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Astrid Swan on Anxiety

Astrid Swan is a songwriter and a performer, who is currently writing a PhD on mommyblogs and a memoir.

She is passionate about writing, creativity, feminist theories and expression as a means of investigating issues such as death, motherhood, fragility, affects, digital futures and style as a tool of survival and pleasure. Swan has spoken publicly about her life as a metastatic breast cancer thriver both on her blog and in interviews.

Photo: Mikko Rasila

Astrid Swan on Anxiety
Friday 22nd of January
Design Museum
8:30 AM

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Maija Blåfield on Context

Maija Blåfield is a Helsinki-based filmmaker and visual artist. Maija’s works have been exhibited both in the context of visual art and also on television and in film festivals.

In her CreativeMornings talk, Maija will explore the different CONTEXTs of her work.

Maija Blåfield on Context
Friday 15th of December
8:30 AM
Design Museum

Death with Maija Butters

Maija Butters is a cultural anthropologist working in the doctoral program of History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Helsinki. She teaches on death cultures and rituals in various religious and cultural traditions, and her dissertation is on contemporary death and dying in Finland. Currently, she is looking into rituals and ritualisations around dying patients. Maija is also involved with hospice education, and she lectures on culturally and religiously sensitive patient care.

Maija Butters on Death
Friday 24th of November
Design Museum

Koko Hubara on Pioneer

Koko Hubara is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the first and only media for people of color by people of color in Finland, Ruskeat Tytöt (“Brown Girls”). Hubara, born in Vantaa, is from Viipuri, Kemijärvi, Israel and Yemen. Her literary debut Ruskeat Tytöt was published in March 2017.

She will be talking about entering the white industry of literature and publishing in Finland and social media as a literary space for Finnish people of color.

Photo: Toni Härkönen

IG: kokohubaraofficial & ruskeattytotmedia
FB: koko hubara & ruskeat tytöt

Koko Hubara on Pioneer
Fri 27th of October
Design Museum
8.30 AM

Compassion with Kaari Mattila

In September, we’ll talk about Compassion with Kaari Mattila, Secretary-General of the Finnish League for Human Rights.

Mattila believes that compassionate listening and curiosity change the world. Minorities and others who are discriminated against benefit from compassion, not from pity. Creating a fairer country and world by dissolving the power structures in societies and between people fascinates Mattila endlessly.

Kaari’s sources of inspiration include
- Major innovations that further equality such as free school meals in Finland
- Brainstorming and developing new ideas collectively
- Thought-provoking books

Photo by Susanna Kosonen

Compassion with Kaari Mattila
Friday 29th of September
8:30 AM
Design Museum

Jeremiah Tesolin on Genius

How to transform past genius into present one?
In our August event, Jeremiah Tesolin, Creative Director of Fiskars Scandinavian Living, will talk about GENIUS - both in the past and present. Jeremiah Tesolin leads an internal design team working on Iittala, Royal Copenhagen, Arabia and Rörstrand. He specializes in designing brands. His wide experience in design, retail, and branding enables him to make unique links between the disciplines.

CreativeMornigs/Hel August event takes place at Miltton (Kaisaniemenkatu 6 A)

GENIUS with Jeremiah Tesolin
Friday 25th August
Miltton (Kaisaniemenkatu 6 A)

Survival with Pirjo Kääriäinen

For CreativeMornings June, designer Pirjo Kääriäinen will talk about SURVIVAL in the context of creating new concepts for more sustainable material world. Pirjo Kääriäinen (1963) is a Finnish textile specialist, working now as a Designer in Residence at the Aalto University, Finland.

Since 2011 she has been facilitating multidisciplinary CHEMARTS collaboration  between arts, design and science, including both education and research. CHEMARTS is aiming to inspire students and researchers to explore biomaterials together, and to create new concepts for more sustainable material world.Before her career in academia, Pirjo Kääriäinen worked eighteen years for Scandinavian textile commerce and printing industry and gained experience also as an entrepreneur and consultant for creative industries.

SURVIVAL with Pirjo Kääriäinen
Friday 16th of June
Design Museum
8.30 am

Idil Gaziulusoy on Serendipity

In May, Dr. Idil Gaziulusoy will introduce the “Serendipitous Futures” that await us. She will explain how design researchers approach the problem of making futures which are inherently unknowable; which as she puts it is “a process full of serendipity”.

Idil, is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture of Aalto University. She is a sustainability scientist and a design researcher. Her research aims to develop non-business-as-usual visions for sustainable and desirable urban futures using participatory methods. In the times remaining from opening up the minds of students to planting seeds of change and chasing exciting new knowledge through research, İdil provides strategic consultancy to organisations and cities on proactively taking part and innovating in the current context of large, systemic changes for sustainability.

Photo by Iiris Heikka

SERENDIPITY with Idil Gaziulusoy
Friday 26th of May
Design Museum
8.30 am

Beyond with Saara Salmi and Marco Melander

In April, as a part of BEYOND, photographers Saara Salmi and Marco Melander recounted their Atelieri O. Haapala project. The project grew from one-off event photobooth to eight years of neo-Victorian portraits, adventures, exhibitions and more.

The duo took us BEYOND time discussing why nostalgia fascinates so many and how the past is always perceived through the lense of current views.

Photo by Babak Arzani
Find out more about Atelieri O. Haapla at

Saskia Vogel on Taboo

On the last Friday of March Saskia Vogel will be talking about the invisible TABOOs that we carry with us: ideas and knowledge that we don’t know are there or have never thought to question.

“I am going to look at how allowing ourselves to explore our fantasies can help unlock insight into ourselves and our relationship to the world, the connection between creativity and the erotic, and the power of permission.” Saskia says.

Saskia Vogel is a Berlin based writer who has written on the themes of gender, power, and sexuality for publications such as Granta, The White Review, The Offing, and The Quietus. Her translations include work by leading female authors.

Get ready to challenge your own taboos at
Friday 31st March at 8.30 am
Design Museum
Tickets available on Mon 27th March.

Learn more about Saskia Vogel on saskiavogel.com