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saskia robertson - meet the illustrator

writer: emma ranne
picture: saskia robertson

Saskia is a freelance creative based near London. She grew up on the Isle of Wight by the sea, but moved to London when she was 17 to kickstart her dreams of being a creative. 

When it comes to creating Saskia is a multi-talent. From minimalistic fine line illustrations, to logo design, product photography and album covers (!) - the list goes on. You can find her portolio at sassrobcreative.

Saskia loves doing anything that lets her use her imagination - whether that’s drawing, reading, listening to music, or people watching from a cute cafe.

We love Saskia’s unique style of drawing and were super happy she wanted to be part of creating our calendar for 2019. Saskia’s illustration of Frida Kahlo is the face for July, and we’d love to hear the story behind why she picked this wonderful woman. Let’s get to know Saskia:


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

Frida Kahlo has always been a huge inspiration of mine - she stood up for what she believed in, was very daring in her approach to life and art, and wore fabulous clothes.

She went through a lot in her life, from her accident when she was a child which affected her hugely for the rest of her life, to the obstacles faced by being an outspoken woman in that time, to her high-strung husband. But despite all this, she created beautiful, insightful artwork and her legacy will live on forever.

I think everyone needs a bit of ‘Frida’ in them, to have an imaginative and daring outlook on life is what makes us different.


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

I’ve loved drawing since I was young, always doodling and experimenting with different materials. My Grandma is an artist and I used to spend my summers painting with her in her conservatory or in the garden, so art has always been a part of me. I love trying to convey the subject of my drawings without too much detail, sometimes so much so that you can’t always tell from first glance what the image is depicting.


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

“Have the courage to live a life true to yourself" 


What would your dream job be like?

I love being freelance as it gives me the freedom to travel and the ability to be in charge of my own schedule. I’ve got some exciting plans in the pipeline for the rest of 2019, including launching my own brand which I’m super excited about!


List 10 single things that make you happy:

1. Sunshine

2. Books

3. Dancing

4. Drawing

5. The Beach

6. Travelling

7. My loved ones

8. Animals (especially Flamingos!)

9. Creating

10. Clean Sheets


Where do you go when you need some inspiration?

When I’m stuck for ideas I love going on a walk, either down by the canal near my house or to a cafe where I can people-watch and have a change of scenery.


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

I read so many books I don’t think I could possibly narrow it down to just one! But I do absolutely love Victoria Hislop’s books, I think my favourite has to be ‘The Island’. I also love Jodi Picoult’s books.


3 songs that we should all put on our playlists?

California - Charlotte Cardin

Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees


The most beautiful place you’ve ever been to:

I loved visiting Thassos - it’s known as the Emerald Isle, due to it being covered in trees and nature. It’s very rarely visited by tourists, so the towns and surroundings remain untouched and some places haven’t changed in decades. I love nature and culture so this place was perfect for me.

Be sure to explore Saskia’s work:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sassrobcreative/

Website: www.sassrobcreative.com

viki - meet the illustrator

writer: Emma Ranne
photo: from Viki

Viki.jpg

It might be June but we still want you to meet our lovely calendar illustrator of May. Viki is an incredibly talented illustrator. Se also inspires us with her creative Insta content that’s focused on sustainability and veganism (also, her recipe posts always make us hungry!). We we’re over the moon with this girl wanting to join our calendar project and are super excited for you to meet her too. Without further rambling, here is Viki:


Could you please introduce yourself to our readers.
Who are you and what do you like to do?
I’m Viki, an artist and content creator currently based in Scotland but originally from Luxembourg. I love going on long walks in the forest, in the mountains and around the beach - Scotland is perfect for this. The stereotype that it’s always raining here is definitely not true and today is even quite a hot day. I love coming up with ideas for making art, creating recipes, and I have a true passion and dedication for sustainability. To switch off from the realities of our nearing extinction, I eat peanut butter, mediate, listen to music, do yoga and recently started bouldering. 


We would love to hear the story behind the power woman in your illustration. Who is she and how does she inspire you?
This is no other than Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941). One of the big names in modernist literature, she was incredibly powerful and influential for the female empowerment in her times. If you haven’t read A Room of One’s Own, I highly recommend it. It’s an important feminist piece. I find Woolf fascinating in so many ways! She was so provocative for her time, not only within literature, or for women, but also for the LGBT community. Woolf’s views on sexuality were very liberal, which is especially reflected in Orlando where the main character undergoes sex changes and the lines between gender and sex are blurred. I could go on for ages about my love for Woolf and her writings! But I guess you get what I mean and why I love her writing so I’ll stop here.


How did you get into drawing, what does it mean to you?
I have been drawing since I existed probably. I honestly can’t remember when I wasn’t holding colours and drawing my time away as a child. My mum showed me how to draw humans, houses, flowers, and all the other basic things and I always had lots of colours that I could use.

Every time I draw or paint, I just feel like myself. I feel like I do exactly what I want to be doing in life. I don’t know how to describe that feeling but it just feels natural. When I don’t draw for a while, it feels like I’m really hungry and need food and when I start drawing it’s like I finally get to eat something that I craved and I feel totally satisfied and happy. Maybe that sounds odd but it’s the best I can do to describe it.


What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Life isn’t as serious.
And: ’It’s all about the balance.’ 


What would your dream job be like?
Making my living full-time with my art and passion projects. I only work with likeminded people who have a love for genuinely wanting to do good for the world. 


List 10 single things that make you happy.

  1. the sun

  2. my life partner

  3. tea

  4. cacao nibs 

  5. plants

  6. the sea

  7. dancing

  8. drawing

  9. cosy blanket days 

  10. eating pancakes and cake in the morning

  11. and the smell of roses

Where do you go when you need some inspiration?
In nature I feel the most inspired. But it depends, sometimes I feel inspired by just sitting in a cafe and watching people or lately I’ve been trying out different activities and places that I wouldn’t usually do or go to. It’s fun, you should try it too! Like I went to this science museum today and had so much fun there which left me with a wonderful feeling. 


What is a weird habit you have?
I had to think about this one for a while. In my childhood room I got this mirror that I always need to cover before I go to bed otherwise I can’t sleep. I started doing this because I had really bad nightmares as a child and then I read somewhere that mirrors can take away your good dreams and bring you bad ones instead, like they can catch you or your soul which makes you having nightmares. Since then I have the habit of putting a blanket over my mirror. 


What’s the best book you’ve read so far?
That’s a hard one but it has to be To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. It’s is my all-time favourite book and you should read it. A book that I recently read and totally love is Norwegian Wood by Murakami. This guy knows what he’s doing, I couldn’t put the book down, it was that good! And I haven’t had that feeling in ages. 


3 songs that we should all put on our playlists?

Lying Has to Stop - Soft Hair

Venus in Fur - Velvet Underground

Not Your Kind of People - Garbage


The most beautiful place you’ve ever been to:
The cliffs in Arbroath here in Scotland - it’s so incredibly peaceful there. But that’s just one beautiful place, there are so many more places that I love and that I’ll explore in my life time. I just think it’s important to look around and see what surrounds you already because there’s so much beauty everywhere if you just open your eyes. 

Be sure to check out Viki’s insta and her art account. Viki also writes lovely articles on her blog www.blissfoodflower.com

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.

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

 

 

steamy lion

WRITER: Ona rihu
PICTURE: Ona rihu 

Steamy August is filling us with literal steam, while Finland is turning into a jungle with these weathers. For our co-creator Catarina Böckerman this feels home, like she’s back at the jungle where her heart calls her over and over again. This chica is filled with lust over exploring this planet. Her passion drips over her when she talks about all things her heart is filled with. Let me introduce you to our girl behind the magic August lion. 

What makes your heart beat like a drum? 

To be able to call this earth my home, our home. To share and inspire others. Remind people of their divinity, their powers, their magic. That gives me shivers, to remind, cause we all got the jazz in us, if we just recognise and honour it. 

 

Your favourite unwinding afternoon? 

Ohh, day dreaming with my soul tribe. To just let our hearts speak out, speak loud, be heard. To watch the stars, and wonder how magical this all is, how we are literally made out of stardust and to remind myself of that, always calms me down. Living from that space, well that space has only love and trust with zero stress involved. 

 

Best thing of being a female? 

All! I love females, love being one. Females are just pure magic. We are a true reflection of the mother earth. Of her cycles, from winter to autumn to spring and to summer. When we remember that we are cyclic -that this earth is cyclic, and truly live honouring all the different cycles, well that’s fairy land right there. 

 

A little bird told me that you’re yoga teacher now, how that happened? 

Well, Bali called me again. This time for the teacher training. I felt like that’s what my heart wished for. So after crazy money saving hassle in Finland, I was back at the jungle. That month was just pure bliss, with so much emotions running though my veins, so much depth and remembrance occurred to me. Best experience of my life.

How you honour the wild in you? 

Well my dear, this one has been on my active challenge list lately. As I let go of binge alcohol drinking and the parties I used to went to, I thought that would do it, that the wild side in me would just calm down. Well that wasn’t as simple as I thought it to be. We all have different levels of wilderness is us. Back in the days, partying was the way I let her loose, crazy and wild. But ever since I let that go, the wild in me has been craving for tension, for action, for wilderness. I understood how important it is to honour all the sides in us. So dancing has become one of my priorities. I also let the wild loose with days where I have no plans, I just let her take me to places. I’m still figuring this one out thought, but lately she’s been taken care of, the wild in me. With singing, dancing, wine classes, maca, soulful humans, soulful music, days without rules. I can feel her presence again. 

 

Soundtrack of your life right now?

Sweet time, Raveena <3

 

Soul blowing book? 

Wild power, all things about that remembrance and honour of the cyclic world. All from managing your energy accordingly to learning to chart your menstruation cycle. My holy book right now. 

 

Much sparkles and love to your way, Catarina.

maria nordin

(conscious soul)

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
PICTURE: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN

Haastattelu Maria Nordin | Inlace Media

We sat down with super woman Maria Nordin for lunch, to chat about her life. She’s been embracing sustainable living on her social media and our hearts have been warmed by her actions. She’s truly a magical woman. Let me introduce you to Maria Nordin. 

 

Hey Maria, could you quickly explain what it exactly is that you do?

There’s three main things I do. 

  1. I make indoor air quality reports   
  2. I write my blog
  3. And run a wellness online store, where I also sell  my own bar soaps.

 

What got you into  health and the toxin free lifestyle? 

I was fascinated by the ecological aspect when I was doing my architecture studies and found out about the eco material opportunities in building. The turning point for me would however have been when I got sick from indoor quality issues. I wanted to learn everything about what might have affected that and the hunger for knowledge just kept growing. I stopped using harmful chemicals and step by step I started to heal. The final step for my healing journey was  DNRS training that I came across while doing my research.  Through  DNSR the last bits of my over sensitivity vanished away. 

 

What tips would you give to young entrepreneurs? 

First of all: just start doing.

Second ask, ask and ask. There’s so much knowledge around us and we are all masters in something. Still whenever I don’t know something, I go around and ask for advice from others. Lately I've been appreciating the supportiveness of Facebook groups, especially the entrepreneurial groups out there. 

 

What would you tell your 20 year old self?

Let your interests be your guide. Just go for after whatever fascinates you. Read it, do it. You never know how you can use the gained skills in the future. 

What are your favourite cafes in Helsinki?

Mat for lunch,

Kuuma for breakfast

and Factory street gallery for coffee
 

WHat is one book that everyone should read?

Breaking the habit of being yourself 
 

What would your perfect Sunday be like? 

My perfect winter Sunday would start with a nutritious brunch with my family. Then we would go ice skating somewhere outdoors . And as a cherry on top the day would include some hot chocolates and sauna. 


 

 

 

 

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: 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!