Waste Side Story – Fashion Show

 

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Waste Side Story fashion show, what I went to see on last Friday was the best catwalk what I’ve ever seen live for many reasons. It was ecological, there was interesting and fresh small collections from 10 small Finnish brands + Alex Noble Workshop creations, show was contiguous but varying, styled and produced successfully. That is unfortunately too rare in Finland.

The show was part of Helsinki Design Week 2014 and it was held in Teurastamo’s Autohalli on September 12th. Pure Waste Textiles had offered their 100% recycled denims and tricots to Finnish small brand designers to make small collections for the show (wish I would have been one of the lucky ones!).

Pure Waste Textiles started in 2013 and it won immediately Fashion Act of the Year 2013 prize. Their textiles are the first 100% recycled fabrics in the world made of the waste of mainstream textile industry such as leftover cuttings, cotton and threads. Denims are made in China and cotton tricots in India. In their factories there’s also taken care of safety, workers rights and there’s nearly all the time some Finnish person present watching that everything works ethically and legally right.

Owners and inventors of Pure Waste Textiles have also company called Costo, where’s on sale accessories and T-shirts what they have designed from Pure Waste fabrics. There was used a lot of Costo’s accessories for styling in Waste Side Story fashion show.

http://www.purewastetextiles.com/
http://www.costo.fi/

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Probably the favorite from all designers in the show was I Made This. Designer Tiina Palm had dyed and bleached denim and tricots on different techniques from hand painting to batik dye. She had also made knit from tricots, what she had dyed for different color tones. Clothes were hippie style but at the same time fresh and new. It was also nice that some of the clothes were more colorful in the show, because there were naturally used a lot of tones of blue denim and white and black tricots, Pure Waste Textile’s colors.
http://cargocollective.com/imtstreetwear

Another collection, what tickled my taste was Pogostick Failure’s punk style. Their ideas for clothes were based on large patch type punk prints and different characters like boxer and cheerleader for styling clothes to show. When the show was based on waste fabrics and the show got name Waste Side Story print “Wasted” got also a new meaning. Good street fashion!
http://www.pogostickfailure.com/

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Haldin’s collection varied the most from the others, because they had so colorful prints, what had changed white and black jerseys to look their own style. I got information how their prints were done straight from Leena Haldin, who told that on white jerseys they had first printed base colours with open screen and then prints from their Fall collection on top. On black jersey they had printed the Fall prints. They had also done one intarsia knit from the black and white jersey. Haldin really has own, beautiful and advanced style to do their printed fabrics.
http://haldin.fi

Poola Kataryna had also more colorful collection than the most of the other designers and she had used some of fabrics what can be seen in use also in her former collection on her website. She used also Pure Waste Textile’s dark denim and tricots and she had designed funny “emoticon” type folio print. I read from her website that she her print patterns were handprinted in Forssa and I think that that folio prints for this show were printed there too.
http://www.poolakataryna.fi/

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In fashion shows there’s good to be showstopper outfit or couple and for this show Paula Malleus with her indians and pannier denim “princess” dresses did that with her entire collection. Clothes were more theater costumes than fashion even without headpieces, but they were still imaginatively done and a good as a proof from her sewing skills. Without them the show wouldn’t be so ambitious and pannier dresses looked great on catwalk.
http://remake.fi/mem/

Alex Noble Workshop was held as workshop in Helsinki Design Week, where people could sign up. Alex Noble is style guru, who has done art, fashion, films and event design. He has designed for instance to Lady Gaga. Workshop was held if I understood in the same day and I think that those who were got in the workshop had already sewed something from the Pure Waste Textile’s fabrics and the clothes were styled with Alex Noble’s assistance. I think there have been participants mainly from the designers of the show. In the picture on right below is the last outfit of the show and as you see, there’s only coat, not entire outfit.
http://alexnoblestudio.com/fashion/

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Waste Side Story fashion show was produced by Marjo Kuusinen, who has designed and arranged fashion shows before for Kaksi Två. Stylist, who had done excellent work with Costo and Aarikka was Annette Heiskanen and beautiful models were from Studio Eneas. All the clothing designers in the show were Arela, Burlesque Tsunami, Haldin, I Made This, Liisa Riski, Nurmi, Poola Kataryna, Pogostick Failure, Paula Malleus/Remake EkoDesign and Riivari. Accessories and jewellery were by Aarikka, COSTO and Nannanda. Shoes by Saint Vacant and Anna Artemova, Burlesque Tsunami, Emmi Malmström Shoes and RARA.

Some of the designers have made only a couple of collections, but they anyway had their own small branded company. Waste Side Story was excellent opportunity to present clothes in “proper” big fashion show for small company designers. There would be a good possibility to raise up Finnish fashion design brands for audience and start to arrange a couple of bigger fashion shows consisting of small brand designers in Helsinki Design Week. Small Helsinki Fashion Week inside Helsinki Design Week would be good!
http://www.helsinkidesignweek.com/
http://www.helsinkidesignweek.com/programme/waste-side-story-pure-waste-friends-muotinaytos/

See all the photos I took from the show here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/98052824@N03/sets/72157647217706749/

Paperitaidetta Sompasaaren graffitiseinään

 

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Näiden oikean ihmisen kokoisten paperisten naishahmojen kanssa tekemäni projekti oli monien vastoinkäymisten takana, joista kerroin jo aiemmassa blogipostissani ja kerron tässä vielä lisää. Projekti oli sen verran kokeileva ja monista itsestäni riippumattomista muuttujista kiinni, että minulla on mennyt huomattavasti enemmän aikaa tämän tekemiseen kuin olin ajatellut.

Lähdin toteuttamaan tätä projektia ajatuksenani saada katutaiteestani mielenkiintoinen ja tasokas valokuva, josta olisi tarkoituksena teettää suhteellisen kookas valokuvatuloste tai pari taidenäyttelyä varten. Tämä projekti veti minut kuitenkin täysin ulos omasta aikataulustani ja Sompasaaresta saatu kuvamateriaali on mielenkiintoista, mutta ei ihan sitä mitä olin etukäteen ajatellut. Ylimpänä on käsittelemäni valokuva, jossa olen muuttanut taustalla olleen graffitin väritystä, jotta hahmot näkyisivät paremmin. Sen alapuolella olevassa kuvassa on graffitin oikea väritys.

Sompasaaren aukealla, vielä tällä hetkellä suurimmaksi joutomaana olevalla alueella meren rannassa on lähes kilometrin mittainen luvallinen graffitiseinä. Seinä on rakennettu puulevyistä, jolloin seinässä näkyy selvästi levyjen välit ja se on epätasainen maalikerroksista muodostuneiden möykkyjen takia. Graffitiseinä on todella ahkerassa käytössä ja luultavasti tähän mennessä jo satoja kertoja päällekkäin maalattu. Sompasaareen mennessään ei voi tietää varmasti minkälaiset graffitit seinän eri kohdissa on, vaikka olisi käynyt edellisenä päivänä katsomassa tilannetta, sillä seuraavana päivänä joku voi olla jo maalannut tai maalaamassa niiden päälle.

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Valitsin paikan mihin liimasimme hahmot kaverini kanssa graffitin ja graffitiseinän takana olevan näkymän perusteella niin, ettei takana näkyisi valtava sorakasa. Graffiti taustana on tyyliltään sarjakuvamainen ja niinpä tein naishahmoihinikin sarjakuvamaisuutta, mikä ei ole aivan ominta tyyliäni ja vivahteeltaan muotipiirrostyyliksi vähän vitsikäs. Alkuperäiset hahmot ovat kooltaan vajaa 60 cm korkeita, jotka valokuvasin ja tein Photoshopilla ja PosteRazorilla oikean ihmisen kokoisiksi.
 
Sompasaari on paikkana todella avoin ja valoisa. Valokuvissa näkyy suureksi osaksi pelkkää taivasta ja graffitiseinä on lähes ainoa pystysuuntainen asia kuvissa. Seinästä tuli kuviin helposti tummahko taivaan palaessa monista kohdista puhki. Minulla on käytössä vain Canon EOS 600D:n perusobjektiivi 18-55 mm ja näihin kuviin on tehty aika paljon kuvankäsittelyä, jotta nämä näyttävät tältä. Kuvat ovat oikein hyviä blogikäyttöön, mutta en ole kuitenkaan täysin vakuuttunut, että kannattaako minun lähteä käyttämään rahaa suurien kuvatulosteiden tekemiseen.

 

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Olen tuntenut pientä pakokauhua tähän projektiin käyttämäni ajan, rahan ja siitä saadun lopputuloksen kanssa, koska en ole edistynyt juuri lainkaan taidenäyttelyprojektin kanssa. Näyttelystä ei myöskään ole luvassa rahaa luultavasti lainkaan, jos en myy yhtään työtä. En ole käyttänyt pientä Kansansivistysrahastosta saatua apurahaani vielä kokonaan, mutta minulla on alkanut olla painetta ja kiinnostusta myös oman portfolioni, verkkosivuni uusimiseen teknisesti paremmaksi ja Natja K. Ethical Collection -oma projekti verkkosivun tekemiseen työnäytteenä. Taidenäyttelyidean taustalla oli samalla tehdä uusi kuvitusporfolio, mutta tämän katutaideosion tekeminen on todellakin vienyt liikaa aikaa. Ainakaan minulla ei ole tekemisen puutetta tänä syksynä miten tahansa tästä nyt etenenkin.
 
Linkki projektiin Behance-sivullani: https://www.behance.net/gallery/19573313/Fashion-Illustration-On-Graffiti-Wall

 

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Making Jewelry After Inspiring Egypt Ceramics Class

 

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Here’s jewelry, what I made after ceramist Karoliina Tuovinen’s Egypt ceramics class. Egypt ceramics is self glazing paste, what gives a couple of intensive colors to ceramics like turquoise, lime green, intensive dark blue and plum violet.

Egypt ceramics pastes can be also mix together to make different color tones from the original paste colors. Egypt paste is quite hard to mold, because it is slacker than other ceramics clays. In ancient Egypt they made skarabee jewelry of it and I also tried to do them by using Karoliina’s plaster molds, but the soda of Egypt ceramics paste mainly eat away the plaster molds and skarabees didn’t managed very well. Skarabees are beatles made from turquoise Egypt ceramics. I recommend all Karoliina Tuovinen’s ceramics classes and you can find them here: http://karoliinatuovinen.com/kurssit/ Classes for this fall are coming soon!

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Above are pearls what I made before they were smoked in the ceramics oven. Below are my skarabees, that looked so childish that I didn’t use them. They look a bit like candies. When I started to make jewelry of the Egypt ceramics pearls, I collected all broken jewelry what I had for recycling use with ceramics pearls.
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Skull & Turquoise Necklace

– Turquoise Egypt ceramics pearls
– Recycled black and white bone pearls (original jewelry from H&M)
– Recycled skulls are given by one friend
– Recycled silver leafs (original jewelry from H&M)
– Black and silver string from Eurokangas
– Black nylon thread

Fake Skarabee & Turquoise Necklace

– Turquoise Egypt ceramics pearls
– Recycled skarabee style silver jewelry from flea market
– Recycled silver leafs and silver string (original jewelry from H&M)
– Recycled black bone pearls (original jewelry from H&M)
– Recycled black plastic pearls and silver string (original jewelry from H&M)
– Black nylon thread

 

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Indian Style Feather & Turquoise Necklace

– Turquoise Egypt ceramics pearls (original jewelry from H&M)
– Recycled diamonds and silver string + glass pearl (original jewelry from H&M)
– Recycled black feathers and silver string (from earring I found)
– Recycled black plastic pearls (original jewelry from some small shop from Amsterdam)
– Black nylon thread

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Glass & Green Egypt Ceramics Pearl Necklace

– Glass heart jewelry is some retro jewelry from 1970’s
– Green Egypt ceramics pearls
– Recycled green glass pearls (original jewelry from H&M)

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Green Glass & Green Egypt Ceramics Pearl Necklace

– Green Egypt ceramics pearls. Lime green is original Egypt ceramics paste color and darker green pearls are mixed with turquoise and dark blue paste.
– Recycled green glass pearls (original jewelry from H&M)

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Green Glass Pearl Necklace

– Recycled green glass pearls (original jewelry from H&M)

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Plum Egypt Ceramics Pearl & Mixed Recycled Pearls Necklace

– Plum violet Egypt ceramics pearls
– Amethyst jewelry from 1970’s
– Recycled gold glass pearls (original jewelry from H&M)
– Recycled Chinese pearls (original jewelry bought from some shop in Amsterdam)
– Recycled metal pearls (original jewelry from H&M)
– Recycled black bone pearls (original jewelry from H&M)

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