summer exhibition at Maila Talvio – salong 9.6.-21.8.2016
Koskipääntie 4, 19600 Hartola
Open Tue-Fri 11-18, Sat-Sun
Meanwhile there’s some pretty hot stuff to be seen at Nuutajärvi, as Peep show – other realities – summer exhibition is also running. Next week I’ll be having too much fun and excitement as I’m traveling to Corning N.Y. and Glass Art Society’s annual conference. Sure to be inspired!
Tulintu teoksia on lennähtänyt Hartolaan, sillä ensi viikolla 8.6. aukeaa Maila Talvio -salongin taiteen kesänäyttely. Useamman taiteilijan kattauksessa on nähtävillä maalauksia, veistoksia -ja lasia.
Nuutajärven kesänäyttely rullaa myös elokuulle asti, joten tässä kesä-Suomen matkaajille käyntikohteita. Mutta oikeasti nyt jänskättää Ameriikan matka, pian on nimittäin Corningissa, Yhdysvalloissa lasitaiteen suur-tapahtuma Glass Art Societyn konferenssi. Sinne on tarkoitus mennä ihmettelemään ja inspitoitumaan.
The best way to start the new year is by getting fresh photos of last years artworks! These pieces, The Encounter, Hanging Tree and Let’s hide in the woods, play with the idea that a handcrafted glass piece projects surreal visions on the falls. Thanks to photographer Iiro Immonen, the scenes of light and darkness were captured in photos.
Tulintu -Comic Art in Glass is a joint project with Sini Majuri. The pieces were exhibited at Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015 and in September the set will be presented at the Finnish Glass Museum. Photos: Heidi-Hanna Karhu