“When I was five years old, I told my mother that I wanted to be an artist. At that point, though, I didn’t know if I’d rather be a tight-rope walker or a painter. Later on, I studied textile design. It felt very right.”
The inspiration for Maria Tolvanen’s often abstract work comes mostly from everyday life, from fairy lights, construction sites and cookies. Maria takes this input and translates it into colorful patterns. She is also very inspired by arts, music and nature. The creative process in itself generates new ideas through coincidences, experimentations and errors, as she explains.
“I begin my design process almost always with hand-drawing, and I try to maintain the hand-made feel also in the final work. Happiness, playfulness and simplicity are features that characterize my designs.”
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