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emilia voltti - meet the illustrator

writer: emma ranne
picture: from emilia

emilia voltti - an interview with the young graphic designer

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:

Coffee,
family,
staying at our summer cabin,
red lipstick,
friends,
cleaning,
my favourite Spaniard,
dad jokes,
being alone and
reality TV.

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. 

Be sure to check out Emilia on instagram: @evoltti and @vosumedia she creates with
a bunch of trés cool and creative girls.

valentina - meet the illustrator

writer: emma ranne
picture: from valentina

valentina

It’s March. The days are finally getting longer and the sun rays are coming out a little more frequently week by week. For me it’s officially spring when our days in Helsinki are longer than the days in Holland (where I used to live, thus the landmark). We’re really really close now and it’s only a matter of days and we’ve made it again. Still however waiting for the warmth, but until then I’ll just keep my face in the sun and try to soak in every beam.

A new month also means a new interview with one of the talents behind our calendar. Are you ready to meet our illustrator for March? Let’s get to know the lovely Valentina:

heya lovely, Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?

I am Valentina, a 19-year old girl from Germany, currently in a phase of my life characterized by lots and lots of questions. What I know is that I love creating things, learning and growing. The next months are going to be highly exciting for me as a lot of questions considering my future (university, home...) are going to be answered.

We would love to hear the story behind the power woman in your illustration. Who is she and how does she inspire you?

Malala Yousafzai is as strong as i can immagine a woman can get. She grew up in the swat village in Afghanistan. At 11 she started writing a blog about how under the taliban girls weren´t allowed to get an education. After being shot in the head on her way to school, she didn´t stop using her voice. Instead she continued to rise it to fight for women´s education until (in 2014 she received Nobel Peace Prize).

Malala has used her experiences and her situation to the advantage of millions of girls worlwide. She is the proof how much can be changed when one single person raises her voice and mostly, that "a woman is stronger than fear". Thinking about her makes me incredibly aware of my privilege and how it is my duty to use it to speak up for human rights and against injustice. 

How did you get into drawing, what does it mean to you?

Since I was a child drawing, my pens and papers  have been my safe place. It has helped me - not only with relaxing and expressing myself-- but also in countless moments of boredom.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Don´t take everything so seriously!!!

What would your dream job be like?

I want to do so much - run a cafe, work with children and disabled people, arrange exhibitions and draw draw draw. Maybe a combination of all of this-by the beach.

List 10 single things that make you happy:

Sitting in cute cafés drinking tea ,
traveling by train,
cinnamon rolls,
running down the beach,
waking up to sunshine, 
spicy food,
kind people,
eating with my family,
children,
riding my bike in the summer
and sunsets

Where do you go when you need some inspiration?

To the museums, the cinema or to sleep.

What is a weird habit you have?

I drink 5-10 cups of tea daily.

What’s the best book you’ve read so far?

The end of loneliness by Benedict Wells

3 songs that we should all put on our playlists?

The Ooz - King Krule
Someone in the Doorway - Ben Howard
Howling - RyX

The most beautiful place you’ve ever been to:

I have unfortunately never been out of Europe so that is why my view is really limited. 
So far Delphi and Athens in Greece - the pure nature and cute houses paired with the strong ancient background are a breathtaking combination.

you can read more illustrator interviews here.

ida ginman - meet the illustrator

writer: emma ranne
picture: from Ida

ida ginman - interview with graphic designer

The new month is here and it’s time to introduce you to our February illustrator, our lovely friend Ida Ginman. This creative soul studies graphic design in Malmö, Sweden while husstling an eco friendly print business and creating high quality informative content for possibly one of the prettiest instagram accounts I know. Ida also hosts a lovely podcast together with yoga teacher Julia Hackzell called Soul Sisters which I’ve been hooked to ever since it came out. Just saying.

Without further rambling, let’s give the word to Ida:

heya ida! Could you please introduce yourself to our readers, Who are you and what do you like to do?

I’m Ida, a twenty-something day dreamer who was born and raised in Finland. Nowadays I’m based in Malmö, Sweden, where I’m studying a bachelor in graphic design. On the side I also do a little bit of freelance design work as well as run my environmental friendly print business Kinder Prints. Besides all the design stuff I’m a introvert who likes her own space, but once you get to know me you’ll see I’m a real giggler. I start most of my mornings with a matcha latte and end my days with yoga. For the past six years my heart has been held by someone in Australia and I think that is where I’ll eventually end up.

We would love to hear the story behind the power woman in your illustration. Who is she and how does she inspire you?

I decided to draw Emma Watson. She was my first ever girl crush when I watched her in the Harry Potter movies as a child. As she grew up, so did I. Today she stands up for so many important things and is really using her influence for something good. She’s for example working hard for women’s rights and runs the feminist book club Our Shared Shelf. We need more power women like Emma who’s truly beautiful inside and out. 

How did you get into drawing, what does it mean to you?

I was basically drawing before I stared walking. My mom has told me stories about how she was worried about me being dead as I wasn’t making any noice in my room, but when she checked on me I was just sitting there drawing. I lost touch of this in my teenage years, but now I’ve found back to my passion again. I think drawing is a way of brining your inner world out to the physical one. It’s such a simple and raw way of expressing yourself, and at the same time it’s a very meditative state for me. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

‘‘Do what you love.’’

What would your dream job be like?

In the future I would love to run my own graphic design studio somewhere by a beach in Australia and I’d only be working with sustainable and ethical brands. 

List 10 single things that make you happy:

My boyfriend, videos of cute baby animals, breakfast with friends, hugging my grandmas, sunshine, Australian beaches, the feeling after yoga, clean sheets, good coffee and late Summer evenings.

Where do you go when you need some inspiration?

For some reason my inspiration (mostly) flows when I sit down at a cafe surrounded by other people. I’m also lucky to live in Malmö which is a very bike friendly city, so I often head out on a long bike ride when my mind feels stuck. 

What is a weird habit you have?

I’m a creature of habits, so I guess I don’t see any of my daily rituals as weird. I do have an obsession of having to make it to at least one cafe every day, otherwise it’s not a good day. 

What’s the best book you’ve read so far?

On the Emma Watson note, I love all the Harry Potter books and I feel like I should read them all again. One book that has definitely made me think about life in a different way is Melissa Gilbert’s book Big Magic - I’d recommend it to everyone!

3 songs that we should all put on our playlists?

This is such a hard one, but let’s see:

  1. I’ll cheat on the first one: Florence and the Machine’s latest album High As Hope - please take time and listen to all of the songs on her latest album. I’ve never been as me mesmerised. 

  2. Years & Years - All For You

  3. James Bay - Us

The most beautiful place you’ve ever been to:

The world is full of beautiful places, but after living abroad I’ve come to realise how beautiful the Nordic nature in Finland is - all year around

here you can find ida’s blog, instagram, webshop and podcast



meet the illustrator: nina nguyen

picture: from nina
writer: emma ranne

nina nguyen - inlace calendar interview

The new year is here and we feel ready to explore everything that is to come with 2019 - hopefully you do too.

Last month we published our second Inlace calendar which is all about power women - We gathered a group of 12 wonderful young illustrators and asked them to explore and draw the women they admire, or are inspired by. As each month goes by, we will interview the illustrators and share their stories as well as the stories behind their illustrations for the calendar. You can read more about the project here.

So 12 wonderful illustrations by 12 wonderful illustrators. Are you ready to meet who’s behind January? Let us introduce you to this years first illustrator: Nina.

hey nina, could you please introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi everybody, my name is Nina and I’m 22 years old. I live in Vaasa, Finland where I work as a Vinyasa yoga teacher and Aerial yoga instructor. I love to travel and enjoy reading a good book. I also enjoy painting, drawing and drinking coffee - preferably with good company.

We would love to hear the story behind the power woman in your illustration. Who is she and how does she inspire you?

I chose to paint Mother Nature as the power woman of January. Mother nature is rooted into her soil where she plants her roots, nourishes her seeds and protects all life around her. She is abundance, she is the bringer, the nourisher, she is home for all plant life.

She inspires me to stay grounded through both good and difficult times. She reminds me to nourish and to be patient with my thoughts, ideas, feelings and the people in my life.

How did you get into drawing, what does it mean to you?

I’ve loved drawing in kindergarten and haven’t stop doing it since. For me, drawing/painting is a way of meditation. I lose track of time and only focus on what is in front of me. I find it very liberating to be creative!

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

“Practice, practice, practice and all is coming”

What would your dream job be like?

Pretty much what I’m doing right now and to work in a creative field.

List 10 single things that make you happy:

Coffee, the beach, chocolate cake, yoga, my dog, the movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, rainy summer days, the color green, full moon and mangoes.

Where do you go when you need some inspiration?

I prefer to travel, exploring new places and culture. I think it us the best way to get inspired! But when I’m broke I go to Pinterest… hehe!

What is a weird habit you have?

I talk in my sleep and in different languages.

What’s the best book you’ve read so far?

“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara

3 songs that we should all put on our playlists?

Mama, You Been on My Mind – Jeff Buckley

We Can Fly – Niteshifters, Simon Tellier Remix

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye


The most beautiful place you’ve ever been to:

So far, it’s Lanzarote.

you can find nina on instagram here to follow up with her adventures, yoga and art -
our 2019 calendar is available via embroselife













inlace calendar 2019

2018 is coming to an end and it’s time to welcome the new year. We are so grateful for all the support and love we’ve received on our first year of Inlace Media, so thank you to all of our readers. We are looking forward to 2019 and are excited to grow and create with you.


Our calendar for 2019 has the same concept as last year’s calendar. We gave 12 wonderful volunteer illustrators freedom to create one illustration for each month. The theme of the calendar is women we admire, or are inspired by. This year we wanted to let the illustrators choose who they want to draw, so the illustrations are women/goddesses who have inspired our lovely illustrators in some way. As each month goes by, we will interview the illustrator and share the story behind the image and illustrator here on Inlace.

The calendar itself is printed using plant-based eco ink, on high quality recycled acid free paper. The size is smaller than last year as well, a5 to be exact. Each calendar is truly handmade, by Inlace Girls. This year we desided to do a print-version only, that will be sold on www.embroselife.com. 20% of the profits will go to a charity chosen by our illustrators and the rest will support inlace media and allow us to create more high quality content for you guys to read.

2018 has been filled with so much goodness, but 2019 will be the year of true empowerment, true growth in personal and in collective level. Let’s create from the true core of our being, let’s create together, let’s embrace community. Shall the collaboration be the new way of creating, of doing, of living.

This calendar is made of love and collaboration. This calendar is what we wish our society would reflect more, so thank you all you magic souls who created with us.

Ps. you can find the moon phases on our calendar

 ● = Full moon

○ = New moon

Inlace mediacalendarComment
thelma köhler - meet the illustrator

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

Thelma Köhler

Thelma Köhler is a Helsinki based artist, known for her stunning illustration works. Last autumn Thelma followed her dream and set up her own company, through which she’s now able to do what she loves for a living. Besides her art works both digital and on paper, Thelma has also done some work in fashion design. A few weeks ago I sat down with this lovely lady who’s the artist of this months calendar drawing. We cozied up with some coffee and talked about art, following ones career dreams and conscious actions.

Hi thelma! Can you please shortly introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi! So my name is Thelma, I’m 22 years old and I live here in Helsinki. I’m working as an artist in the fields of visual art and uncommercial fashion in my own company. 

Oh that’s super cool! Tell us more about being an entrepreneur. How did you get into it and how does it feel?

It’s very rewarding! Being an entrepreneur is not the easiest career path, but it really gives you the freedom, which is amazing and I get to do exactly what I want basically. I have both my own projects like an art exhibition that’s coming up soon and a clothing line I’m working on with Emilia Gustafsson. Furthermore there’s the custom orders regarding both paintings and illustrations and sometimes also garments.

can you Tell us more about your art: when did you get started?

Well it’s pretty much accidental as I don’t know what else I could see myself do. It’s always been a part of my life and something that comes very natural to me. Drawing is something that’s always been with me, and I realise it’s quite a luxury for me to be able to do it for a living.

Thelma Köhler - Scorpio Inlace Calendar 2018

Where do you source your inspiration?

Oh that’s a difficult but interesting question. Hmmm… well, thinking of my upcoming exhibition for example, the inspiration is gathered mainly from dreams. I have very visual and vivid dreams, which are authentic pictures that can’t be from anywhere else. I also get inspired by people and their interesting presences which I want to communicate through my pictures as well.

Do you have Any big artist crushes?

Oh yeah I have! Definitely Salvador Dalí. He’s always been inspirational to me with just his art, his charisma and all of that. My grandfather used to collect his lithographies, so it feels sort of like a family thing. I love the expressiveness of surrealism and it has a certain type of dark mystery which I really appreciate.

What would you do on a perfect Friday?

That really depends on my mood. Sometimes I just love to be around people and connect with friends, whereas on other nights I’d rather stay in, read a book and eat good food at home accompanied by my cat Francis.

What is your favourite quality about yourself?

Oh that’s a difficult one. Hmm I’d say either my perseverance or my intuition. They’re both things that have got me where I am now, and something that has proven to be of great value.  

Which conscious actions do you wish more of us would take?

I’m a bit partial with this one since I’m vegan myself, but eating plant based is of course something I’d wish to see more people do. It has changed my life personally. I also wish that people would be more mindful of consuming our planet and others - both animals and other people. 

Tell us about a childhood dream

Oh actually that’s very funny when I think about it, since it’s basically; living in a big city and to be able to create. Besides, I don’t think I’ll ever be a penguin trainer… I’ve kinda given up on that dream but that’s alright, haha!

What are your Top 3 tunes at the momen?

1. Corporation by Jack White 

2. Calm Like a Bomb by Rage Against the Machine 

3. the album Maxinquaye by Tricky

Check out more of Thelma’s art work on her website: www.thelmakohler.com and her Instagram

meet the illustrator: anna mäki-jyllilä

Writer: Emma Ranne
ILLUSTRATION: Anna mäki-jyllilä

Libra illustration by Anna Mäki-Jyllilä, Inlacemedia Calendar

Me and Anna met up on one of this autumn’s stormiest afternoons up until now. While the trees were bending in the breezy autumn storm we snuggled up with some hot tea and coffee at cafe Blossom to hide from the cold. We had a cozy discussion about current inspirations, summer memories and spirit animals. I had a lovely time getting to know this young lovely illustrator talent:

Heya, Can you please shortly introduce yourself?

I’m Anna, 19 years old and I’m from Helsinki. I really love drawing and writing which are both ways for me to express my thoughts and ideas. Besides that I enjoy reading a good book and watching movies. Lately I’ve been loving to tune into my home and build a space out of it that feels like my own. I like to see my home like a kind of art work, a collage of things and pieces that are meaningful to me. Also I recently started my 2nd year at uni studying architecture.

Oh that’s really cool, how have you been liking that?

I’ve been enjoying it a lot! Of course there are some elements to it that are not so fun, but for most of it I’ve really liked it. My interest for architecture has just been growing during the past year. 

What are you most excited about this autumn? 

I have some ideas that I want to explore more through both drawing and writing. This past summer I’ve been thinking lots about what the things are that actually feel of importance to me, and what it is that I in the end want to devote my time to. After the first year of uni, I realized that I needed to find a balance where school work wouldn’t consume all of my time. It’s easy to get lost in that world, especially since the things we study actually are very interesting and exciting, but I think it’s really important for me to have time for my own projects as well. I’ve been playing with the idea of maybe publishing some more of my work, and to explore new channels for doing so. That’s really been inspiring me lately.

I like to see my home like a kind of art work, a collage of things and pieces that are meaningful to me

What is one of your favourite qualities about yourself?

Hmm, I have always had a need for trying to understand things. I’m curious about learning about the worlds of others, to gain more knowledge about different concepts. I love to explore things in my thoughts in order to understand them better. I’d say that’s one of my favourite qualities about myself.

Favourite summer memory:

I just had a thought about this the other day to be prepared to answer since it’s the classic question to be asked whenever seeing someone after the summer, haha. One really good memory is an evening on which I cycled to the sea along a new route to meet at the harbour with a good friend of mine. It was lovely to see the familiar city from a new perspective. I had some chocolate truffles with me that I had brought with me from my trip to Italy, and she had brought very sweet fresh plums since it was right at the start of plum season. We talked and talked and I got a lot of new ideas. It was a very beautiful evening.

What is your relationship to drawing?

It something that I’ve always been doing. Sometimes more, sometimes less. These days I feel like whenever I haven’t been drawing for a while I start to feel a bit lost. It’s an important way for me to express things, to think and to feel feelings. To me drawing is for a big part about trying to organize and express feelings you couldn’t do with words. If writing to me is to think with care and thought, drawing would be feeling feelings with care and thought. 

 

 A book that everyone should read:

I recently read H is for hawk by Helen Macdonald, which I really think is worth a read for most of us. It explores the relationship between us humans and the nature in a really captivating way. It’s all about how we people tend to value the nature through ourselves. We either aim to benefit from it in one way or the other, or we give it value because we see it as something beautiful. The book is a good reminder for us to see the nature as something worthy and valuable on its own. It’s its own world and beautiful even without our valuation for it.


An inspiration of yours:

My friends inspire me a lot. I’m also inspired by things and places, and the thoughts that people bind to them. I love the idea of how memories, that in a way are so fragile to be forgotten, can be kept alive in small concrete pieces.

 

What is your spirit animal?

Ohh that’s a difficult one, but I think I’m going with hedgehog!

Be sure to have a look at more of Anna’s art on her Instagram-accounts
@annamakijy and @artisteanna

 

 

meet the illustrator: gemma driessen

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

Gemma Driessen - www.gemmadriessen.com

I'm super excited to introduce you to my lovely childhood friend Gemma. We go way way back and used to race on our bicycles around the Dutch medows while referring to ourselves as Gem'n'Em (yes, that was our team name).

These days Gemma is a super talented illustrator, who studies industrial design in Holland and who's always ready for a little adventure.  Without further talking, let's get you more familiar with this girl behind June's calendar illustration.
 

Hi Gemma, can you please shortly introduce yourself to our readers?

Alright! I am a 21-year-old integrated product design student. I love making things, especially cute things: I draw, paint and make ceramics. I am passionate about sustainability, and I want to work in that field after graduating. I am a vegan and live with my boyfriend in the Netherlands. I love bouldering (climbing) and I am super proud of my arm muscles  haha, as a person who always hated sports being strong is very new to me. 

 

We know you draw a lot. Can you tell us the story of how you got into drawing?

As a kid, I always drew a lot, but I got more serious about it during my first year at uni. I started a daily drawing project, I had a sketchbook and my goal was to fill one page every day until it was full. The goal was to fill the page and it did not matter if it was pretty, or if I spent a lot of time on it, as long as there was something on the page. I loved the process and my progress during this book so much that I started another one after that, and another one, and another one. That was the start of me drawing (almost) every day for the last 3 years.

 

Usually, one of the hardest things when it comes to anything creative is to find time and inspiration. What would your tips be for overcoming this?

We can't change how much time we have in a day, so if you want to spend more time drawing you should do less of something else, this could be watching less Netflix or scrolling social media less. But maybe you don't have any time you can easily make free in that case you could try to combine it with another activity, like drawing during lunch break or train commute. But sometimes it is also okay to accept that it is just not a priority for you, so you should not feel too bad about it. 

If you really want to do it regularly I suggest picking a time or couple it to another activity you do every day. For example, you always draw after dinner, during lunch, when you get home etc.  I used to do it before going to bed as a nice way to unwind. Maybe it works best for you to find accountability, by post every day on Instagram for example. Also make it as easy as possible to start, have your materials accessible, have them at a place you often are so you don't have to put more effort than necessary in getting started. 

when it comes to inspiration, I'd say just draw something, don't go scrolling on your phone for inspiration that is a waste of precious drawing time. As Andy J Pizza says: "Creativity is like Breastfeeding: the More Your Pump, the More it Flows!" haha. I often get inspired by things I drew before. Combine some things you like drawing or enjoy in real life. Draw about things that make you feel good whether that is cats, tea, yoga or feminism. And don't be too harsh on yourself, if you don't like the drawing you made, just make a better one tomorrow. And never compare your work to others.

 

What important lessons have you learned during the past 12 months?

I thought hard about it and these two came to mind:

  1. You can make/do almost anything you want, just google or find a video explaining how it is done. I learned to cut my own hair, make a puppet for stop-motion animation, replace a part of my shower that was broken and so much more just by watching 10-minute videos. 
  2. You have time, I listened to an interview with Lisa Congdon recently about her new book about older women starting new careers and becoming successful. We still have so much time ahead of us, the path you choose now does not have to be the path you will be on for the rest of your life, so don't worry too much about whether you are making the right decisions.

 

And what is inspiring you lately?

Lately, I have been super into pottery, I make planters, cups and vases with happy faces on them and I love it so much! I have been putting them for sale in my Etsy shop and I actually sold one!,  to someone in the UK and I am really happy about it!

 

What would your theme song be?

I have been enjoying old songs lately, it's really hard to choose but if I have to pick something maybe Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys?

 

And my favourite question to ask people: what are 3 of those little random things that give you joy?

  • Sunshine
  • the smell of cinnamon
  • the leaves on the trees (I missed them so much in winter)

 

Check out Gemma's Instagram and website to see her work. Her drawings are the cutest! Also there are still a few ceramic pots left in her Etsy shop, shop one while you can.

may by eliisa loukola

writer: emma ranne
picture: from eliisa

Eliisa Loukola - Inlace Calendar 2018

Oh hello there May, we've been looking forward to you! It's time to introduce you to our lovely illustrator of the month, Eliisa Loukola, who drew the illustration for May in our calendar. Eliisa has always been drawing and is currently studying fine arts in the Netherlands. We wanted to hear more about what is bringing her inspiration these days and what her relationship is to drawing:

 

Hi lovely Eliisa! Can you please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us a little bit about what you like to do

Hi! I am a 20 year-old Fine art student, currently studying in Academie Minerva in the Netherlands. I love all things art (surprise, surprise), like going to museums, galleries and finding out new techniques and crazy ideas to try. I enjoy going on long walks and discovering new places here around me and abroad. I love a nice talk over some coffee or a nice drink, haha. 

 

What is your relationship to drawing and how has it evolved over the years?

I honestly can't remember not drawing. I've gone to different art classes and schools since I was six, and it has always been an important part of my life. Although drawing is not my main technique anymore I still love it and try to draw everyday.

 

Where do you gain the inspiration for your art?

Everywhere! People, nature, old buildings, fleamarkets.. But what I find most interesting is the idea of feminity, what's considered "girly" (in a "good" or a "bad" way) and what's not. A bit weird maybe but it's an infinite source of inspiration!

 

What important lessons have you learned during the last 12 months?

Take a leap into the unknown! Last August I moved into the Netherlands without knowing anyone there, and it has brought me so many great new experiences and I've met wonderful new people! It really pays off to leave your comfort zone!

 

Name three of those slightly random things that give you joy:

  1. A good thunderstorm! The power of nature is incredible sometimes. 
  2. Seeing cats around town! Especially if I get one to come close enough to pet
  3. Getting a nice new canvas or fabric and starting fresh! 

 

What would your theme song be?

Youth by Daughter ! Found the song when I was fourteen and I keep coming back to it six years later.

 

P.s  Be sure to check Eliisa's art work, here.

meet the illustrator: maria luostarinen

writer: emma ranne
picture: meri Jerkku

Maria Luostarinen Inlace kalenteri

It's time to start a new month! March is here and we're hoping for warmer temperatures, more sun rays and fresh spring vibed inspiration here in our chilled northern nook aka Helsinki.

Every month we're introducing you to one of the lovely girls behind our calendar and today it's time for you to get to know Maria.

 

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

It’s me, Maria. I’m a 21-year-old IB student (yup, that’s right, 21 and still in high school, no shame) from Turku. I like to do creative stuff, painting and writing mainly. Running is great, too. My best friend and I are planning on running a marathon once it gets a tad warmer. Lately I’ve been getting into playing pool. It’s kind of fun. 

Oh and I love doing the laundry. It’s almost like a hobby at this point. So therapeutic.

 

What is your relationship to drawing?

I draw. I’ve always drawn. I took lessons in an art school for nearly 15 years. My teacher was incredible and her advice made me quite a good technical artist. The creative process, on the other hand, isn’t always too great. A lot of the time my mind is just blank. But when it isn’t I’m racing against time to draw as much as I can!

 

What is inspiring you at the moment?

One of my dearest friends and I became flatmates a few months back. Switching things up like that always sparks inspiration for me. I just sit on my new balcony and watch the world go by. So many inspiring things going on.

 

Personal growth is one of our themes for the year. How have you changed during the last year?

I moved back to Finland pretty much exactly a year ago. It’s been brilliant. Only now have I truly understood the beauty of my home country and the people here. I’ve never been an acquaintance collector but during the past twelve months I have met a lot of interesting new people as well as deepened my already existent friendships.

I’ve also learnt to deal with my depression. It’s always going to be there, but at least it and I can now have joint custody of my mind, body and life. Life as I now know it is pretty sweet.

 

What do you love most about yourself? 

About myself? Myself. The whole package. I’m the best me that has ever lived or will ever live. It took me two decades to realise that, thus I now equally love everything about myself.

 

If you were to pick a song to be your theme song, what would it be?

11th Dimension by Julian Casablancas. It was such a tune when it came out back in 2009 and who am I kidding - it still is. Your faith has got to be greater than your fear.

 

 



 

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. 
’’why?’’
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.

 

inlace calendar 2018

writer: the inlace girls
pictures: catarina böckerman

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inlace 2018 calendar PDF

While tuning our feminine energies into creating inlacemedia.com, we got inspired by the idea of creating a calendar filled with female empowerment and a dash of astrological magic. Collaborating and brewing ideas with others is something we love to do, and soon the idea had developed into a group project with some creative girls from around the world, making this calendar come alive with their drawings. And here it is, the final piece and we are thrilled to share it with you!

We really hope this calendar will inspire you as much as it has been inspiring us while putting it together. You could see it as your energy empowering guide for 2018. Every single month has its own magical horoscope lady, to spark you with some fresh thoughts and secret super powers for the month to come. To just add that extra pinch of magic into it we decided to pour some astrology on these pages. Just to dig a little deeper. Our lovely Catarina has lately been swimming in the cosmic ocean of Vedic astrology, and she wanted to share bits of what she has been discovering with you. Vedic astrology has taught her that we actually carry energies of all the horoscope signs inside of us. So instead of only resonating with the sign of the month you were born in, there's way more for you to discover and to embrace. It's all about different infusions and balances. You could look at it in this way: every month's horoscope lady will mirror her specific energy on you. Take it in, feel the magic and let things flow.

We are so thankful for the whole process of putting this calendar together. A big thank you goes out ot the lovely girls that hopped on board with us and made it happen with their stunning drawings. Every month we'll be introducing you to one of these stunning ladies through tiny interviews. You can read January's interview with Sanni here.

Now it's your turn to get creative and make this calendar your own. Print it out, maybe add some colour and doodles, and give it a spot on your wall. We'd love to see your calendars come to life!

P.S. To give love to Mother Earth, we recommend for you to print your calendar on recycled or FSC certificated paper. Thank you! x

Meet the illustrator: Sanni Lehtonen
 

writer: emma ranne
picture: emma ranne

Sanni Lehtonen | Inlace Calendar

Sanni Lehtonen, @sarkasmisanni

 

The illustrations in our Inlace 2018 horoscope calendar were made by a lovely bunch  of pretty awesome girls (if you haven’t come across it yet, you can download the free PDF here). Every month we’ll be introducing you to the girl behind the drawing and ask them little questions about what’s grooving for them right now. 

Well who’s behind the stunning Capricorn illustration for January? We met the very lovely Sanni Lehtonen over a cup of coffee at Kuuma and had a little chat with her.

Hi Sanni! Could you maybe tell us a little more about yourself and what you like to do? Hi! Hmm well I’m Sanni and I’m currently living in the Netherlands, where I moved this fall to study psychology. I really enjoy arts, obviously, and I like 90s movies and vintage. So you actually draw a lot? Yeah. Or well I draw as much as I can. Lately I haven’t had as much time for it as I’d like because of my studies, but I try to draw as often as I can. 


What is your creative process like when it comes to drawing?
Haha well usually it’s just me getting a random idea, which can spark from for example me seeing a cool picture.  Then I often make a quick sketch and continue with the drawing when I have more time.


Please share a favorite book, artist, or musician that has recently affected you. I met this guy from Bristol while in the Netherlands who listens who knows a lot about the electornic music scene there and introduced me to it. Together we've been exploring the electornic music scene of Amsterdam. I can’t name any specific artist, it’s more just like me finding a new cool music genre.


Could you tell us about a lesson you recently learned.
Hmmm… a lesson I’ve learned. Well this fall I’ve been meeting loads of new people through uni, and I’ve really learned how to be more open in the sense of getting to know new people. Previously I haven’t been too good at like socializing and stuff, but now my skills around that have really developed which is cool.


And what would you say is a strength of your’s?
I’d say I’m pretty straight forward with other people, but also myself. I’m quite open minded and I tend to analyze myself and the opinions I have on things and where they come from. 

 

Thanks for the chat! Just one more question: what tunes have been playing on Spotify lately?
Ohh my playlists have mainly been hiphop lately, I really like OutKast for example!