A reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection. Today Pantone revealed the Color of the Year 2020: Classic Blue 19-4052. We have also chosen this for our color of the month here on Around. As technology continues to race ahead of the human ability to process it all, it is easy to understand why we gravitate to colors that are honest and offer the promise of protection.

History in Fashion

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…)

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…)