meet the illustrator: Pihla Laine

Writer: Emma Ranne
Picture: Emma Ranne

an interview with Pihla Laine - Inlace Helsinki

Every month we're introducing you to the girl behind the month's horoscope drawing in our calendar. Today it's time for us to introduce you to our gorgeous friend Pihla Laine.

Hi Pihla! Can you maybe tell us a little about yourself and what you like to do?

So yeah my name is Pihla, I’m from Helsinki and I’m about to turn 22 next week. I love food and cooking and anything relating to it like discovering new cool cafes and restaurants around town. I also really enjoy reading, watching movies and all that cozy kind of stuff. Oh and artsy stuff! Like going to interesting exhibitions and events. Traveling is something I’d love to do more! But right now it’s more like me just dreaming about it...

’’Oh yeah! If you could go anywhere right now where would you go?’’

Oh gosh... Definitely somewhere I haven’t been before. Maybe to a place outside of Europe like Australia or New Zealand. I have wanted to go there for so long!


What is your relationship to drawing? 

I have always drawn. My mum is quite an artsy person, and so I’ve been growing up in an atmosphere where me and my sister have been encouraged to draw and paint when we were kids. I’ve always had quite a wild imagination and I feel like drawing is a way for me to express that world inside of my mind.

Nowadays I don’t draw that often though, because well you know, I tend to be too busy to find time for it. But I wish I could, and actually I will start doing it more often again!


Our calendar is all about growth. How did you grow as a person last year?

I think last year was THE year of growing for me. I don’t think I’ve ever grown that much as a person in such a short period of time. I think I realized I really had to come to terms with myself and with a lot going on in my life I had to grow as a person to be ok with those changes. I finally really learned to accept that it’s  totally ok for life not to always be on that same safe track. It has its ups and downs and it’s all a part of the deal.

I also met a lot of new people which I’m really really really glad about and feel like bonding those new relationships also taught me a lot. So yeah meeting those new people and starting to come to terms with myself were really some sort of breaking points for me.


If you could give your 16 year old self some life advise, what would you tell her?

I think I would tell her to not care so much about what others think of you.  Yeah I know that’s such a cliche, but especially at sixteen I think it would be very important to be reminded of that a little more often. At 16 you’re kind of in that age where you start to get more independent and start to explore the adult world. Because so much is changing in your life you easily feel a little insecure and maybe even like other people are judging you. But then in the end it’s only you who’s judging you. I would just tell her  ’’ Go rock the world, just as you are.’’


What is a strength of yours?

I’d say I’m quite good with people. I feel empathy very easily, I’m a good listener and it’s easy for me to ’’read people’’. I think it’s quite a good skill, because it’s important to well you know get along with each other’s and learn to understand different people.


Tell us about something that has been inspiring you lately?

I just finished the book The Power of Now (by Eckhart Tolle), and I have to say it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever read (and she reads a lot). I would really recommend that book to anyone. Yeah I really think everybody should read it. 
Well I just honestly think it’s such an eye opening book. If you have any struggles with being in the present and tend to forget about the now you should really consider giving it a read. I know again such a cliche, but it’s so important for us to be reminded of how the life we live happens now. Not in the past or in the future but right here at this moment. 


Lastly but not leastly...What has been playing on your Spotify lately?

Well that would definitely be BROCKHAMPTON! (*both burst out in laughter* Me and Pihla have been ridiculously into this band lately) I don’t know what it is but their music just suits right about every situation from walking on the street to just you know chilling at home, washing some dishes. It just really boosts your mood.

Check out our horoscope inspired calendar for 2018 and Pihla's drawing for February here.