Last but not least in our series of designer introduction we have Tiina Taivainen.
Who are you and where do you come from?
I’m Tiina Taivainen, textile designer from Helsinki. My roots are spread all over Finland, however I was raised up mainly in Rauma, in a small and pretty city located West coast of Finland.
Describe yourself as a designer
As a designer I’m pretty young, since I have been working earlier in a completely different field. My background is in linguistics and educational administration. I feel that my personal background brings special aspects to my patterns.
What is typical for you as a designer?
As a person, I’m very sensitive, and that shows also in my patterns. As a designer the most important things are meanings, stories and ambiances. I hope that my patterns create meanings and stories among the people who see them. My aim is to create something that touch people.
How do you get inspired?
Very different things make me inspired. The eyes of a designer are always open, and they pay attention to small details and interesting surfaces that could work as a base, or a theme of a pattern. That is why I take plenty of photos, and that way try to capture the moments and things that I see. The diversity of nature is one of my most important sources of inspiration, just like different shapes, lights, shades and surfaces. Ambiances, feelings, meanings and layers get oftentimes my attention. Also, I get inspired by different sketching techniques, and the opportunities that they provide. That is why I let often sketching lead the designing process instead of just copying the image on my mind onto a paper.
What is your favourite thing to design and why?
The most I have been designing knit- and jacquard patterns. They facinate me because of their limitation in technique, and despite of that create interesting patterns full of life. In printed patterns I like most digitally printed ones, because they allow diverse sketching techniques, layers and even smallest nuances.
Are your designs out somewhere for the big audience already?
I have own clothing and accessory brand Kauneve, there all patterns are designed my me. I have also designed for Vanja Sea and Sukkamestarit Oy.
What are your wishes for being one of the designers at Patternsfrom Agency?
I wish new customer contacts from Finland and abroad, as well as networking with other Finnish designers.
How does the future look like in ten years or so?
I wish to be able to employ myself completely through textile designing – partly through pattern designing, partly through my own brand.
Full designer profile of Tiina Taivainen is available here.