Makers

Behind the Stall: Jonna Saarinen

Interview & photos by Helen Ward - L O I S, Peckham

The first thing that hits you on entering Jonnaʼs work space at Bainbridge Studios is the colours. Bright colour samples hang from the walls, fluorescent inks stand in the cupboard, and the huge printing table is covered in multi-coloured patterns left from previous screen printing efforts.

Jonna at her London studio

Jonna at her London studio

Originally from Finland, Jonna has been producing her own printed homewares since 2011. All of her work is made from sustainably sourced materials with the textiles being printed by hand with chemical-free eco inks at her studio space in Bainbridge Studios, West Norwood.

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Occupation:

Full-time textile designer & screen printer, and a part-time camper van restorer.

When and why did you start doing what you do?:

After graduating with my Masters degree from the Royal College of Art in 2011, I continued working with my final project of sustainably printed kitchen items and it slowly developed into the little homeware brand it is now. It all started really from my love for colour and sustainability, and the urge to create bright things that make people smile. I think good design should be fun, affordable, sustainable and available for everyone.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?:

Without a doubt the screen printing part! It is the journey from mixing your inks, via printing, to the washing your screen afterwards that makes each printed item individual and created with love.

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Who are your top 5 favourite designer-makers?:

Oh that is a difficult one, but here goes:

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And finally, if you have them, can you let us know your web address, Twitter name etc so people reading this can see more of your work?:

Website: www.jonnasaarinen.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joojonnie
Instagram: @joojonnie
Blog: http://joojonnie.tumblr.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonnasaarinendesign

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