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Something for Marjut

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When I am making any new designs I have someone in my mind. Usually it is a singer or actor, sometimes a friend. This time it was a friend. We went to meet with Marjut – a friend that moved away from Helsinki – on November and I wanted to design something just for her.

Waxed chord is one of the things I really like on polymer clay necklaces. It is both soft and hard – depending on stringing. She likes to wear long necklaces and is very fond of reds and violets. Also she is the kind of person who likes fresh flowers and candles so I wanted to make her something colorful with hint of oriental feeling in it. This is the design I came up to.

This is not the actual necklace I ended up giving her – I made parts for two different necklaces and on spur of the moment decided that the violet one is more her. Unfortunately I did not take any pictures from it. A common mistake I keep repeating 😉

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Ode to Tommi Toija

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tommitoijaI visited Tommi Toijas exhibition Mutatis Mutandis at Amos Anderson Art Museum twice. The second time it was last day of the exhibition. The museum was quiet and I truly had time to stop and feel everything.

Black clay, odd human figures,  plenty of pastel pink/orange glazing both matte and shiny. Lots of emotions – Strangers  standing by each other in huge room without taking direct eye contact to any other human figures in that room. Reacting in their own isolation to things unknown to viewer.

I don’t know if I understand any of it but it still felt true and inspiring.

I knew I had to do something with rough surfaces and colors from his work. I did not want to use paint so I made several technical tests until I was able to use thinned out polymer clay both as base and paint.

This two-sided pendant is what came out of that.

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“Tommi Toija”, 2014

Polymer clay, metallic wire

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