emilia voltti - meet the illustrator
writer: emma ranne
picture: from emilia
May is around the corner (*like literally, it’s tomorrow*) so it’s about time for me to introduce you to this sparkling creative talent who happens to be our illustrator for April: let’s get to know Emilia Voltti!
Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
I’m Emilia and I’m originally from Northern Finland but my interest in art (and cheap beer) took me to Czech Republic and from there to Barcelona. Then love to a Spaniard took me to Switzerland where I’m currently living and working with graphic design. In my spare time I drink lots of coffee and watch Netflix.
We would love to hear the story behind the power woman in your illustration. Who is she and how does she inspire you?
I drew a French-American artist, Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002). I saw her works in an exhibition couple of years ago, and it had a huge impact on me. Her art is about feminism, politics, colours and crazy, playful shapes. I love it so much! Her courage to do things differently and to stand up for her believes inspire me. I keep running into her works where ever I go, and it always feels like meeting an old friend.
How did you get into drawing, what does it mean to you?
We used to draw stories with my sister when we were little. We used to do that for hours. Unfortunately, that habit didn’t last through my teen years, but I rediscovered drawing in my early twenties. It took me a while to find my own style. Nowadays, I use drawing as a way to express myself.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“ You can always come back home if things don’t work out”. This advice has given me the courage to move abroad and to try new things.
What would your dream job be like?
In my dream job I would: make my own schedules, get to work with inspiring people and interesting projects and maybe make the world a bit better place.
List 10 single things that make you happy:
staying at our summer cabin,
my favourite Spaniard,
being alone and
Where do you go when you need some inspiration?
I like going out and observing people, but if it’s raining I’ll settle for a deep dive into Pinterest.
What is a weird habit you have?
I have a special mop for cleaning walls and ceilings.