There hasn't really been time to write about everything I've done recently because I've been too busy doing it! The already hectic spring came to a close with a bunch of things happening at once.
My students' concert
With the help of some of my students' amazing parents we organised a concert in the beautiful Djursholm. Everybody rose to the occasion and played really well. I'm proud of the whole lot of my students and happy to continue with them in the fall!
My own concert
Last week I played my own concert at NAV where I also have a design studio, to test drive their new piano and to celebrate my home country Finland's 100th birthday as an independent nation. My program consisted of Finnish classics for solo piano and piano-violin duo and a PowerPoint presentation. The idea was to bring the music closer to the listener by telling a little bit about the pieces before performing them, a concept I've successfully used before at the Wäinö Aaltonen museum in Turku and at Stockholm's Konstakademien. With the help of the production team at NAV and my violinist partner in crime Zaida Ponthin, I gave my audience a sample of popular Finnish classics that might not all be so well-known abroad.
The concert was advertised by Opus Norden and NAV, the British International School of Stockholm wrote about it in their newsletter and I was interviewed by Sveriges Radio a few days before. Thanks for the publicity to all my networking channels! The event was a success and I have a future project going on with a similar theme... Here are some links related to the concert:
- event (in Swedish) at NAV
- concert calendar (in Swedish) at Opus Norden
- interview (in Finnish) at Sveriges Radio
In other news, I'm now designing some seriously awesome stuff for next fall's burlesque festival. In the meantime I'm a month away from the fittings of a golden unconventional wedding dress (looking forward to it!) and I've just finished the kimono (above) I was making for a client, colleague and friend, the soprano Saara Rauvala. I thoroughly enjoy making unique garments like this: it's actually a tailor-made one-of-a-kind copy of an existing garment. Sometimes a client has something they like, but they want something similar in a different color, or maybe the original's just seen better days. All they need to do is come and shop for fabrics or scavenge second hand shops with me, choose a material, lend me the original garment and I'll make a copy of it with possible alterations and always the feel of quality handcraft to the finished product. Saara will feel comfortable in this kimono and can focus entirely on her singing!
Naantali music festival, day 1
The beginning of summer marks of course the start of the annual Naantali music festival where I'm currently doing my 7th year as a member of the production crew. Two intense weeks of world class concerts are ahead! Get to know the program HERE and I'll see you in Naantali, Finland, the home of the Moomin World and one of the best chamber music festivals ever.
I've now updated the design-section of my website to give an idea of what kind of sewing and design- work I've done in the past. The pictures are in two categories: clothing I've made for clients and for myself from scratch, and reconstructed pieces or garments made out of recycled materials.
I can't wait to post pictures of my current projects, a kimono and a wedding dress. I still have time for a few more orders this spring so let's see what happens...
Fräulein Frauke, one of the brightest stars of the European cabaret and burlesque world, visited me at my sewing and design studio last week! We brainstormed about both of our upcoming projects and thought about the different ways in which we could collaborate in the future.
Fräulein Frauke is a true artist and a multi-tasker. She tours the world performing, and at her hometurf in Stockholm she has started a nowadays well-established burlesque club from scratch. Her events bring the world's biggest cabaret and burlesque names together and are a truly inspiring way to spend an evening. Nothing to do this week's saturday (May the 6th)? It's time for Frauke's Bohemian Spring ball at Nalen, Stockholm!
Sometimes one evening of fabulousness isn't enough, and this year Stockholm is in for a treat when Frauke organises an epic 2-day event in October. I'm pleased to say my handprint will also be seen in the production! Can't wait to find out more and get started.
This week went by really fast. The biggest news is that I’m now officially represented by Opus Nordens artists, and I’m also going to be seen at their amazing music school in Danderyd on a more regular basis. Opus Norden is a small music school that specializes in classical music. Nowadays many culture schools and bigger music schools lay their main focus on pop and rock, but at Opus Norden they nurture the traditions and always aim for high quality.
In the past I’ve had the pleasure of working as a correpetitor for their choirs, conducted by the multi-talent Ragna Fagelund who’s also the founder of Opus Norden. The school offers among other things singing classes, choir classes, voice training and piano lessons, of which I’ll be running a course tailor-made for retired seniors. Working at Opus Norden as an artist and piano teacher is going to be an exciting addition to my ever-growing list of things I fill up my working weeks with.
I might be many things, but a web designer isn't one of them! I'm still glad to finally present my very own website. Under the next few days I'll be editing the site and this blog will from now on be updated regularly. You can expect a variety of blog posts about all the different areas of my expertise and interests. Now that the basic structure of the site is done I'll finetune the rest and hopefully it'll be a good digital representation of what it is that I do.