This is the feeling. Winter bye-bye. Would you please go on your way to somewhere else than Helsinki? It has been cold days recently. So cold that I read on the news that even the migratory birds rather turn back from Finland’s border. Too cold, let’s wait for a while, they seem to think. Right now it is even snowing. Sigh.
This fragile lady in black outfit felt like a relative to the character from Ghibli anime Spirited Away, Faceless. Dressed in black, slightly sad face. Google it if you don’t know it. Fits good in the mood of cold April in Helsinki this year.
Oh, I love these people. People who doesn’t give a shit what is in fashion or considered stylish at the moment. The patterned flared jeans, 80’s style leather jacket, pink rolled and knitted scarf on the neck. Tall skinny guy eyes alert to watch what is happening around.
At the moment there was an art happening going on in Kamppi shopping center. Katja Tukiainen is the artist that uses a lot of pink color. She was mastering a community art happening going on at that moment. Any passerby could take part in the big scale painting. The colour available was all shades of pink, light pink, pink pink, reddish pink, almost red.
I wonder if the guy illustrated here was going to take part in the painting session. I was already on the way forward.
Here is the link if you are interested to know more about Katja Tukiainen Art.
Includes a lot of undisciplined Girl Power.
Few weeks ago I attended a graphic design day Vuoden Huiput Festival in Hotel Clarion, Helsinki. Vuoden Huiput is the competition of the best graphic design of the year in Finland. You may believe that when a bunch of creative people gather together, there is definitely some common feature that points out in the sense of style.
Few years ago the it-thing among graphic designers was massive black square glasses. But now the eyewear seems to be more brownish and roundish. Instead the biggest common trend among young male graphic designers in Helsinki right now is the tiny black beanie.
The beanie sits tight in the head both indoors and outdoors. I counted six guys wearing black beanies. The rest of this illustrated gentleman above is a combination of the target group "black beanie guys". Beards, plaid shirts, black pants, shy posture. Maybe the warm beanie gives a feeling of shelter in the wild world of our times.
My steps walked a block amount the same journey with this lady. Interesting combination with the somewhat military style cape and turban hat. All accessories colored to match together perfectly. Saved to mind and drawn later. Check.
There has been a revival of turban hats already a few years. When I was kid it was only senior ladies who used turbans. The ones were made of panther pattern or red vine color tone velvet's. Many times combined with extra amount of black eye liner, emerald green eye shadow and lipstick. In my teen age years I thought that when I am old I start to use turban too.
But as mentioned, why wait old age! Turban hats has truly made it’s way back to women’s heads in all age groups. At least in Helsinki. There is cotton options for summer and merino wool for winter. Not to mention the fact that the turban is perfect accessory for bad hair day.
Where to get your own turban hat?
Herné products in Weecos >
I have bounced in to pretty new Finnish label Herné. It is available in Weecos webshop. It is a label of Heli Väätäinen and based on ecological and ethical values. All her products are hand made in Helsinki.
Ainamuoti Hatshop from Tampere Finland >
Another option found from Internet is Ainamuoti (in English Alwaysinfashion) Hat shop from Tampere Finland. They seem to have pretty decent selection of turbans. Even made of merino wool. If you prefer click your way to English version of the shop on the site.
If you are not familiar with Weecos, sustainable marketplace – it is the best place to find ecological products from Finland. It gathers responsible companies under one platform and gives consumers easy opportunity to make better choices in terms of sustainability. There is a wide variety of products for home, men, women, kids, bags and purses, accessories, jewelry, shoes, beauty and cosmetic products.
Go ahead and make visit to Weecos >
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Folks it is Friday and we have weekend ahead. Many ideas rolling in the head what fun things to do. For a lazy Sunday a visit to a tranquil museum is a good alternative.
We just had a marvelous Amadeo Modigliani exhibition in Helsinki Ateneum Art Museum. Wow I was amazed to realize Modigliani had painted my portrait some ninety years ago. Look at above… I am just kidding. Truth is I felt a need to paint a Modigliani style selfie after the visit to the exhibition.
There seemed to be a formula and style that makes Modigliani's the way they are known for. Long neck, narrow long nose, slightly tilted head, eyes without details, some African influence from sculptures and consistent color palette.
I have heard an advice given to young people that are studying illustration. “Try to find a style of your own. When you find it stick to it and never change.” In Modigliani exhibition I had the feeling he had heard the same advice. Well, success it was.
Modigliani was not strongest guy in the means of health and therefor he passed away in his thirties. His time as active artist lasted only ten years. I wonder if his painting style would have evolved in time. As sample his time buddy Picasso's art was in constant change until his death. Or would Modigliani have been the guy who exaggerates the longitude of necks and noses for the decades in the same manner.
Now we can only guess. The show is over in Ateneum but if you’d like to read the biography and other background stories about Modigliani you can visit Ateneum Amadeo Modigliani in web.
Yesterday the headlines of tabloid press were screaming: infernal cold period is approaching to stay for days to Finland. It’s been like this in this winter. The winter coldest weather comes in waves. This is already third time that the inferno of freezing cold is coming to Helsinki.
The gentleman in this post is captured from the last coldness cap of a wave. The layering and color theme captured my attention. Everything tinted to orange, browns, stripes of pants, details in sneakers and even his beard was reddish. A counterweight to the camouflage pattern backpack and hoodie. Yes, I’m impressed.
Well, inferno and inferno of coldness. All is good as long as you have proper gear. Woolen layer is the base of happiness.
In Finland we have the saying: Who will raise the tail of the cat unless the cat itself.
Yesterday offered one of a kind surprise, when my Helsinki Street Style illustrations were featured in Doodlers Anonymous Member Spotlight series. I have been participating in their new feature where you can upload illustrations to given sections, like Portrait, Post-It Notes, Sketchbooks, Doodles on Objects, Urban Sketching…
In Doodlers Anonymous words:
Join the Doodlers Anonymous community of over 18,000+ doodlers and submit to the gallery. You'll get your artwork in the spotlight, interact with your peers and more. It's easy and free.
It seems they liked my stuff, and I had my 15 minutes of fame. I especially like the definition:
Her brutally honest blog ”Flash for Zonzon” shows an even greater extent of her artwork with a short, quirky narrative about exactly what she saw that day. What a great way to document the current, ever-changing fashion trends of your city!
Thank you my friends in Doodlers Anonymous!!!
Here is the link to the story: Doodlers Anonymous Member Spotlight: Sanna Pyykkö
And what about you? If you find your post-it notes filled with doodles, welcome to club!
The other day I was traveling home with metro and saw this guy. The arrogant facial expression tells the story of inconvenience. Forced to travel among the people. Oh, at least the music (or whatever he is listening) gives some barrier against the existing situation.
His haircut gives him a poetic touch together with the feather hanging the bag. The feather itself is a life saver reflector, which will flash when the light hits it in the middle of dark.
He is a good example of the Finnish state of mind. It is the fact that a Finn needs a lot more space around than many other nations. In a crowded place like metro it may feel more convenient to stand instead of sitting next to strangers.
Sometimes I think fashion is an ultimate form of degeneration. Walking around town quickly reveals the latest trend in fashion. Every other person looks like fallen and has therefore torn trousers knees. Ripped slit manifest itself some attention in the form of pale knees.
Then I found even from local grocery store jeans with ready made slits in knees. Humanity has come this far that we buy clothes that are pre torn for us. I think this is degeneration if any.
In these days when we should put all our effort to sustainable development this trend feels foolish. Okay maybe I’m getting old and intolerant. Forgive me.
This poor guy is my mannequin that shows us this ripped knees trend. Another trend is the quilted jacket he has. Shiny quite narrow sausage jacket, as I call it. Fits well for a narrow guy as he. Well considered detail was in his manner to reveal the ankles by rolling up trousers legs. Slender ankles, I admit.