Friday, 31 October 2014

Sweet Times at Helsinki's English School

Have you ever eaten a small black square that tastes like salt and medicine? Well, it's called Salmiakki and it's considered quite a treat here in Finland.

This time in our Dear You workshop we shared delicious tastes and sweet sights as we made candy arc pop-up cards for our friends in Prague.

We drew some candy and glued our art on our pop up card arcs. Then we described in writing what our pictured candy tastes like. Some of our candies were real while others were make believe. They all looked pretty delicious to me!

Everyone can enjoy these sweets, even the ones who are missing a sweet tooth. I hope they munch these sweets up with their eyes back in Prague!

(I wrote this originally for the Dear You -blog. Check it out!)

photo: Nooralotta Ikonen

photo: Nooralotta Ikonen

photo: Nooralotta Ikonen

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Jammin' with Juniors

Rock that contoroller!

I took part for one afternoon in Junior Game Jam in Happi Pelitalo here in Helsinki. As we were missing the logo for the event I took on the priviledge to design one. It was a super fun task and the logo looks cool on the Game Jam certificates! It will propably be printed on next years instructor jammers t-shirts. Yay!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Creative Sensing Across the Baltic Sea

Silence. Not a sound anywhere... except ... Clink! "The sound of keys hitting metal." Wroooom "The sound of the printer working." Fifteen different sounds found in silence.

This time during the Dear You Art Workshop Meilahti's eighth graders focused on their physical senses: touch, vision, smell, taste and hearing. We started off our second workshop with the small meditation on sound. This meditation showed us that silence wasn't that silent at all. Do we take all our body's sensory data as self granted?

We pondered what senses we mostly use when getting around in our day to day lives. Do we just use our eyes or do we open up all our senses to be here now?

Since we don't have the chance to visit our new Danish friends right away, we decided to take a different approach. We drew on top of the printed out photos from Denmark, sensing the environment and artwork they've made through our imagination and our own creative process. We represented our sensory feelings through the use of form, color and lines.

After much creating we made a video message to Denmark, but alas, the camera didn't record. But fortunately we still have these beautiful creative pieces that truly speak for themselves. And so, we'll let the art do the talking on our behalf in Denmark!

(Posted originally on the Dear You -website October 15, 2014 by yours truly

photo: Nooralotta Ikonen

photo: Nooralotta Ikonen

photo: Nooralotta Ikonen

photo: Nooralotta Ikonen

photo: Nooralotta Ikonen

photo: Nooralotta Ikonen