Hurry up! Send your letter (love letter, season’s greetings, note to say hi  – anything) to this amazing international collaborative art  project!

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  1. Go to
  2. Write your greeting
  3. Include the address it goes to

AND Voila! An artist somewhere in the world will beautifully hand-write it for you. I am one on the volunteer artists in this year’s project. And I have to say, this is the coolest volunteer project I have ever been involved with.

Hurry up! It’s for one week only (Nov. 11-17, 2013)!!!

Br, Olesja

My love for black & white and everything Chanel…chanel 1 chanel 2

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Here are some perfume bottle illustrations I made. The size is 50 cm * 70 cm, so they are pretty large. What’s cool about them, is that these are made on wood panels. The parts where the liquid is supposed to be are not colored in or slightly tinted, so that one can see the wood pattern. It looks like liquid. I really like these, even if I say so myself. This technique turned out great!

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  you can see the pattern well on this close-up:



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  • Miss Dior Cherie (pink)
  • Miss Dior Cherie (green)

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Something really cool happened! My exhibition was mentioned on Elle Finland website.

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The texts says:

Fashion Illustrations in Punavuori

Fashion Illustrator’s Olesja’s works can been admired in the “Beautiful Things” -exhibition in gallery Jade in Helsinki. The subjects of illustrations are perfume bottles, haute couture clothes and women’s portraits. The style varies from sharp black and white to soft strokes of brushes in pastel colors.

The works can be seen until the end of the month.


Every once in a while I make an illustration I REALLY like. Really really. Like this one.


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The colors and make-up are quite 80’s.

“I love me” is beauty & health fair held in Helsinki. (Whoever came up with that tacky name…?!) In any case, there were some nice things to see. Here are interesting small bits and pieces which found their way into my camera:

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hand-painted perfume bottle:

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2013 Young Designer – Ernesto Hinojosa

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mmmm…strawberry marshmallow…

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Here are some illustrations I did for Diamo earlier:




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There were many bridal & wedding themed stands there too. Not really an actual topic for me, but very nice designs and details there nevertheless:


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Open back. That’s a statement.

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Snowqueen attributes:

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This is gorgeous:

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And there were these fur things!

Genius design: bits of mink in a leather jacket, thus avoiding the full volume added from fur. Yet elegant. And the skirt is more fluffy fox, which is also sawn with special technique to avoid volume and weight.

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And this is breath-taking:

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Statement gems:

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Naturally had to visit Jukka Rintala’s stand:

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This crystal vase is actually pretty cool. I love the graphic triangular shapes here.


Similar geometry here (with Marika Bisou Nordic):

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And then we went to Bianco shopping night (sushi + shopping + champagne) arranged by Heidi Tuominen who was chosen to be in the Bianco Army, but more on that later:


Weekends are awesome.

Here are some pictures from the exhibition. More to come.

Thank you everybody who came. I had a wonderful day!

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Photos by me & Pini.

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Some pictures from the event “Sä, mä ja design“. The multi-designer fashion show included Jukka Rintala’s creations. Here is some elegance and glamour I managed to capture into my mobile.

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And I really loved this jacket with the bow. Aaah….

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Legends of Shalimar by Guerlain. It’s love.

I had a business trip recently to Stockholm, the meeting was very short actually, so it was a wonderful opportunity to book some extra hours for the city. And I have to say, Stockholm has a lot to offer. Not only it is a very beautiful city with lots of things to do – but at the moment there are FOUR fashion exhibitions running! How perfect for me is that?! Indeed, it was a very perfect day. Here is my visual report. Enjoy!


1. Helmut Netwon in Fotografiska (B)

Helmut Newton’s legacy is a significant one. He had a vivid and perverse imagination, but he was not an illustrator of fantasies; his skill was in building his pictures from all that he had so sharply observed in the world in which he lived, that of the sophisticated bourgeoisie. In this regard, he was first and foremost a notable social anthropologist and satirist. And it is his shrewd distillation of all that he had witnessed that gives his images the ring of truth and their lasting hold.

May 31 – September 29, 2013  Address Fotografiska , Stadsgårdshamnen 22 , 116 45 Stockholm

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“I love vulgarity. I am very attracted by bad taste…”newton 2

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This one too. So sensual. And strange. Like invasion of privacy. Who are they to each other? Why are people staring? Why is she so calm, knowing there are others in the room?newton 9

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Other illustrations in Fotografiska:

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It was absolutely awesome. But it gets better. Next:

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaulthier in Design and Architecture Center (E)


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This was pretty cool. The mannequins had faces projected on them, so they were lively – smiling, looking, talking…

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I like the contrast how these 2 pictures are situated next to another – white soft angelic vs. black rough almost sticky




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Finnish model Ninja Sarasalo on the Fragile Perfume ad:


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  This is actually not fur, but bead embroidery. I bet this outfit is very heavy, because there were so many beads. Handmade naturally and very intricate.

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The skeleton outfit worn by Dita von Teese

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Illustration by Gaultier himself of Madonna tour outfits:

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This one particularly caught my eye. I love the high waist and Spahish toreador style:

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A MINK suitcase. How cool is that? This will be so bashed by PETA ;)

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Oh lala! The Paris Eiffel stockings. LOVE.

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Gaulthier himself. The projected version, talking…

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Next on the map -

Fashion Illustrator Mats Gustafson in Millesgården (C)


Mats Gustafson captures the movements of the models and the styles of the garments. His images span a wide range of characteristics, from the graphic silhouette to colourful and painterly expressions. Clothes, bodies and faces are the common theme of the exhibition and many of the works have been published in magazines such as French and Italian Vogue.

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This is a Tiffany ad. Not hard to guess, right ? ;)

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The lines of her legs and shoes ARE impeccable:

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Illustration of THAT Dior 2013 dress:

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I love how the red shiny material is captured here: Mats 17 Mats 18 Mats 19

And this is so amazingly geometric. Love the sharp shoes: Mats 20

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Millesgården turned out to be an amazingly beautiful place. Idyllic. The nature. The views. A piece of heaven on earth. And the weather was so beautiful.

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Beautiful house across the street:

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And then I also went to Stockholm New in Thielska Galleriet (D), but I dont have pics from there. :(

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Monumental iconic fashion photography from legendary magazine Stockholm New juxtaposed with Thielska Galleriets world-famous collection of Nordic and international masterpieces from the previous turn of the century — Edvard Munch, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Anders Zorn, Eugène Jansson, Bruno Liljefors, Carl Larsson, August Strindberg, Carl Fredrik Hill, Ernst Josephson, Prins Eugen, Paul Gauguin, Henri de Tolouse-Lautrec, and many more…

The city is so beautiful!

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And what’s a trip without a bit of shopping? I found the perfect Cinderella shoes:

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Nom nom nom… strawberry white-chocolate frappino…shoes 3


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