Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Never-never land






vintage photo, vintage book pages, freshwater pearls, silk thread, perforated paper, paper, board, twine, glue

16,4x14,6x3,5cm  /  6.5"x5.7"x1.4"


it began like this: 

And one of my new projects looks currently like this:


 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Lovers waiting





vintage photo, vintage letters and ephemera, vintage text, handmade paper, vintage grid paper, board, twine, glue

10,9x13,1x0,8cm  /  4.3"x5.2"x0.3"



(Secretly dreaming of any kind of grass)

Monday, 16 February 2015

b&w






vintage photo, self-made paper, handmade papers, freshwater pearls, silk thread, paper, board, twine, glue

16x15x1,5cm  /  6.3"x5.9"x0.6"

The starkness of white here suits the cold winter weather we had today. I'm ready for the Föhn wind to return later this week and bring some warmer days. The little sunshine we've had has been something quite amazing regardless of the temperature. I'm sort of taking a breather after working so hard on the exhibition and my poetry book, but the sunlight sneakily encourages me to tackle new projects while it lasts. Luckily spring is unavoidable and there will be (even more) light even if I don't go ruining my wrists with a frantic book block folding session right away. Once I'm done rearranging my workspace (awesome new shelves and a new storage system for materials), I'm definitely making new books for the shop, which quite desperately needs sprucing up.

I've given a couple interviews re: the exhibition, and it's been great to be forced to verbalize my reasoning, and taste, in general. No massive realizations, more like moments of self-affirmation. I love black and white photos especially. I love how many shades of black and white there are (this piece shown above has much whiter white than my usual whites, the black is quite gray but so are most of my blacks, the photo itself is only a bit off-white and its gray is a very plain gray with no special features). I love snapshots with action more than stern portraits, but I also love photos of seemingly derelict places. I love taking things out of context as well as experiencing things out of context, hence I also love photos of complete strangers.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Opening night - part 2








In addition to the exhibition there was another big reason to celebrate: my hot-off-the-press book of poetry with dear friends to help me read some of it to our small crowd of friends and strangers. Mikado isn't a collection of separate poems but a somewhat fragmented mass of observations and bits, a collection of lines gathered over the span of eight years. Most good collections (whatever they consist of!) need plenty of time to accumulate (currently working on my button collection, again), but I do hope the next book is a bit quicker to take shape. A vague idea hovers over me, nothing definitive yet.

Also: salted caramel meringues in origami containers with snippets of poetry + sriracha popcorn in brown paper bags + punch with bilberries and lingonberries + a very Twin Peaks backdrop


Thursday, 5 February 2015

Opening night - part 1









Some more photos taken on the opening night. Everything in these photos seems to hang more wonky than they really do, but I've already decided to embrace wonky since these are such lightweight pieces it's impossible to have them hang perfectly straight and still, at least with the hanging options available. Wonky also goes with the athmosphere here. Wonky most certainly does not go with my general perfectionism, though, but one has to grow as a person every once in a while, and we had a pretty tight schedule hanging these. Some red dots on the walls already on the opening night, and some more have been added since. Yay!

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The book chandelier





The exhibition opening/poetry book launch party was really lovely and I had so much fun once my nerves settled down. Some 650 photos were taken during the evening, which was first narrowed down to 399, then 226, so it's safe to say I've still got a lot of work ahead of me deciding which ones to share with you. I can already promise several posts about the event later this week and a steady flow of new-to-you mixed media pieces later in February. What's still unsold come March will be listed on Etsy during the spring months.

Tonight I'm showing you how my paper chandelier turned out. Pretty fabulous, right? It looks perfectly at home in its new home (so, yes, it's going to keep on looking fabulous at my favourite bar in the future, too). It's made out of 6000+ one inch paper circles (darling V punched out like 95% of them to save my poor wrists, which are, by the way, doing much better already), wooden hoops, twine and thread. To give you a better idea of the scale, the bottom hoop has a 58,5cm / 23" diameter. The paper used is, unsurprisingly, vintage book pages, from the first half of 20th century. There are two shades of paper used here (can't really see it in the photos, though): the lighter coloured pages are from a western, while the darker pages are from a book that reads like a romance novel that has replaced the steamy romance bits with religious fervour. I read neither thoroughly before destroying them, but I feel no guilt since it looked like they had been untouched since 1940's, or longer, and they bore no significant cultural value. I really am quite picky about the things I ruin (=turn into something much more awesome). If you're about to make some artsy stuff from old books, google the titles first, for heaven's sake! I've seen some things I'd like to unsee...



If you happen to find yourself in Jyväskylä in February, don't forget my Historioita (Histories) exhibition is open daily (mon-sat 14-02, sun 18-02) at Bar Vakiopaine!


Photos by Minna & Kyösti Vilkuna

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Hands that worked work no more

A quick hello from -16°C! The weather is getting warmer again; those -23°C (and colder) days were a bit rough on my poor lungs. (This wool hood is the best thing for this sort of weather; it was made by my mother some time before she made me.)

The blog has been quiet lately, because being busy with these...




...lead to this (and the same thing with the other wrist that's holding the camera)...


...luckily I've got good splints, a super cute cold pack (and another one, too - an awesome helper fox) and appropriate medication. Tenosynovitis is a frequent visitor, but rarely has it timing this bad. I've got a week to go before the exhibition opens and there's still a lot to do. Fortunately, the paper chandelier is done (see it hanging above my sad, sad hand!) - I'll share better photos of it once it's hung in its planned environment and lit up. I'm afraid the next update will most likely have to wait until February anyway, as I'm trying to avoid all extra work that strains my wrists so can focus on finishing the exhibition without crying, and I have a feeling that might be a bit of a last-minute thing with these hands. But I can promise several lovely posts in near future: new work and some other paper treasures!

Friday, 9 January 2015

A triptych WIP


Yesterday was the first day after Christmas I felt I actually achieved something. After catching a traditional Christmas cold I've only dabbled with the paper chandelier and spent way too much time in bed, until yesterday I managed to finish two mixed media pieces to accompany Found inklings in the exhibition (which is approaching at a terrifying speed). In the above photo the one on the right is done, the one on the left is still at an early stage.

My poetry book is due at the printer's on Monday. That, too, is terrifying, but absolutely awesome.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

25


Click photo to enlarge.


Merry Christmas everyone! 
Thanks for following my advent calendar!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

24






vintage photo, cut up vintage text, vintage organza, freshwater pearls, thread, various papers, board, glue, twine


It was enough for her that she remembered.