24 Aug 2017

Foals of Birch Bark by Jenni Tieaho - what else?

Birch bark is very versatile material, and without it the life of the northern 
people would have been much more difficult in the old days. 
When soaked, resilient but easy to bend.
When dry, very hard, durable and beautiful.



Photo by Jenni Tieaho

These foals were seen in Mänttä Art Weeks as well.



Detail of a tail

See more of Jenni Tieaho´s work

Birch bark has been  used for example as a building material for roofs and isolating. 
All kinds of everyday necessities were made of it, too: 
back packs, food storage and cooking dishes, rings, musical instruments,
even shoes.

Birch trees are most common of Finland's deciduous trees, and in Finland's cold 
climate even partly competitive with Finnish forests dominating the spruce. 
Birch trees grow in the coniferous forest zone mixed with conifers, which makes 
them a significant species of hardwood.To get birch bark we don´t cut the 
trees, bark is taken off the trees that are cut anyway.

Birch bark is a fascinating material. No wonder, that Jenni Tieaho has
chosen to work with it side by side with other nature´s materials like willow.


Back pack


Shoes
allthingsfinnish.tumblr.com photo by Marja Pirilä


Photo Tuohimuori, Marjatta Flander-Airola


Rattle and pot cleaner by Tuohimuori


Jewellery box


Jewellery, "poor man´s engagement ring"


Making a birch bark roof
Photo yle.fi


Birch, photo puusto.com


Just imagine yourself and your horse in a birch forest...
There´s no better forest for a forest ride!



22 Aug 2017

Horse of Birch Bark by Jenni Tieaho



We visited Mäntän Kuvataideviikot, "Mänttä Art Weeks" a few weeks ago.
Now we would like to share something very special with you!

 The first thing we saw in the entrance hall as we arrived,
was this natural size horse sculpture .



The posture of the horse and the illusion of movement was so strong
 that you just waited for the horse to stand up, shake himself 
and chortle happily after wallowing on the ground.

The details were amazingly beautifully done.




Poultry netting and birch bark. Absolutely fantastic.

The artist Jenni Tieaho, born in 1969. Works and lives in Lohja, Finland.
Artist of the year 2015

You can read more about Jenni and her work here:
Jenni Tieaho, Enviromental Art


5 Jul 2017

7 x Zandra Ahl, Photographer of the Week 26/17

I have loved horses since I first visited my local ridingschool when I was 7 years old.
After that basically everything was about horses. I bought my first horse when I was 15 
and it turned out to be impossible to have just one so now I have three!

Tuesday
Wednesday

I have been interested in photography since I was a child, even before I took interest 
in horses. My father and his father were into photography so it has been natural for
 me to take photos of everything in my life that I like.

After school I realized quite quickly that I wanted to work as an equine photographer. 
I saved some money to buy myself a DSLR camera and learned equine photography 
by taking photos of my friends horses, so I am basically self-taught.
I guess that I am a dreamer and also a stubborn person so without even thinking twice 
I started my company 2011 and I have never looked back once.


Thursday
Friday
Saturday

The main reason that I wanted to work with equine photography is that I love horses.
I love their beauty, their personalities, the happiness they give their owners. I can also 
combine my creativity in photography working with horses.

Sunday
The best part of my job is to be able to give people beautiful photos of 
their horses to remember them forever.

That is my main motivation and the meaning of my work.

Monday

See and learn more about Zandra on her

Web page

Facebook

Instagram

Thank you, Zandra, for your story and these wonderful photos.
We wish you all the best in the future!


22 Jun 2017

Perfect Midsummer, photos by Nanna Salmi

 Like every traditional celebration, also the Midsummer Eve (juhannus) 
contains traditions which are so important, that without them the 
day just doesn´t feel perfect.

Night before. Picking flowers, enjoying the 
nightless night already...


The day is long... It is so long that you have time to do many things
before the celebration in the evening. Nanna loves to go 
walking by the lake Vesijärvi.


And Otto loves to swim in the lake Vesijärvi!


It´s very usual that the weather changes quickly and dramatically
during the day. Even several times! If the morning was hot and
misty, the early afternoon can be something very different!


Midsummer lunch is eaten with the family and friends. 
Wild flowers play a big role in a table setting. Grandmother´s
table cloth and china is also in use.


Sweet, small, new potatoes and fish - that brings 
the taste of the summer into your mouth!


Does this need any words?


After lunch and nap a little walk in a forest... Collect seven flowers, put them
under your pillow and you will see your fiance to be in your dream...

danishswedishfarmdog smelling wild flowers

What would make this special day a perfection?
Of course - taking the horses for a night swim as well!

nightless night, horses swimming, Finland

After that it´s nice to dress up warm and sit by the fire till the early morning
and enjoy the lightest time of the year when the sun doesn´t go down.
This is the moment we wait for the whole dark and cold winter...


Have a wonderful Midsummer Eve!
Hyvää Juhannusta!