In 2018 Milla Vaahtera showed her sculptures at Helsinki’s Design Museum’s Open Call. Since then she’s had 12 exhibitions in seven countries. ”And I made a baby,” she laughs and continues, ”I was supposed to be on maternity leave. My phone started ringing, and agents started dropping by my home to buy my works. I’m still quite confused about it. What’s happening?”

The Golden Age of Finnish art is seen through a fashion designer’s eye in Carolina Forss’s MA thesis for Aalto University. Forss will present her collection, inspired by especially Helene Schjerfbeck, in the main stairwell of the Ateneum Art Museum’s building on Finland’s Independence Day, 6th of December. Around Journal had the chance to interview Forss before the event.

Walking into the room exhibiting Bi feels like interrupting a play, although you cannot just sit and passively watch. The entire work is on two screens back to back, and the idea opens up as you watch the beautiful set on the front screen, listening to the rhythm of the voices, whose identities are shown more clearly in the more raw footage on the other side.

Today there is the spacious gallery around us and the completed works are up on the walls. He talks about empathy. How it’s about giving space. That when listening to a friend one doesn’t have to solve the problem. But answer emotions. “Have I mansplaned? Yes. Am I the kind of man I’d ideally would want to be? Not in every way,”Erno says and ponders how important it is to be heard. How it is important to be touched. And then clarifies, ”This is not about sexuality, but about friendship.”

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…)

Around Journal presents a portrait project by photographer Outi Törmälä about women who don’t like the way they look. The aim of the project was to encourage discussion of this phenomenon that touches so many women but is at the same time nearly invisible. In the era of social media, both one’s appearance and photos have become ever more important. It invokes pressure and increasing dissatisfaction. (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…)

The typical gender rules that the society has set for us cause insecurity. However, life isn’t worth pretending to be someone else. Therefore people must show their real selves without shame in spite of other people’s prejudice or judgement. Identity Crisis is an outcome of a collaboration between several study lines, including photography and clothing design at the Institute of Design. As part of the project the students have designed and technically implemented the zero waste plan in two of the ensembles photographed in the editorial. (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…)