May 2012


OutsaPop Trashion <3 Paloni: T-shirt shredding soiree next Tuesday

OutsaPop Trashion <3 Paloni: T-shirt shredding soiree next Tuesday

Poster by Hanne Huotari

Varaa paikkasi kevään kuumimpaan Do it yourself -iltaan! Ensi tiistaina 29.5. klo 18-20 Palonissa revitään kierrätettyjen T-paitojen selkämyksiä uuteen uskoon OutsaPop Trashion -blogin Outi Pyyn opastuksella. Illan hinta 30€/hlö sisältää Outin mustaksi värjäämän armeijan käytöstä poistuneen T-paidan, opetuksen ja tarjoilut. Paikkoja on 20 nopeimmalle – varaa omasi lähettämällä ilmoittautumisviesti osoitteeseen info@paloni.fi.

Kuvia Outin aiemmista “harsopaitaprojekteista” löytyy mm. täältä. Paitojen repimistä nähtiin myös äskettäin Blogistania-ohjelmassa Outin blogia esittelevässä jaksossa.

Keväisin terveisin, Minna / Paloni

The art cabinet is ready!

Regards from the Recycling Factory – a mass event in Helsinki offering versatile content and presenting exhibitors for a sustainable lifestyle. The event was now organized for the fifth time and attracted almost 10.000 visitors during this weekend.

Paloni’s participation at the event was particularly exciting for two reasons. Firstly, we had a very special item revealed and presented at our stand: the Art Cabinet by Aino Louhi! We’ve wrote about this project at its earlier stages at its beginning and during the process. Secondly, I got to organize and moderate a panel discussion on ethical fashion at the event’s program stage. The panelists sharing their visions and personal tips on how to dress up personally and ethically were the internationally renowned model Kirsi Pyrhönen, the blogger of Kemikaalicocktail Noora Shingler and the researcher Jenni Räsänen. I will tell more about this discussion and its outcomes later on.

But now, let’s take a look at how an antique cabinet turned out to be in the hands of a young, promising Finnish artist. And don’t forget this extraordinary outcome – whatever you wish to call it – is for sale at Paloni, looking for a home to be changed.

Minna / Paloni

Aino Louhi Taidekaappi

 
Cabinet’s New Life

The Cabinet left my studio yesterday and headed for new adventures -leaving me waving behind, a little touched and quite proud. I’m hopeful it’s going to find people who will fall in love with it and give a good home for it and before that, I’m sure that it’s going to enjoy the inspiring and colorful athmosphere of Paloni.

Aino Louhi Taidekaappi

 

I do feel that I succeeded in changing the old cabinet’s nature completely. It’s fresh and modern but the beautiful, old details of it – carvings and such – stand out even better than before. I guess that is what recycling is all about: a new way of looking at things. Many people seemed to think there was no point in painting a perfectly ok antique cabinet. I myself would have never been interested in it as a furniture for my home; it was just too big and dark and clumsy-looking. So this was my interpretation of it. You may still think it was better the way it was – or you can see a whole new life of a cabinet.

Aino Louhi

Aino Louhi Taidekaappi

 
Aino Louhi Taidekaappi

Paloni on Finnish national TV

I was invited to a live morning TV show called Ykkösen Aamu-tv to talk about the current state and the future potential of ecological fashion. The visit was timed together with a big recycling event Kierrätystehdas at the Cable Factory, Helsinki this weekend. The other guest on the interview session was Seija Lukkala, the founder of Globe Hope.

Getting to see behind the scenes of making a live TV program was truly interesting – the the overall experience was very positive.

I was asked about how I see the current state of ecological fashion, and I told how interesting times I experience we’re living. The ecodesign and ecofashion fields are getting more and more professional and versatile, and at the same time consumers are seriously starting to look for better choices for buying clothing, which results in a growing demand for sustainable choices.

Ylen aamu-tv

 

When being asked about our growth plans, I revealed that the Paloni online store is opening very soon, on May 14th to be more precise!

Paloni on Finnish national TV

 

Me (left) and Seija Lukkala were interviewed by the Yle journalist Nicklas Wancke. I wore a HuivILO scarf (78€) from recycled / leftover fabrics, designed and made by Saara Kaaresmaa in Turku, Finland, a POGOSTICK failure Double Zipper Dress (147€) from textile industry leftover, designed and made by Minna Rytkönen and Emmi Korhonen in Kuopio, a Vietto Kimono Top (75€) from Finnish bamboo viscose jersey, designed and made by Minna Kaartinen in Helsinki, Lempiväri earrings (29€) from recycled pencils, designed and made by Elli Hukka in Helsinki, Finland, a 2. Elämä Medusa bracelet (29€) from recycled bicycle inner tube, designed and made by Yuan Long & Jaime De Vizcaya in Helsinki, Finland and Kiss kiss Art Stockings (23€) upcycled from Finnish seconds, designed and made by Maiju Ahlgrén in Helsinki, Finland.

Paloni on Finnish national TV
Recycled bicycle inner tube on my wrist - the 2. Elämä Medusa bracelet (29€).

Paloni on Finnish national TV

Color to the world - my yellow Kiss kiss Art Stockings (23€).

We presented two outfits from Paloni on models, the first one showing an example of using recycled materials so that the original material and its past life shows on the outcome and is a part of it, and the other one showing that eco fashion can be competitive youthful design and doesn’t necessarily need to underline the ecological aspects behind it.

Paloni on Finnish national TV

First Crush: Rea Dress from two recycled men's dress shirts (185€), designed and made by Mari Himmanen 
in Helsinki, Finland. Beloved Tea Spoon earrings (24€) from recycled Finnish tea spoons and fresh-water pearls,
designed and made by  Päivi and Janne Brunou in Mäntsälä, Finland.

Paloni on Finnish national TV

The second outfit presenting interesting current design made from recycled and leftover materials without
underlining the past life of the materials: Vietto headband from recycled leather, Vietto Silky top from
textile industry leftover silk & bamboo viscose jersey made in Finland, Vietto Hapsu Scarf from textile
industry leftover cotton jersey (52€) - all designed and made by Minna Kaartinen in Helsinki, Finland.

Paloni on Finnish national TV

 The bottom part of the second outfit: POGOSTICK failure Zipper Pants (169€) from Finnish textile industry leftover
cotton jersey, designed and made by Minna Rytkönen & Emmi Korhonen in Kuopio, Finland.

Paloni on Finnish national TV

 

The interview can be watched online for the next 30 days (only in Finland) at Yle Areena, starting from 20:25 on the clip.

Thank you to our models Laura and Essi, to the Ykkösen Aamu-tv crew and to Seija for this opportunity and experience!

Minna / Paloni

Designer of the Month: Mari Leppälä aka Molla Mills

Molla (in the middle) teaching crocheting at a workshop at Paloni on April 23rd.

Molla (in the middle) teaching crocheting at a workshop at Paloni on April 23rd.

How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I’m a serious but playful designer, wanting to leave my hand print to the culture and history of handicrafts.

How would you describe your label in five words?
Colors and graphics in crocheted loops.

Why handmade / locally produced?
As a handicrafter I tend to make all products by myself from materials I can find close. The feeling of making the whole product with my own hands is amazing. Only lately I have found the idea of sharing tasks with other people. This happened when I started studying at Taik, after years of independent working.

How are Molla Mills products ethical / ecological and what does this mean to you?
My products are local production, hand made in small quantities and the materials are mostly upcycled.

What are your most important sources of influence / inspiration?
Making a new collection has always been based on my mood. It can start after a period of ultimate happiness, depression or some other thing that’s going on in my life. It goes in cycles. Inspiration can be found from many places, mostly from seeing and experiencing new things. Negative experiences can as well create inspiration and give new perspectives on my works.

My works can be labeled as vintage inspired, since I’m a big fan of the 40s and 50s aesthetics, but slowly modernism and graphic patterns are conquering my head.

Molla (right) teaching how to make a crocheted basket.

 Molla (right) teaching how to make a crocheted basket.

How has your experience as a Paloni designer been?

I bumped into Paloni by accident, and I fell in love with the unique atmosphere immediately. Minna has a great sense of style and I can only be happy to be one of Paloni designers. It almost feels like having a community of designers – the atmosphere at Paloni is very intensive and positive.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Just walk in.

I’ve been horrified by socializing when I was younger, but I realized that if I stay in my murky room with rolls of yarn, I can never meet other creative people – or realize that they have the same fear. “Just walk in” simply means contacting people and being proud of yourself.

Your words of advice for aspiring designers / artists?
Find your own style, make it strong and let it show.

What is the most memorable highlight of your career as a designer so far?
It’s all of those moments when I realize a new idea is working out well and that people are interested in it. I’m a very down-to-earth person, I don’t usually think too far before things move on, but at this moment I have butterflies in my stomach when thinking about the near future and my first book Virkkuri to be published.

Please continue the following sentence: My passion is…
Yarn. Rough, semi-thick fisherman’s cotton yarn in natural white color. If I ever turn into zombie I will start yearning for yaaaaarn.

Molla's hand-crocheted baskets at Paloni. Prices start at 17€ per piece.

Molla's hand-crocheted baskets at Paloni. Prices start at 17€ per piece.