Elli Maanpää

Animated Painter

Elli Maanpää

Art Show Open

Elli Maanpää - Pinnan yli - art exhibition in Galleria Albert IX (Albertinkatu 9) in Helsinki 18.-23.2.2020

My Art Show Pinnan Yli || Beyond the Surface is now open.

It’s in Gallery Albert IX in (Albertinkatu 9) in Helsinki until Sunday the 23rd of February 2020. The gallery is open until 7pm today and tomorrow, on Saturday from noon to 5pm and on Sunday 11am to 2pm. Check out the details from the facebook event.

Elli Maanpää - Pinnan yli - art exhibition in Galleria Albert IX (Albertinkatu 9) in Helsinki 18.-23.2.2020

Elli Maanpää – Pinnan yli – art exhibition in Galleria Albert IX (Albertinkatu 9) in Helsinki 18.-23.2.2020

The opening night was spectacular. Thank you for everyone who came on Tuesday the 18th of February and celebrated the night with me. Here’s some photographs from the event taken by Mr. Kuula.

Elli Maanpää - Pinnan yli - art exhibition in Galleria Albert IX (Albertinkatu 9) in Helsinki 18.-23.2.2020

Elli Maanpää – Pinnan yli – art exhibition in Galleria Albert IX (Albertinkatu 9) in Helsinki 18.-23.2.2020

The painting below “There’s not such thing as ilmainen ämpäri” 2020 will be owned by one lucky exhibition visitor. Welcome to take part in the lottery by visiting the exhibition.

Elli Maanpää: There's not such thing as a ilmainen ämpäri, painting scraps and acrylic on board, 30x30cm, 2020

Elli Maanpää: There’s not such thing as a ilmainen ämpäri, painting scraps and acrylic on board, 30x30cm, 2020

Pinnan yli -Taidenäyttely Art Exhibition Helsinki 18.-23.2.2020

Pinnan yli - art exhibition in Galleria Albert IX (Albertinkatu 9) in Helsinki 18.-23.2.2020

Elli Maanpää

PINNAN YLI 

19.-23.2.2020
Ke-Pe 11-19, La 12-17, Su 11-14
Avajaiset ti 18.2. klo 17-19. Tervetuloa!

Galleria Albert IX, Albertinkatu 9, Helsinki

Tervetuloa hiihtolomaviikolla hiilineutraalille mielikuvitusmatkalle Helsingin Punavuoreen.

Helmikuussa Galleria Albert IX:n valloittaa Elli Maanpään värikkäät akryylimaalaukset. Ympäristöahdistus yhdistyy leikkimieliseen arjen nyrjäyttämiseen. Maalauspohjina toimivat muun muassa kierrätetyt diakuvat. Näyttelyn kruunaa kolme täydennettyä taulua. Ne avautuvat animaatioiksi AR-sovelluksen avulla.

Elli Maanpää (s.1985 Turku) on valmistunut Taiteen maisteriksi Aalto-yliopiston Taiteen laitokselta. Hänellä on alempi korkeakoulututkinto animaatiosta Turun Taideakatemiasta ja vaatesuunnittelusta Aalto-yliopistosta.

Lisää tietoa -> fb-tapahtumassa

Elli Maanpää “E-matkadiat: Pakasaivo (JQ9R+2Q)” akryyli dialle 2020

Elli Maanpää “E-matkadiat: Pakasaivo (JQ9R+2Q)” akryyli dialle 2020

Elli Maanpää

BEYOND THE SURFACE 

19.-23.2.2020
Wed-Fri 11-19, Sat 12-17, Sun 11-14
Opening Tue 18.2. 17-19. Welcome!

Galleria Albert IX, Albertinkatu 9, Helsinki

Welcome to take part in the imaginary carbon free travel in Helsinki Punavuori in February.

In February the Gallery Albert IX is filled with Elli Maanpää’s colourful acrylic paintings. She is channeling her environmental anxiety with playful ways of bending the ordinary. For example she is re-using old dia slides for painting canvases. The cherry on the top is the three Augmented paintings that open as animations with the AR-app.

Elli Maanpää (b.1985 Turku) has M.A. in Visual Culture from Aalto University. She has graduated B.A. in animation from Turku Arts Academy and and in fashion design from Aalto University.

More information about the exhibition -> fb-event

Elli Maanpään täydennetyt taulut Turun Animaatiofestivaaleilla 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

Elli Maanpään täydennetyt taulut Turun Animaatiofestivaaleilla 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

Pinnan yli - art exhibition in Galleria Albert IX (Albertinkatu 9) in Helsinki 18.-23.2.2020

Pinnan yli – art exhibition in Galleria Albert IX (Albertinkatu 9) in Helsinki 18.-23.2.2020

Portrait of Tove Jansson

Elli Maanpää: Tove Jansson, acrylic on cardboard, 21x30cm, 2019

PORTRAIT OF TOVE JANSSON

Elli Maanpää 2019 // Acrylic on cardboard

I painted a portrait of my art idol and a national hero: Tove Jansson. She was a Finnish fine artist, painter, writer, comic artist and much much more. True creative jack of all trades. She has enlighten the world with her creative storytelling.

To celebrate the first thousand friends in Instagram I organised a giveaway of this painting in my account in October 2019. I used this public domain photograph as the reference.

Elli Maanpää: Tove Jansson, acrylic on cardboard, 21x30cm, 2019

Elli Maanpää: Tove Jansson, acrylic on cardboard, 21x30cm, 2019

Gardeners

Elli Maanpää: Gardener Contemplating, acrylic on cardboard, 20x20cm, 2019

GARDENERS

Elli Maanpää 2019 // Acrylic on canvas

In summer I was inspired by the nature’s ability to take care of itself: self-gardening. The plants turn their faces to the sun to absorb energy and when it rains they drink until they drop.

These three paintings are called “Gardener Taking a Break”,  “Gardener Contemplating” and “Triumphant Gardener”. Size: 20cm x 20cm.

Upcoming Exhibition in Helsinki And Other December News

Elli Maanpää's Solo Exhibition in Gallery Albert IX in February 2020
December News: Upcoming exhibition in Helsinki, new painting studio and Art Tips Advent Calendar in Instagram.

UPCOMING EXHIBITION

I’m going to have solo show called “Beyond the Surface” in Galleria Albert IX in Helsinki. The dates were just confirmed to be from 18th to 23rd of February 2020. Welcome to the opening on the 18th of February from 5-7pm. My Augmented Paintings will be exhibited there but next to them lots of new acrylic paintings. I’m studying ways to bring time and story into a still painting without the technology.

Solo Exhibition in Gallery Albert IX in February 2020

Solo Exhibition in Gallery Albert IX in February 2020

NEW PAINTING STUDIO

I found a place in Helsinki where I can let my creative ideas flow onto a canvas. I’ve been working there already this week even though it’s a bit empty. This weekend we’ll move in rest of my painting stuff from Turku.

Having a studio for painting is pure happiness. My brushes are ready to apply new ideas onto canvas.

In new painting studio, Elli Maanpää 2019

In new painting studio, Elli Maanpää 2019

ADVENT CALENDAR

Also wanted to let you know that I’m keeping an Art Tips Advent Calendar in my Instagram account @ellimaanpaa this December. I’m sharing hacks I’ve learned along the way about painting, inspiration and artist life. You’re welcome to join.

Art Tips Advent Calendar - @ellimaanpaa in Instagram - Elli Maanpää 2019

Art Tips Advent Calendar – @ellimaanpaa in Instagram – Elli Maanpää 2019

This is probably the last post of 2019 so I want to thank you for your support this year and wish:

*** Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2020 ***

See you next year. With love, Elli

Turku Animated Film Festival Exhibition in Photographs

Augmented Paintings by Elli Maanpää in Turku Animated Film Festival 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography
Turku Animated Film Festival – TAFF 2019 ended yesterday. I loved being able to take part both in person and having my Augmented Paintings exhibited there.

The five festival days were packed with all sorts of animation art. I probably saw about 60 short animation films both fiction, documentaries and art installations. You can see the official winners here. Some of my favourite films were One Pair Coat by Yi Luo, Julia by Julian Gallese and all the films in the documentary screening.

Turku Animated Film Festival 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

Turku Animated Film Festival 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

AUGMENTED PAINTINGS in MANILLA

My Augmented Paintings were exhibited in the hallway of Manilla theatre. They were right in front of the movie theatre where the films were screened. The Augmented Painting -exhibition was also featured in the festival catalogue.

This was first exhibition where I left the paintings to be on their own. Occasionally did ran by the painting’s side with my iPad and Arilyn ready to show that there’s more to see than “just” the painting.

In the festival catalogue - Turku Animated Film Festival 2019

In the festival catalogue – Turku Animated Film Festival 2019

I was little worried that people wouldn’t take the time to download the app and scan the paintings on their own. Luckily I was proved wrong. I saw many photos of people looking at the animations with their phones by browsing through the photographs the official festival photographer Paavo Pykäläinen had taken.

Turku Animated Film Festival 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

Turku Animated Film Festival 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

OBSERVATION

This time I didn’t have a guestbook for collecting people’s comments. I just tried to collect them in my heart: like the lady in tears of affection saying that the painting of a fox reminds her about her son.

“These augmented art works are some of the best I’ve seen”

Also I got such remarkable statement from the regional artist Annika Dahlsten. She said that these augmented art works were some of the best she had seen so far. Dahlsten is both a visual artist and animator so she appreciated the fact that paintings do not only come alive but that the movement is nicely animated. That’s my strength. I can handcraft the details since I am both a painter and an animator.

Turku Animated Film Festival 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

Turku Animated Film Festival 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

Thank you TAFF for inviting me to take part in the festival. Thank you everyone who visited the exhibition and the festival. It was a pleasure meeting you all. Thank you Pykäläinen for these photographs.

I will let you know when there is a next chance to see the Augmented Paintings in person by updating the Exhibition list. Until then.

Augmented Paintings in TAFF

Augmented Paintings in TAFF Turku Animated Film Festival @ Elli Maanpää 2019

Next week my Augmented Paintings and I will be attending the awesome TAFF – Turku Animated Film Festival

Here is the official festival 2019 trailer done by the talented Sanni Lahtinen for you to Enjoy. The festival starts on Wednesday the 21st and continues until Sunday 25th of August in Manilla Turku. See the whole programme here.

P.S. If you love these paintings and want to support me you can now purchase AR -art prints and regular art prints from my Etsy store Elli Maanpää Art. Thank you!

See you Turku!  Cheers, Elli

Feel-Good Fashion

Feel-Good Fashion // Elli Maanpää Blog 2019 // ellimaanpaa.com
What is feel-good fashion? As an artist and designer who’s longing for sustainability I have a complex relationship with fashion design. Today I tell you why. I also want to let you know how Zen Cat T-Shirt fits into this equation of “feel-good”.

BACK STORY

My first university degree was in Fashion. Straight from high school I was accepted to the fashion design program in Aalto University back in 2004-2008. I loved the idea of design since it’s artistic creation and problem solving put together. Fashion design comes close to us by touching our body. Clothes are the skin colour we can choose for ourselves. “This is what I stand for” says the clothes about us.

What does your style say?

What does your style say?

I fell in love with graphic design on textiles while I was doing internship in Paris 2006 in a small firm called DOG (oh the irony of that name). It was such a unique experience: from 9 am to 3pm I sketched out prints and patterns and the rest of the evening I walked around the beautiful streets of Paris.

Four years later I graduated as a Bachelor of Art and Design. I could have continued to Master’s program but by then I had complex emotions towards clothing design:

Does the world need any more clothes? Do I have something unique enough to say with clothing design that it makes it worth the tons of investments (time, finance, natural resources) it needs?

At the time the answer to those questions was NO. So I didn’t do much with my fashion design degree. Which is a shame in sense that my graduation collection Red-Blue dresses from 2008 ended up selling to some of the most stylish people in Finland (Maija Vilkkumaa and Maria Veitola).

My BA graduation collection to Aalto University 2008

My BA graduation collection to Aalto University 2008

FEEL-GOOD WARDROBE

One of my classmates from fashion studies – and close friend of mine – is Rinna Saramäki. She also graduated as BA in 2008 and decided not to continue the studies. Saramäki has spent her time since self-educating herself about sustainable fashion and ecological living. She wrote an amazing book called Hyvän mielen vaatekaappi. In English the title means “Feel-good Wardrobe”. The book hasn’t been translated into English (yet) but you can follow Saramäki’s wonderful sustainable living and style in Instagram.

When I last time attended one of her Feel-Good Wardrobe -lectures in Turku library she (again) opened my eyes. This time not so much about “quality over quantity” and “know what you support before buying from the clothing brand” because those I already knew. But when she said “everybody must dress themselves” I understood I’ve been too harsh on fashion.

Left: My gouache painting of Rinna Saramäki 2018 // Right: Rinna Saramäki Photographer: Jouni Harala @KodinKuvalehti

Left: My gouache painting of Rinna Saramäki 2018 // Right: Rinna Saramäki Photographer: Jouni Harala @KodinKuvalehti

The fast-fashion has defamed whole fashion industry. Buying clothes just because they’re cheap is madness. BUT if there is something you need and something you love it’s feel-good joy to buy it. Then wear it until it’s rag material and ready to be recycled as textile waste.

Clothing is one form of design that is actually necessary for human being. It’s the shelter from the weather. It’s also our cover up since we are not living in nudist society (thank goodness). And if you ever own a pair of socks you know that with passing of time they will wear thin.

It’s important to take care of the clothes we own: wash accordingly, repair and dye. But there comes the time when your favourite t-shirt is just not up for the part anymore.

Cover photo for Zen Cat T-Shirt 2019

Cover photo for Zen Cat T-Shirt 2019

ZEN CAT T-SHIRT

In the middle of pondering the sustainability in fashion – I’m still passionate about creating beautifully designed products. Preferably clothes. And I love drawing cats.

So in May 2019 Zen Cat T-Shirt was born. It’s online print-on-demand (Printful) clothing store in EtsyZen Cat T-Shirt is about offering feel-good clothing for cat lovers. The mastermind behind the designs is my Burmese muse: Cocco-the-Cat.

Me and Cocco-the-cat at the balcony drawing Zen Cat T-Shirt cat pattern 2018

Me and Cocco-the-cat at the balcony drawing Zen Cat T-Shirt cat pattern 2018

How is Zen Cat T-Shirt sustainable?

  • It’s print-on-demand. Which means there will be no spoilages. I don’t have to burn unsold clothes after the season since every item will be produced only after someone purchase it.
  • I choose products that promises sustainability. Like Bella Canvas and Gildan t-shirts. *When Printful gets the organic cotton t-shirts to European market I will use those.
  • The printing production happens in US or Latvia. Most of the European orders will be shipped from Europe and most of the US orders from US. Note: Fulfilment location is set based on shipping destination, routing preferences and stock availability. So if the t-shirt is out of stock in Latvia it will be printed in US instead.
  • I only sell products that have been reviewed well in Printful. Happier the customer is with it, the longer and more it gets used. That makes the production more sustainable per piece.

I’ve can now share designs with the world in a way I don’t feel ashamed for. This time I feel strong about my design philosophy. It’s about finding zen – the things that matter in life – by being grateful of the good things. Most importantly: about CATS.

Zen Cat T-Shirt - Summer 2019

Zen Cat T-Shirt – Summer 2019

Besides Etsy you can find Zen Cat T-Shirt from Instagram where I share lots feel-good cat photographs and behind the scenes. There’s also GIVEAWAYS every now and then.

There’s going to be new “Back to School/Work” -designs coming up to Zen Cat T-Shirt in 1st of September.

Besides this feel-good fashion hassle I’m still the Animated Painter Elli Maanpää. You can find my art account from Instagram as well. Next week I’m in TAFF Turku Animated Film Festival with my Augmented Paintings so see you there. Also those paintings are available as poster prints in my other Etsy store: Elli Maanpää Art.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful week.

Best regards,
Elli Maanpää
Feel-Good Fashion // Elli Maanpää Blog 2019 // ellimaanpaa.com

Feel-Good Fashion // Elli Maanpää Blog 2019 // ellimaanpaa.com

Augmented Painting in Summer Yard of the National Museum

Augmented Painting in Summer Yard of National Museum in Helsinki on Tuesday the 18th of June 2019 from 3-6pm
My Augmented Paintings goes to Summer Yard of the National Museum. The pop-up exhibition is on Tuesday the 18th of June at 3 pm to 6 pm in Helsinki. If you’re near Helsinki next week I welcome you to come experience the painted AR -magic. The event is free of charge.

You can download the free Arilyn app in advance to your mobile phone or tablet. I will be at the exhibition next to the paintings with my own iPad to borrow you if you run out of battery or dog eats your Arilyn app. More information about the event is in facebook. See you in Summer Yard of the National Museum next Tuesday.

Augmented Painting in Summer Yard of National Museum in Helsinki on Tuesday the 18th of June 2019 from 3-6pm

Augmented Painting in Summer Yard of National Museum in Helsinki on Tuesday the 18th of June 2019 from 3-6pm

“What is Summer Yard of the National Museum?

The National Museum’s Summer Yard was introduced as an event venue for the first time in 2015. For this summer, a pavilion will be erected in the lush and sheltered yard area, enabling the Summer Yard to serve as a full-fledged event venue.

The National Museum wishes to encourage and challenge people to form their own understandings of the ‘national’ by introducing a diverse range of content to the pavilion and the surrounding park. We hope to inspire as many people as possible to come up with ideas for the new building and interpret our national identity in a fresh way by contributing to the activities organised in the yard. Let’s paint with a broad brush together!”

Kuvitus: Saara Obele, kuva: Kansallismuseo

Kuvitus: Saara Obele, kuva: Kansallismuseo

Augmented Painting

Pää pilvissä, acrylic on canvas, 100x150cm // Augmented Painting, Elli Maanpää, 2019

AUGMENTED PAINTING

Augmented painting: Elli Maanpää 2019 // 3 paintings with 2D animation

Augmented painting combines acrylic painting with 2D animation trough augmented reality. They are inspired by Maanpää’s Finnish roots. Finnish idioms are famous for their pessimistic undertone. Like for example “Whoever is happy should hide it.”

Maybe it’s time to give the idioms a second viewpoint. What if being the “Painter of the skyline” wouldn’t mean a pointless dreamer but she who points out the beauty in our world.

This was my thesis project in Animation in Turku Arts Academy. For animation I used TVPaint and After Effects and for Augmented Reality I used Arilyn Manager. To see the paintings you must download the free Arilyn App from the App Store or Google Play.

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

  • 18.-23.2.2020 // 11AM-19PM // Galleria Albert IX, Helsinki, Finland

PAST EXHIBITIONS

PAINTINGS

Kel Onni on (English: Whoever is Happy) 38 x 46cm. Taivaanrannanmaalari (English: Painter of the Skyline) 60 x 73cm. Pää pilvissä (English: Head in the Clouds) 100 x 150cm. All acrylic on canvas. 2019

Augmented Paintings are now available to purchase as museum quality art prints for limited time in my Etsy shop Elli Maanpää Art.

Pää pilvissä, acrylic on canvas, 100x150cm // Augmented Painting, Elli Maanpää, 2019

Pää pilvissä, acrylic on canvas, 100x150cm // Augmented Painting, Elli Maanpää, 2019

Taivaanrannanmaalari, acrylic on canvas, 60x73cm // Augmented Painting, Elli Maanpää, 2019

Kel onni on, acrylic on canvas, 38x46cm // Augmented Painting, Elli Maanpää, 2019

Kel onni on, acrylic on canvas, 38x46cm // Augmented Painting, Elli Maanpää, 2019