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Viki - meet the illustrator

writer: Emma Ranne
photo: from Viki

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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

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













vastuullisuus on chic - Karita Sainio

(inlace contributor)

Kirjoittaja: Meri Frig
Kuva: ida hanhiniemi

vuonna 2019 inlacemediassa tullaan näkemään uusia nimiä - olemme löytäneet ihania contributor-kirjoittajia jotka tulevat jakamaan ajatuksiaan ja antamaan inspiraatiota vieraskirjoittajina. Kiitos ihanasta tekstistä meri!

Karita Sainio on kirjailija ja vastuullisuuteen erikoistuneen pr-toimisto Sugar Helsingin perustaja. Hänen Hyvin Eletty -kirja on ”jokaisen nykynaisen must-have-käsikirja kestävään elämäntapaan.” Kirja on myös niin kaunis, että sen haluaa heti laittaa kirjahyllyssä paraatipaikalle. Selailin sitä taas uudestaan miettiessäni parempia joululahjaideoita. Kysyin Karitalta, mitä hän fiilistelee juuri nyt. Haastattelusta tuli ihana, inspiroitunut fiilis – kiitos Karita!

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Ihastuin kovasti Hyvin eletty -kirjaasi. Voitko kertoa kirjan sanomasta lyhyesti?

Kiitos Meri, ihana kuulla! <3
Olen työskennellyt vastuullisten brändien parissa viimeiset reilu t kymmenen vuotta ja Hyvin eletty olikin luonteva jatko edellisille projekteilleni. Oma missioni työelämässä on jakaa tietoa vastuullisista, päivittäisistä valinnoista synkistelemättä ja parempiin valintoihin inspiroiden. Kirjasta halusin tehdä helposti lähestyttävän (ja kauniin!) oppaan, josta löytää ne juuri omat vinkit oman arjen vastuullisiin valintoihin. Kirjan kautta oivaltaa, että vastuullisuus on oikeastaan aika helppoa.   

 Hyvin eletty -kirja opastaa kauniiseen vastuulliseen elämään. Miksi ”kauniiseen” ja ”vastuulliseen,” yhdessä?

Mielestäni vastuullinen elämäntapa on tyylikästä, älykästä ja puoleensavetävää. On luontevaa haluta hyviä arvoja ja niiden mukanaan tuomaa kauneutta ympärilleen. Sen sijaan, että vastuulliset valinnat jotenkin rasittaisivat, ne tuovat harmoniaa ja itsevarmuutta elämään. On voimaannuttavaa ottaa asioista selvää ja tieto myös helpottaa valintojen tekemistä.

 Mitä vinkkejä antaisit vastuullisuudesta viestimiseen, heille, jotka tulevat uutena tälle alalle? 

Aikoinaan päätin, että työskentelen ainoastaan vastuullisten brändien parissa. Silloin vastuullisuudesta viestiminen on oikeastaan aika helppoa, sillä se on sisäänrakennettu brändeihin ja viestiä ei tarvitse erikseen rakentaa tai päälleliimata. Monet vastuulliset brändit ovat laadukkaita, esimerkiksi kosmetiikassa raaka-aineet ovat aitoja tai ruokapuolella luomua ja ravintorikasta. Tällöin viestissä voi keskittyä tuotteen laatuun ja vastuullisuus tuleekin kaupan päälle, ikään kuin itsestään selvänä kivijalkana tuotteelle – tarinoita ei tarvitse keksiä.

Mikä on nyt ’bubbling under,’ eli jotain ihan uutta, vastuullisuuden maailmassa?

Mentoroin paljon uusia yrittäjiä ja selkeästi uusiobrändit ovat jo syntyessään vastuullisia – se itsessään tulee muuttamaan maailmaa jo paljon. Uskon, että juuri nyt on paljon kehitteillä esimerkiksi muovia, puuvillaa ja muita ekokatastrofimateriaaleja korvaavia vaihtoehtoja, zero waste -innovaatioita, lihaa korvaavia vaihtoehtoja ja uusia energiaratkaisuja. Vastuullisuus koskettaa oikeastaan ihan kaikkea. 

Mitkä eettiset tai ekologiset paikat tai brändit ovat juuri nyt suosikkejasi?

Uuh, herkullinen kysymys, näitä on niiiiiiin runsaasti! Tänään minulle tulisi mieleen Aida Impact, super elegantteja silkkikoruja valmistava, Suomeen pakolaisina tulleita naisia työllistävä brändi, Embrosé, uusi vastuullisiin lifestyle-tuotteisiin erikoistunut nettikauppa joka on pastellisävyissään kuin karkkikauppa, Duara, jonka kautta voi yöpyä Afrikassa tai Aasiassa osana paikallista arkea ja siten jakaa turismin rahaa kansainvälisten ketjujen sijasta kehittyvien maiden asukkaille, Magnesia jooga- ja hyvinvointifestivaali, joka laajenee ensi kesänä Suomenlinnaan, Supermoodin Youth Glo -sarja joka tekee iholle ihmeitä ja Kuuman herkulliset soija-cappucinot & letut. 

Mitä blogeja tai esimerkiksi Instagram-tilejä tykkäät seurata?

Juuri nyt huomaan seuraavani erilaisten startuppien ja vastuullisten brändien tilejä, benchmarkkaus- ja inspiraatiosilmällä, sillä työskentelen itsekin uusien liiketoimintakonseptien ja brändien rakentamisen parissa. Rakastan yrittäjiä ja uusia yrityksiä ja saan niistä paljon inspiraatiota!  
Muuten olen aika tarkka sisällöstä, mitä kulutan. En esimerkiksi juuri ollenkaan seuraa Instagramin Storiesia, vaikka se onkin viihdyttävää, mutta jatkuva höpinä usein vain kuormittaa aivoja ja on vähän turhaa muutenkin. Huomaan etsiväni ylipäätään elämässä syvempää viisautta somen alta, olen lopettanut Facebookin käytön ja ajastanut Instagramissa kulutetun ajan. Blogeja en oikeastaan seuraa ollenkaan, mutta suosikkeihin kuuluvat ystävien blogit kuten Visual Diary (ja Insta!! yksi parhaimmista), Anna Vihervaarasta, Ida365. Tottakai Sugarin oma media on lähellä sydäntä, ja Inlace, tykkään! :)




on travel dreams with plantiful alexandra

writer: Emma ranne
picture: from Alexandra

Alexandra from @plantifulalexandra

A few months back we had the chance to meet up with our lovely German friend Alexandra to grab a coffee and have a chat. We first got to know Alex through Instagram where we’ve been following her insanely yummy looking (like really!) food creations pretty much ever since she started with Instagramming 3 years ago. We love Alexandra’s style of adding personal stories to her photos and look up to her skills in communicating her thoughts in such an authentic way through the online platform. This girl has inspired us multiple times.

When we met Alex she had just quit her day job and was about to head on an adventure that included surfing, Bali and exploring life in Australia. While sipping our coffees and matchas we talked about what it was in the first place that inspired Alexandra to hop on this adventure?

‘‘I had known for quite some time that I really wanted to travel and I wasn’t really enjoying the job I spent most of my days at. The job had pretty much just been about saving money for me, and once I had saved up enough I thought it was time to go.’’

 

What made you choose Bali and Australia?

I’m going to do a surf instructor’s course in Bali which will be my first stop. When it comes to Australia it’s actually their work and travel visa which is great for this kind of situation. Another reason for me would be that I really want to surf, which Australia obviously is quite the perfect fit for. I also know a lot of Instagrammers from Australia and it just looks like a really lovely place (also their vegan food scene, I’m really looking forward to that). Hmmm the only thing is that I’m not really a big fan of too hot weather but it should be all good, haha!

Any tips for someone scared of taking the step?

Just do it. I think you shouldn’t be too scared of following your dream. Especially if you don’t like your current situation and you feel very strong about wanting to do something else be it traveling or starting a new job. If it’s literally just fear that keeps you from making the change, the chances are pretty big that you’ll probably just regret not giving it a go.

 

Do you have any favourite Instagram accounts?

Of course! I love the content of my friends @laurafruitfairy and @alexasearth. Hmm it’s really hard to just pick a few though.

 

Where do you source inspiration for your delicious looking recipes?

To be honest I don’t really do recipes. My cooking is more just me throwing things together, hahaha. In the beginning of being a vegan I used Instagram a lot to look for food inspiration. I think it’s just mainly about me seeing other people do delicious looking things and putting my favourite bits from their recipes together to create my own thing.

 

What would your perfect Sunday (anywhere in the world) look like?

My perfect Sunday… I’d wake up without an alarm around seven. Then I’d do some meditation and some stretching after which I’d have some breakfast outside at my terrace while reading a book and listening to some good music. After the slow breakfast I’d head for a surf as the waves obviously would be perfect. Then after a couple of hours, I’d come home, take a shower and meet up with some friends for lunch. In the afternoon it would be time for a little nap after which I’d maybe do some more surfing as the waves are still great. In the evening I’d meet with people for dinner, have a glass of wine and a good chat. The main point of the day would for it to be really relaxed.

We loved getting to meet Alexandra while she was exploring Helsinki and hope to see her again soon. You can follow up with Alexandra’s travels on Instagram. Seeing all the scenic travel pictures has really made us crave some adventure too.

 


 

 

 

 

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 and co-founder: emma ranne

writer: Inlace Media
picture: Madara Freimane

emma ranne - inlace media

September is here and it’s time to introduce you to this month’s illustrator, who also happens to be one of the co-founders of Inlace Media, our lovely Emma Ranne. Emma is studying marketing at Hanken School of Economics and just spent the summer doing an internship in London. We like to call Emma the ”brain” behind our projects because of her education but the truth is she’s a multitalent within many fields of creativity. So let’s get to know her a little better.

Hi Emma, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m Emma, 22, born in Helsinki and raised in Holland where we lived with my family for most of my childhood. I’ve been living in Helsinki for the past coupe of years where I study marketing at Hanken. Helsinki is one of my favourite cities in the world, but I’m a girl who loves to adventure around. I’ve always been drawn to creative work and wish I could do something in that field in the future. I love collecting details in photographs, writing articles and coming up with new vegan flavor combos in my tiny kitchen.

You were interning at What’s your Legacy this summer in London and we want to hear all about it! What were the highlights of your time there?

This summer has  been a dream. I had been following all the cool things that the girls of What's Your Legacy do for about a year and it was pretty amazing to get to hop on the team and hustle along with them. I learned so much, met so many amazing people, and found really lovely friends while here. I know it's such a cliche to say but this has been the best summer for me up until now. I'm going home filled with new inspiration and so many new skills. 


Top 3 London restaurants?

Oooh this is a tricky one, there's a whole bunch of nice food spots here! Even though I've been on the mission to try out as many as possible this summer I still feel like there's more and more to discover... but here's my top 3

  1. Mother Works - Hackney Wick
    All vegan, all super yummy and also love the location (Hackney Wick would be one of my favourite areas here together with London Field's and Regent's Canal). Try their acai bowl (the best in town and I've tried many) or their lunch bowl of the day.

  2. Bonnington Cafe - Vauxhall
    A very cute and home-like co-operatively run vegetarian and vegan restaurant. There's basically a different volunteering chef cooking every night and you never know what's on the menu beforehand. You just send the chef a message to book your table and show up hungry.

  3. Farmacy - Notting Hill
    A bit pricier, but oh my their food. A menu filled with amazing super creative veggie creations. I was so impressed by their food that I had to buy their recipe book to bring some inspiration to my kitchen at home.


What’s inspiring you this autumn? 

Helsinki and its people, Inlace and uni. I'm very excited about being back home for a little and working on some secret projects that have started to brew this summer while learning and hustling in London. I'm excited to see where we can take Inlace next with Ona and Cata. Also I'm looking forward to round up my bachelor's at uni this year. No clue what next year will be about, but I quite love the feeling of the unknown future and the freedom about it.

 

what would your perfect sunday look like?

I'd wake up semi early, go for a little run or long sunday walk along the coast (with my dog, which I would obviously have on a perfect Sunday). After being out in the sun seeing the city wake up slowly I'd take the time to cook yummy breakfast while listening to some happy tunes and dancing in the kitchen. In the afternoon I'd cycle to the farmer's markets to pick up veggies and fruits for the week. In the evening I'd have friends coming over for dinner. A cozy candle lit gathering in my tiny urban veggie garden... hmmm I don't know in which city this would be possible but I'm determined to find the perfect place.

 

Favorite tunes at the moment?

This week's favourite has been Makeba by Jain. Also really looking forward to the new album of Say Lou Lou!

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.

meet the illustrator - Maybelle Jones-Nettey

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
ILLUSTRATION: Maybelle

 

I sat down with this absolutely gorgeous crab lady, who illustrated July's illustration for us. Her presence is strong and grounding. You can feel her passion to make this world more authentic and community centered. Let me share our afternoon talk from spirit animals to creating a more conscious party scene in Helsinki. 

To change and shake the idea of perfectionism. The stretch marks and curvy figure were all very much intentional. It’s time to embrace all of us. It’s time to stop idealising perfectionism. 

3 favourite feelings?

Trust, to be trusted by others. 

Community, to be part of a loving and supporting community. 

Taking care of others. 

Your favourite quality of yourself? 

Persistence, in moderation though. I always aim to be persistent with my goals and in life in general, but I'm a huge advocate for knowing when to stop. We can easily  be so obsessed over the destination that the journey totally loses its meaning. I would say it's Sisu with enjoyment and common sense. To enjoy  being in the moment.

Childhood dream?

Oh, Diana Ross. She was my idol, probably still is. I used to dance to her music all day. She is just magical. 

Spirit animal?

Whales. Just think about it, sing, swim and eat all day long. That's a good life over there. They are also very communal mammals and community is so much, so important. 

Favourite Summer day? 

In order to truly get the most of the moment, it would have to be spontaneous. A day at sea, would deffinately  warm my heart and relax me. 

Conscious actions you wish all of us would take?

To question it all. To question the social norm and ask what do you want? Are you  speed racing through life, being someone that someone told you to be. Give yourself time.

Safe space dancing spot? Share a little bit about that, 

We  wanted a safe, community kinda space where everyone would have the freedom to be as they are without unwanted attention or harassment. We also wanted to encourage and support emerging artists and increase diversity  in the local party scene.  We created MYÖS to experiment in collective ways  of organising events and workshops. Each one teach one -for us by us. Our second event is actually on Wednesday, come join us. 

 

women's bank

writer:ona Rihu
illustration: Saara helkala

"Empower a Woman"

"Empower a Woman"

Women's bank is a Finnish volunteer network that strives to provide women in developing countries a chance to become an entreprenour and build a career. 

"Women in Finland are known for their independence and equal status with men. Finnish women were the first in Europe to win the right to vote and the first in the world to be able to stand as candidates at elections. The country’s municipal day care system has since the 1970’s enabled women to work and have careers. Now Finnish women want to give other women a chance to succeed."

In just over ten years, Women’s Bank’s volunteer network has fundraised well over 10 million euros for women in developing countries.
This money is used for

  • financing projects that improve women's income, productive skills and rights. 
  • Microloans, upgrading skills and other activities in support of women’s entrepreneurial activity
  • Other new and innovative pilot projects focused on enterprises for women.

These donations can improve women's lives drastically. To give these women tools to build a career, to become self-employed and more independent is the best gift you can give. The opportunities this program can give to these women can change their lives for good. And for these amounts that we can so easily spend on a day out on the town, you can make a huge difference in someones life. 

I am guilty of getting caught up my everyday life and drowning myself mundane thoughts about what to have for dinner etc. And that's okay, sometimes your heart needs to rest for a while. But it's also important to remember the magnitude of everything around us. There is a lot of injustice in the world, and there is something that we can do about it. Even if it's a small thing to you, it can mean a lot to someone. Let's not close our eyes. 

So, what can I do?

  • With 15 euros you can pay for daycare so that mothers will be able to attend training.
  • With 30 euros you can enable a woman to receive vocational training, in other words get a profession.
  • With 50 euros you can support the business training of a woman.
  • With 75 euros you can gift a microloan to start a business

Read more about Women's Bank and their mission here

 

 

peachy hues and avocado seeds

writer: Emma Ranne
Pictures:  Manuel Zúñiga & Sydney Krantz 

Fragmentario SS18

Creating vibrant shades by extracting colours from vegetables, flowers and seeds sounds almost like magic to us - 

Often when speaking of natural dyes it's the vague yellowy brown colours we start to think of. Nothing too exiting or a tad too ''hippie''. But once you start to look into it, you soon learn that the world of natural colours is as wide as your imagination runs, and definitely fun to explore!

We've had our eyes on Fragmentario for the past couple of months, which has been inspiring us with its beautiful colour schemes using natural dyeing. Fragmentario is a Brooklyn based creative studio where beautiful designs are created with textiles and colours extracted from plants ranging from flowers and spices to seeds and vegetables. It inspires us to look at natural dyes in a new light. Would you have guessed that the beautiful peachy hues of the SS18 collection are created using avocado seeds? 

We had a chat with the lovely founder María Elena Pombo and were curious to learn more about natural dyes and what it is that inspires her work.


 

Hi Maria, can you please introduce yourself to our readers

My name is María Elena, but most people call me Mari. Under the moniker Fragmentario, I use plants to color fabric and create independent and commissioned work. I also teach natural dye workshops in my Brooklyn studio and elsewhere.

I am originally from Venezuela and moved to New York to study fashion design at Parsons. Afterwards I worked for some time as a designer for different companies here until I started working on Fragmentario full-time.

 

What sparked your inspiration to establish Fragmentario?

I come from a fashion background so my work will always relate to that industry in some way, but my most important inspirations for this project were found outside of fashion. Art book fairs, independent film festivals and the slow food movement gave me the perspective that questioning ideas that are normalized in society and proposing new systems can be very powerful, fulfilling and fun.

Fragmentario dress SS18

Can you tell us more about natural dyes?

Using plants and other natural sources for color was once a widespread practice across all cultures. When people think of natural dyes today, they think mostly of Mexico, Peru and India, but everywhere in the world, humans were making colors with what was available in their environments. The practice was also not limited to fiber, even cave paintings were done with a mix of animal, vegetable and mineral sources.

With the accidental invention of faster-acting and more consistent synthetic dyes in 1856, natural dyes were quickly replaced. In recent years, natural dyes have had a slow resurgence. Beyond the environmental appeal, they provide a greater connection between process and product and a way to connect with civilization's history.

 

How did you come up with the idea of using avocado seeds for dyeing?

After I graduated from Parsons I was helping my husband make bags inspired by vintage workwear. He didn’t like the colors we found when looking for organic cotton and proposed that we dye the fabric ourselves with nuts and onions. I was curious mostly theoretically. I imagined dull colors and a very complicated process.

He then showed me the work of Maura Grace Ambrose, a natural dyer in Austin who makes amazing quilts as Folk Fibers. With her work, I understood that the colors made with natural-dyes were very vibrant. I was most surprised by the color drawn from avocado seeds. The avocado is such an integral part of the culture in Venezuela where I grew up, yet I had never heard of its color properties.

 

Fragmentario Process Shot - Sydney Krantz

Fragmentario Process Shot - Sydney Krantz

We love the look of your first clothing collection!
What inspired you for when it comes for the design?

Thank you! As I said before, avocados were an important aspect of my upbringing, we even had an avocado tree at home, so using them brings good associations. I have also become very obsessed with their current ubiquity and the effects (good, bad and ugly) of their popularity. I wanted to explore working with them and using apparel as a medium to start conversations about waste, cultural heritage and time.

The silk and linen fabrics used are very luxurious but were found via deadstock fabric providers, so just as the avocado seeds, they are having a second life with this collection. Similarly, the design details share with the natural-dyeing process, a resistance to today’s obsession with speed. Using buttons, instead of zippers, and silk and cotton thread instead of polyester, it encourages both the maker and the wearer to slow down. It was important for me that these garments were recognizable as objects but that their time and context would be more challenging to identify. 

 

How do you try to be sustainable?

Sustainability means something different for many people. For this reason, while I try to be as conscious as possible, I don’t talk about my work as “sustainable” but focus instead on the specific measures I take: using food waste and deadstock fabrics, minimizing my water usage, working with a local factory that treats its employees with dignity… To me, focusing on the concrete actions I take, instead of vague notions, feels more honest and encouraging.

Finally, while there are serious reasons behind the way I work, there can be a lot of humor behind it. Stalking friends so they save their “trash” for me, visiting my factory when it’s one of their employee’s birthday and staying with them for cake, getting a good work-out with the physicality involved in natural dyes. I enjoy the process and emphasize this when talking about my work, as I feel this will be more sustainable in the long run.

 

Fragmentario - SS18 Ahuacatl

What would a perfect workday look like for you?

It would start with an early run and then being able to work with my hands and away from the computer and administrative tasks. Very simple but it rarely happens

 

what are three of those slightly random things that give you joy?

  1. Daylight.
  2. Being near the water.
  3. Running.

 

If we were visiting New York what three places would we definitively have to check out?

I think the magic of New York lies more in the experiences than on specific places. I am also a big fan of the East River, so anything that involves it I think is always a good idea.

First, you could take the Roosevelt Island Tramway from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island. It’s a commuter tramway so you can use the Metrocard (which is less than $3) and get some of the most unique views of the city.

You could then walk around Roosevelt Island itself. It has some of the most interesting architecture in New York City and plenty of secret little spots. We took the collection’s photos there for this reason! I run there often and I still discover new things every time I go.

Finally, you could take the ferry towards Wall Street for more amazing views and to experience being in the East River. You could stop your journey there, or continue to Rockaway Beach for a day at the beach!

 

YOU can shop the new Fragmentario's collection here, check out the stunning lookbook here and learn about the inspiration behind this collection here.

Photographer: Manuel Zúñiga , Model: Julia Fajardo, Stylist: David Gomez-Villamediana, Makeup Artist: Ayaka Nihei, Casting: Mitch Macken

 

 

 

vedic astrology one on one

WRITER: CATARINA BÖCKERMAN
Illustration: valentina

(cosmic)

Vedic astrology.&nbsp;Plan your future according to the stars. www.farfaraway.co

My first experiences with Vedic astrology were in the jungle somewhere near Ubud, Bali. This man only knew my name and birth details, but told me with specific details about who I was for a straight hour. I felt calmness and shock through the insights I had just received from this man. There was something special about hearing my story, past and future, through someone else’s words. After I landed back home to Finland from my adventures, I craved astrological support and a website called Farfaraway popped in front of me. This guy was also based in Bali, which felt like a sign, after all it was a place where I had experienced t a fair amount of my adventures. I signed up for his online reading and got even deeper within my astrological journey. He has been supporting me with his knowledge ever since I came back to Finland and didn’t have a clue what’s next. 6 months passed and Bali called me back and obviously I had to meet the person who’d been supporting me from the other side of the world. Let me introduce you to Gaurav, the guy who reads the stars for your personal development. 

 

So what’s the purpose of Vedic astrology?

To help you in your life. It shows what phases you’re in, so you can play your cards right at the right time.

 

How did you end up doing Vedic astrology?

Through my own hard times back in 2007. I understood that astrology could solve life problems and support me with my life decisions. One big key while I was learning more and more about astrology, was to not engage to all that that’s out there, but rather to create my own personal understanding of it. After gaining some confidence with my practise I tested my skills to real people, to test that what I was doing actually worked and wasn’t just a theory. 

 

So planets in space, what do they have to do with our personal lives?

When we’re born we are charged with specific energies, according to how are planets assembled at the specific time and place we’re born into. This makes all of us uniquely charged individuals with unique life purposes. In astrology this is called your birth chart.

 

So what’s the difference between Vedic and the most common western astrology? 

The biggest different is that they look at the zodiacs differently, Vedic is based on the moon and the western is based on the sun. The basic principles are the same, but the mathematics differ. They say the Vedic has been around for thousands of years, compared to western. But there’s a place for all, and it’s your personal choice which one suits you the most, or rather which one serves you the most. 

 

There’s these houses in astrology, what do they mean? 

The houses in Vedic astrology represents the different areas in our lives. When we understand in what planets rules our houses, we can use this knowledge as a map to help us with our lives and take off the burden we might carry with us. When we know it’s not the best time for a certain thing we know to focus on something else and this way use our energies wisely. We can't change the time and how things are folding, but we can take off the stress and stop over complicating things. 

 

The Houses :

1st personality & physical body

2nd finances & talents

3rd communications, learning & siblings 

4th home, mother, emotions & habits

5th creativity, pleasure seeking & art

6th daily work & health and wellness 

7th relationships of all kinds 

8th transformation aka death, rebirth & sexuality

9th travel & philosophy 

10th career & father

11th friends & humanitarian interests 

12th healing, spiritual development & the subconscious 

 

How do you use astrology?

I use astrology to see if it’s good time and place for me to do things. For example I plan my business through using astrology, to know when it’s the right time for specific things. This way I can be sure that I’m supported and not wasting my energies. Basically I use astrology to get support with the most critical choices you have in my life. 

 

Does my chart change when I travel?

When we relocate ourselves, the planets changes their places in our houses. Which basically means that if in Helsinki our marriage house is having hard times, when we relocate ourselves the energies in our chart changes and makes our love life easier. It’s always about looking what’s your objectives. If you’re focused on making money, it’s about looking in where there’s gonna be supportive energies to have positive cash flow. 

 

What’s the first step towards getting into Vedic astrology?

  1. Know your birth details, where and when were you born. Accurate time with city and country. 
  2. Make some research by yourself, to find out if it makes sense to you. Check out your moon, sun and arising sign, and see it that makes sense to you. When these 3 are combined together, it tells the person’s personality. 
  3. You can google by yourself to create an astrological map for you or get a reading online or offline.
  4. When doing your research it is important to understand that the perspective is everything, yours and the one who is providing information to you. Cause there’s always the good and bad in life, and in what you will sit on will be determined by what you focus on. So make sure that the person has a positive perspective behind their knowledge and that you’re positive with yourself as well. 

 

Do you use astrology everyday?

No I don’t use astrology every single day. I just need to see the picture of my life for the next 2 to 5 months and plan my life accordingly. This makes it easier to focus to the bigger picture and stay away of the superstitions of daily astrological movements, like how planets are assembled every single day. I only see which planets are effecting my life to most and make my decisions accordingly. 

 

Planets,

Saturn is teaching us some life lessons 

Jupiter is educating ourselves 

Sun is showing some limelight to us 

Mercury is helping us to show better communication 

Moon is our feelings

Venus is our sensuality

Mars shows us our courage

Uranus are responsible for the breakthroughs 

Neptune is our intuition 

Pluto is the change 

 

APPLY  THE LITTlE THAT YOU HAVE LEARNED, RATHER THAN LEARN TONS AND APPLY LITTLE.  It’s important to combine your own natural thinking process to what you’ve learned, rather than fill your mind with someone else’s thinking process. Using your natural common sense is a big key of using astrology as your map in life. To hear what your common sense, aka intuition, is telling you, practice meditation daily. If you have no control over your mind and you’re letting your mind wander and you’re really restless then your common sense can betray you. Bring more peace and quiet in to your life. 

 

Dive a little deeper,

www.the-numinous.com

www.cafeastrology.com 

www.saravali.de/articles/astakoota.html (relationship astrology - vedic)

 

Personal readings, 

www.astro.cafeastrology.com

www.astro.com 

www.farfaraway.co

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.

sustainable careers - hanna-amanda

Writer: Ona Rihu
Picture: Hanna-Amanda pant

Hanna-Amanda Guess

Founder of Savant Magazine, contributor at Mochni and Luxiders Magazine, and the mindful PR Agency JH Communications, Hanna-Amanada Pant has truly managed to build herself a career in the sustainable field. As a fashion journalist based in Paris, her days are spent sipping foamy cappuccinos at pavement terraces and writing about all things sustainability related. But how did she get to where she is now? We had the honor of asking Hanna-Amanda for her best tips and tricks for building your career sustainably. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, who is Hanna-Amanda? 

Since I was about 15 years old, I was visualising answering this question one day with one simple word, 'a writer'. However, 10 years later, and it is never as easy as one word! We all know that life leads us to unexpected roads sometimes. Today, I would describe myself as a curious sustainability journalist who is dedicated to changing the fashion industry for the better, and has an immense passion for activism work, as well as seeking unusual stories and doing a lot of social good. To get to the fun part, above all, travelling is definitely one of my biggest passions. My goal is to visit every single corner of this planet one day. 

 

You are the founder of Savant magazine. Can you tell us about your inspiration behind the magazine and the story of how it came to life? 

If there's this one question I always get asked - you definitely nailed it. 

I actually founded the magazine back in 2015 as a final major project at university. I studied Fashion Journalism in the outskirts of London at UCA that stands for University for the Creative Arts. When I was researching ideas for my final major project, well, first of all, I am a slow living advocate myself and I was definitely following some cult magazines, such as Kinfolk and Cereal. Yet at the time, I thought they're not offering as much thrill for us, fashion lovers. On the other hand, I suddenly came across a lot of inspirational fashion brands that had taken a slower approach and suddenly moving away from fast fashion, and asking a lot of questions, such as 'Who made my clothes?', 'Are the garment workers paid fair wages?', 'How can we revolutionise the entire fashion industry?' etc. So it was me wanting to publicise and showcase these unique and innovative brands, and for this new wave of brands doing more social good to have their place in the media. I really wanted to create a place for beautiful slow fashion. And I was sure I couldn't have been the only one who is a little more curious about contemporary sustainable fashion, and the future of fashion industry as we know it. 

Do you have any tips for someone who is interested in building a career in a creative sustainable way? 

I would say, stay true to yourself and find your own voice and market niche as a creator. In such a competitive and tough industry, you just have to bring your unique selling point to the market, and fight for being heard. After you've figured these most important things out, it's easier to stand out, as knowing exactly these very values that you stand for can help to avoid copying other creatives out there in the marketplace. And I do believe that everything that's authentic and honest will stand out and will find a way to reach the desired audiences. Following that gut instinct and remaining true to my personal taste - that has definitely been a motto of mine since I started out. 

Where do you find inspiration? 

Luckily, being self-employed has given me the most rewarding opportunity to travel the world and never fully be attached to a single location, or flat contract. I feel free when I travel and experience the different cultures and traditions all over the globe. It truly feeds my soul. I also think that the time when you're not seeking inspiration in particular is when you find it everywhere, like when flicking through books or rewinding your all-time favourite movies all over again. My latest source of inspiration, however, has been men's tailoring industry as my boyfriend works in the field!


and lastly,What advice would you give to a 18-year-old you?

This would be a bit contradictory, as I have always known exactly what I want and somehow found my way to having it. Despite this, I would say to myself: "Having it all is definitely a myth. You can never have it ALL all at once, but you can work your way to the top and achieve everything step-by-step, whether through hard work or luck or knowing the right people. And this is the only way of doing it.". There was a time in my life when I was trying to speed up every single process I was involved with and really push myself to the final limit to be what our society would call 'young and successful'. This is needless to mention my health and mental wellbeing suffered so terribly, but perhaps now I can look back and say I achieved my goal only in the eyes of other people. So, I would also tell myself to let go and stop worrying so much about the future and the 'what-if's and the failures, as it's all part of our journey as humans. And failures are often the most important bit. I would tell myself to really enjoy the ride, rather than spend some precious days and nights worrying that life hasn't happened according to a strict, pre-arranged plan... 

Thank you for sharing, we hope this will inspire people to pursue their dream careers in the sustainable field. It was a pleasure hearing from you!

ps. You can follow Savant Magazine on instagram here

And Hanna-Amanda here

 

 

kuu project
menstrual cups

Formative research shows that girls in Kenya face monthly challenges, with 65% of women and girls being unable to afford sanitary pads - the statistics show us an uncomfortable truth about how something that we are often so used to can be a huge issue somewhere else. The problem is much wider than only financial and causes larger challenges in the community. For example having a period can mean not being able to go to school for some girls, due to lack of restrooms or even just clean water. 

In Nairobi a lot of good work around this subject is done by the locals as well as NGOs. The idea is to raise awareness and so encourage people to talk more about periods which can still be a taboo in some communities. Kuu Project, created by our friends Emilia Laine, Valpuri Alanen, Anna Sarmanto, Mariana Mustelin and Tara Junker, is a tiny intivative that wants to help along with all the good work that has been done, especially by the locals. The girls were inspired by all the good work that has been done and wanted to do something too, if even just a bit. The bigger projects that also inspired Kuu Project have been striving to provide a long-term ecologically sustainable alternative to menstrual hygiene products for low income students in Nairobi. One way to this could be the menstrual cup.

Kuu project has already achieved its minimum goal of providing 100 menstrual cups to the community, but there is still time to support the cause so even more girls can be helped. Lunette has been closely helping with this project, which as a company puts a lot of effort in trying to make sure that girls and women everywhere have the availability to a healthy, sustainable and affordable option for period products. 

 

so Why menstrual cups?

  • Menstrual cups are the most ecologically sustainable alternative when it comes to period products. 
  • It's economically smart. By providing these girls with a menstrual cup, they are covered for the next 10 years.
  • Besides being economically and sustainably the smartest alternative around, menstrual cups are also the healthiest choice for when it comes to intime hygiene and period products. Lunette's high quality cups use medical grade FDA approved silicone and colorants and have gone through strict quality control. 

    (There is heaps of other good reasons. Check out Lunette for more info)

 

long term solutions through involving the local community

The projects are more about achieving long term solutions instead of just helping with the physical menstrual cups. Here the locals play an important role. Also with Kuu Project the local university has been closely involved, and the idea is to give the local students tools with which they can further improve the situation in their home communities. 

The goal is that the students in Nairobi will experience the menstrual cup as a concept that they would like to encourage their own social networks to use. If a university student is handed a menstrual cup and they see it as a solution to their problem, it's highly likely that they will then recommend it to their friends and maybe younger family memebers etc. The outcome of this will be monitored through questionnairies, which helps with further development of similar projects. 
 

How can i help?

  • Kuu Project has a fundraising page which you can still support until 11.6.2018
  • If you're in Helsinki on the 9th of June and love brunch you might want to meet us here .  Bring a friend and have an inspiring morning that involves delicious food and brewing new ideas. 


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