Tiina Taivainen

My aim as a textile designer is to create stories. Not the stories I make up but the stories that will be composed in the viewer’s mind. I want my designs to get the viewers’ imaginations fly, get them to find something familiar but new in them, get them to find meanings and feel something.

As a pattern designer my style is rather delicate and light. It derives from my personality and the way I look at the world. I like to combine various sketching techniques such as watercolor and drawing line. Usually I want to save the original spirit of hand drawing or painting in the final design.

My education is Bachelor of Arts majoring in Textile Design. I graduated from the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. I also have a previous Master’s degree from Linguistics. Although I have now jumped to a totally different world I can use the earlier expertise as well. In a way I am still studying meanings, only the subject has changed from languages to visual surfaces.

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