(Terhi’s worktable, photo by Terhi Ekebom)
ILLUSTRATOR OF THE MONTH / JANUARY 2013: TERHI EKEBOM
Terhi Ekebom is a Helsinki-based artist, graphic designer and illustrator. She graduated from the University of Arts and Design Helsinki in 2000 and EVTEK (now Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences) in 2002, after studying art and graphic design.
Terhi’s work has been displayed in various exhibitions e.g. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki. She applies several different techniques and likes to do murals and comics. Her published comic albums include Cow’s Dream (2001), Stella di Natale (2004), Uusissa maisemissa (2005), Honeymoon Island (2007), and Voyage (2010). Her work is also included in a number of anthologies.
Please read Terhi’s interview here. Our “Illustrator of the Month” interview series is coming to an end at least for now after interviewing all the Napa illustrators.
TERHI’S SIX FAVOURITES:
Art equipment: Pencil 0,5 HB
Drawing subject: Flowers, plants, shoes, creatures, animals.
Artist: Material innovations by Anu Tuominen, staircase sculptures by Louise Bourgeois.
Book: Italo Calvino: ”Invisible Cities”
Travel Destination: Buenos Aires is very enticing.
Gallery/Museum: Hallwylska Museet in Stockholm. Especially the guided tour was mind-stirring.
3:06 pm • 2 January 2013 • 4 notes
NAPA AGENCY WISHES MERRY MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!!
Illustration “Kitty’s dream” by Pauliina Mäkelä.
10:36 am • 21 December 2012 • 49 notes
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT KISELEFF HOUSE 7.-9.2012
Wouldn’t it be nice to find some nice and special gifts for Christmas?
If you’re near Helsinki, come and check out Christmas Market at Kiseleff House this weekend! We’ll be there with Napa Books and other fab sellers.
The Yellow City book will be sold for a special prize à 20 €!
Opening times: Fri 10-19, Sat 10-17, Sun 12-17.
Address: Aleksanterikatu 28, Helsinki
Our Finnish speaking friends will find more info here.
4:24 pm • 5 December 2012
(Jussi’s worktable, photo by Jussi Karjalainen)
THE ILLUSTRATOR OF THE MONTH / DECEMBER 2012: JUSSI KARJALAINEN
Jussi Karjalainen has graduated from the Lahti Institute of Design in 1999 as an graphic designer and illustrator. He works in Helsinki at Super8 studio on everything from books to record covers and posters. He is also the other founding member of Napa Books.
Jussi’s style is organic and a little bit retro. He often uses markers, pencils, chalk, gouache, printouts and the computer as his illustration tools. His ethos is that of a craftsman, and all of his work includes not only an original idea, but also a distinct style of composition.
Find out more about Jussi and read his interview here.
JUSSI’S SIX FAVOURITES:
Nikki Minaji: “Pink Friday”
Pauliina Mäkelä’s illustrations
Tom Backström’s graphic design
Heipan Herkkulounas (a lunch restaurant in Helsinki)
The Sauna Arla (traditional public sauna in Helsinki)
11:44 am • 5 December 2012 • 3 notes
JANNE HARJU & ILJA KARSIKAS FEATURED IN “ILLUSTRATION 2” BOOK
German book publisher ZEIXS has just published a massive book called "Illustration 2" introducing the most interesting designers of today. We’re super excited about this book featuring works by several talented illustrators around the world including Napa’s Ilja Karsikas and Janne Harju (whose illustration is on the book cover!). Nice!
"Illustration 2" collects the best of contemporary illustration. It showcases a wide variety of styles, ranging from more traditional line drawings, to images created and enhanced by computer programmes, thus showing the endless possibilities which technology can offer to the field of illustration.
12:16 pm • 29 November 2012 • 1 note
"Never be Spring" by Riikka Sormunen
RIIKKA SORMUNEN FOR WRAP MAGAZINE
Issue six of the very cool design and illustration magazine Wrap is out now! Theme of the winter edition is called Nordic Lights. Wrap asked ten of the most original and exciting illustration stars from five Nordic countries (Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland & Iceland) to create a print for the magazine.
One of the featured illustrators from Finland is Napa’s Riikka Sormunen! The commission was to portray what a Nordic winter means to the illustrator. From above you can see what did Riikka made up. To read the magazine, get you copy here.
Celebrating illustration, design and creative culture, WRAP is a publication that bridges the gap between being a magazine and a product. Bursting with interviews and features on an eclectic range of creative endeavours and characters, every issue also includes 10 original wrapping paper designs on five pull-out perforated sheets. Once you’ve finished reading it, you can then use all the pages as wrapping paper.
1:51 pm • 13 November 2012 • 11 notes
Illustration by Anna Virtanen, Anna’s worktable
ILLUSTRATOR OF THE MONTH / NOVEMBER 2012: ANNA VIRTANEN
Anna Virtanen is an illustrator and animation director living in Helsinki. She likes to work by drawing, doing collages, and by cutting tiny paper figures. Her animations and illustrations are inspired by unexpected color combinations, odd situations, surprises and accidental inventions. During her free time, Anna likes to visit museums and to stare at people at trams.
Anna’s drawn animations “Lauantai” (“Saturday”, 2005) and “Kuolema keltaisessa talossa” (“Death in a Yellow House”, 2008) have been featured at international festivals, winning awards in Finland, Sweden and Czech Republic.
You’ll find Anna’s interview here.
ANNA’S SIX FAVOURITES:
Art equipment: Ball point pen
Drawing place: Kitchen table
Artist: Sophie Calle
Museum: I have heard of the secret egg museum at the Helsinki University. I would like to be able to visit it.
Café: “Kahvisiskot” at the Hakaniemi Market
10:45 am • 1 November 2012 • 2 notes
ELINA MINN: MINUS GREEN
"Pink is what’s left over from white light when you take out the green"
Elina Minn's installation Minus Green will be exhibited at Napa Gallery in Helsinki from 1st to 24th November. Welcome to the oppening TODAY at 6 pm!
Napa Gallery & Shop
Eerikinkatu 18, Helsinki
Tue-Fri 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
10:29 am • 31 October 2012
CHRISTER NUUTINEN & RULERS OF THE WATER
Christer Nuutinen’s wide illustration project, the book called "Veden valtiaat: totta ja tarua" (“Rulers of the water: facts and fictions”) was published just recently. Christer made over 80 amazing illustrations for this book written by a writer and anthropologist Marjut Hjelt.
"Rulers of the water" is an absorbing plunge into the fabled world of mythical aquatic beings. The book gives readers a detailed introduction to an international panoply of gods, including ancient Greek, Hindu, Sumerian, ancient Egyptian, Aztec, Roman and Scandinavian sea gods.
Christer and Marjut will be talking about the book TOMORROW at the Finnish Literature Society SKS’s presentation day at 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm. If you’re around, please stop by to hear how the illustrations for the book was made!
SKS Presentation Day: Christer Nuutinen & Marjut Hjelt
Hallituskatu 1, Helsinki
12:24 pm • 30 October 2012 • 4 notes
JUKKA PYLVÄS FOR THE BOOK “MAD MANNERS”
Jukka Pylväs has made infographics for a fresh new book called “Mad Manners - Seikkailijan etiketti" ("Mad Manners - Adventurer’s etiguette"). The book is written by the Finnish Madventures duo, well-known for their popular adventure show "Madventures". The book is a humorous etiguette guide for all travellers. The guide will teach you how to survive in all kinds of embarrassing situations while travelling through different cultures.
See more Jukka’s illustrations at our reference page.
12:05 pm • 25 October 2012