Couture in black and white.
Mari Kokko is running for a post of Party Secretary of the Center Party in Finland.The Congress is already next weekend 10-12.6.2016, taking place in Seinäjoki. She is a strong, experienced, competent candidate with a very impressive CV, currently being responsible for Center Party’s communications and for instance earlier having served as a special adviser to Prime Minister.
I made some illustrations for her campaign. Here is an illustration portrait to match the overall campaign visual theme:
Pic via Suomenmaa
Also “Kokko” means “bonfire” in Finnish, so Mari asked me to illustrate bonfire for a logo type badge. My strength is of course watercolors and aquarels, but to preserve the overall campaign’s visual coherence, Mari’s graphic designer turned the illustration into digital version. I purposefully made the fire quite geometric – and then the result looked like this:
All the best to Mari for the elections!
Yesterday I attended a charity fashion show arranged by Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (Mannerheimin Lastensuojeluliitto , MLL UP 2016 Hyväntekeväisyysmuotinäytös). The event was spectacular: fashion, music, gifts, collaborations… all for a good cause. MLL organization is doing incredible work for the welfare of children and families: it works to promote health and a good environment for children for instance by providing various services. The fashion show was organized by the collaboration partners on a volunteer basis. Celebrities and politicians walked down the runway. Boutiques and Finnish fashion brands showcased their collections.
I was happy and very honoured to contribute by giving my 2 newest paintings for the lottery. Two lucky winners went home with new paitings. Here they are:
Haute Couture and Parisienne:
The fashion show:
Saija Toropainen, Chairman of MLL Uusimaa regional organization presenting the organization and wishing the guests welcome.
My favourite collection of the show was probably Gemmy Furs (showroom pic via FB page). beautiful Leena Harkimo, Heidi Sohlberg, Anitra Ahtola wore fabulous fluffy fox fur coats. I think I am in love with the pink – mint green -pastel candy one:
One of the brightest stars of the show was definitely Mr. Bruce Oreck, former US Ambassador to Finland, who walked down the runway with a dog!
Naturally the dog ran away and passed right in front of us in the first row!
All in all, it was a splendid event!
Stunning Miss Helsinki 2016 Jessica Ruokola.