Just scrolling through the news on your phone is not enough. Images may contain some feeling about the issues important today, but there is a sensual barrier that is not crossed. Developing a passion about environmental issues needs a fuller response. This is only one of the reasons that the work of Ville Raasakka is so important. (Continues…)

The world is hungry for cruelty-free design.

This part of the Material Age series focuses on some recent innovations and possible alternatives to leather. We feature materials made from fruit, mushrooms and even leather grown in the laboratory. (Continues…)

”A limited amount of money. To make a collection a clever student doesn’t need much of it. The fabrics have been collected over years. Everything is utilized for the garments. Cutting waste and hoods. Some students have even had their time on a cost-cutting program in order to implement flamboyant collections for the show.” Fashion designer Sofia Järnefelt leads us through the exciting process behind the annual fashion show of BA and MA students of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. (Continues…)

Visual artist Elina Autio works in between painting, sculpting, and installations. Her series of three reliefs, in which she has assembled the surfaces of wooden, painted angle fillets, is on display at the Young Artists exhibition in Kunsthalle Helsinki. Autio has studied in the University of Arts Helsinki and the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. In 2018 the Finnish Art Society awarded Autio with the annually given Ducat Prize. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest art award in Finland. (Continues…)

Raimo Saarinen is a visual artist and sculptor based in Helsinki. He graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2017. In his art, Saarinen deals with the Western concept of nature, and its problematic view of humans acting as separate individuals towards nature. Nature’s temporality and ability to regenerate are the core motifs of his art, where he uses living plants and other organic materials. (Continues…)

Aro Mielonen is an activist come art student, a fashion and secondhand shopping enthusiast, job refuser, anarchist and wonderer. Mielonen’s photo series Born into this body is now on display at the Young Artists exhibition in Kunsthalle Helsinki. The main idea behind the artwork is to criticize the trans narrative in mainstream media and the often used phrase “born in the wrong body”. Ultimately what motivates Mielonen’s creative work, is the need and search for freedom. (Continues…)

The works of the Helsinki-based artist Kristina Sedlerova are staged set pieces, slowly revealed with time. They speak of absence, presence and existence. As the artist herself says, “Time as a concept is intriguing to me. The approaches to measuring time or having a shortage of time are topics I speculate about. I think that we can’t even talk about ‘not having time’ to do this or that, because we can’t deny the existence of time.” (Continues…)

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Young Artists exhibition, which had its debut at Kunsthalle Helsinki in 1939. The significance of art has by no means decreased over the years; on the contrary, different genres of art are finding new audiences through digital platforms and social media. Around Journal presents a series of interviews of some of the artists exhibited at Kunstahalle, starting with visual artist Astrid Strömberg and her work The Originals. (Continues…)

Designer Tero Kuitunen is inspired by the interface of design and art, the unprejudiced apposition of things, floating sceneries, and the meaning of humor and touch in design. Alongside product design, Tero is known for concept and space planning as well as memorable projects of contemporary art and design. (Continues…)

Finnish artist and designer Kustaa Saksi is famous for his graphic storytelling through patterns, textile art and installations. Saksi’s works have been exhibited at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cooper Hewitt Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art, just to mention a few, as well as in many galleries around the world. Saksi has also produced commissioned artworks for companies such as Nike, Issey Miyake and Marimekko. Around Journal interviewed Saksi on his latest exhibition First Symptoms at the Finlandsinstitutes Galleri in Stockholm.