We are excited to share this artist collaboration with you that holds five posters and an embroidered cushion cover in pure linen.
Isis Maakestad, born 1986, is a visual artist and illustrator based in Gothenburg. She took her bachelor’s exam in fine arts at The Art Academy in Bergen Norway 2016. Subsequently she has been working with different projects such as exhibitions and illustrations in Sweden and Norway.
Isis artwork takes several forms; painting, illustration, collage, ceramic. She often works with a muted color palette and a decorative sparseness which feels pleasantly instinctual. The cropping in the compositions in Isis paintings increases the dynamics of her subjects and gives space for an unknown narrative. Significantly she never let perfection ruin her art.
Creative Director Elisabeth Dunker of Fine Little Day had a talk with Isis about her inspiring work. Scroll down to read the interview.
I had the luck to grow up with a mum who always was very creative. She worked in theater and did paintings in oil. So painting and drawing have been around me as part of my natural environment. When I was around 20 I decided that paint and drawing is something I wanted to develop more with real focus.
What are some of the highlights of your life as an artist so far?
I must say that the highlight so far has been meeting some of my best friends and while exploring ceramics!
If you could spend the day with any artist, past or present, who would it be?
Louise Bourgeois for sure! I Love her work and the energy she did put into her work. How she made the personal universal and the way she explored different materials. Her work never leaves me untouched.
Can you tell us a bit about your creative process?
My process often starts very intuitive. Maybe I want to try a new material and take it from there. But while in the process I often think in series and that is where a narrative is born. I try to stay open to the process as long as I can until I feel a balance and rythm.
Do you think there were other roads you could have taken, other than art? If so, what are they?
Yes! Before my art studies I really thought (and sometimes still do) that I wanted to be a psychologist or anthropologist. I think its very fascinating exploring behaviors, languages and the ways we communicate.
We proudly present this woven textile pattern by the ceramic artist Masayoshi Oya for Fine Little Day called UDON. The collection is jacquard woven on linen in blue and consists of fabric, a cushion cover, tea towel, tablecloth, place mat and a tie bread basket. Explore the collection and Masas ceramic works below.
One afternoon in 1996, Masayoshi Oya (or Masa as friends call him) was watching TV at his parents’ home in Tokyo when he stumbled on a 60’s inspired indie pop song video from Sweden. The song playing was Carnival with the group Cardigans. There was something about the retro-inspired aesthetics and the airy sound that felt familiar and new at the same time. The music remained in his head for a long time.
Ten years later (2006) Masa sent an application to the craft school Capellagården in Vickleby, Öland. He was accepted and packed the bags to move to Sweden.
– It took me two hours to buy a train ticket at the Central station in Stockholm. I knew nothing basically about Sweden, I could not speak a word in Swedish nor English.
The sound of the turntable is soft in Masas studio on Hisingen in Gothenburg. The process is meditative, he says. The whole body works, the brain and hands are in direct contact with each other. The turning may require the most focus. The hands must be kept still, the clod centered, and the whole body adapted to the properties of the clay to obtain the desired shape.
– I prefer to turn, but occasionally roll and cast in plaster molds as the clay needs the same thickness all the way. So there are a few different reasons why I change technique.
Masas hands are constantly dry, no matter how much he lubricates them, for more than a decade they have kneaded, turned and trimmed. The fact that Masas popularity has grown beyond the borders of Sweden is evident. Besides producing products on demand, he also produces artworks for exhibitions around the world.
Masayoshi Oya (b 1979) was born in Japan, trained in Japan and in Sweden, and has worked in Gothenburg for many years. In the media of ceramics and with great precision, he creates both practical and artistic pieces as well as sculptures that challenge our preconceptions about what ceramics can be. In 2019 he received the prestigious scholarship by The Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture, and just finished an exhibition at Göteborgs Konstmuseum in Feb 2020.