During the summer months she is a gardener in a villa, whereas in autumn time, she goes into the wood to pick mushrooms and berries. This is Jenni Tuominen, the Finnish visual artist whose great love for nature is manifested through both her lifestyle and art. Created by abstract patterns and bright colors, Tuominen’s works have introduced us to an adorable world of nature that is playful, genuine, and heartfelt.
From her mother’s love for the Finnish brand Marimekko to the kitchen curtain by the Japanese designer Katsuji Wakisaka hanging in Jenni’s childhood home, they all have a strong influence in developing Tuominen’s style; Wakisaka himself is also an inspiration for Tuominen’s design. It is then a beautiful coincidence that Tuominen has later become one of the Marimekko’s illustrators.
In recent years, Tuominen has shifted her focus to ceramics. Using animals and nature as theme, she has created a series of ceramic decoration in simple designs and basic color tones that feature mainly black, white and grey. Placing these decorative items on chunky wooden stands, they are presented in a somehow casual and unpretentious way. In the collection there is as well a chubby lady who parts her hair to the right; this is, in fact, Tuominen herself. This little figure invites viewers to imagine how she wears a smile as she kneads love into the pottery clay.
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