Artist collaboration: Unni Toivola

We love Unni’s raw, expressive and explosive expressions. Her manners feels bold and pleasantly fragmented with overlapping patched patterns and motifs.

We discovered artist Unni Toivola (b. 1991) and her amazing work through the urban art projekt #ArtMadeThis where we had the opportunity to select one of the contributing artists and make a poster collection for Fine Little Day. Toivola works and lives in Gothenburg where she took her Bachelor Degree in Design at HDK School of Design and Crafts 2016.

Toivolas artistry has its foundation in painting, but has recently explored and branched to textiles and sculpture as well, where her unique expression is recognizable cross media. Toivolas artistic approach is best described as process-based, where the process and curiosity drives her forward and which significantly appears in her end-results – where repetition and disassembled of artworks lead to new motives.

For Fine Little Day, Unni Toivola has made three poster motifs, a photo of a ceramic sculpture and two of a painted art work.

See more of Unni’s work here.



Your working method, do you work with sketches or just intuitively?

It’s mostly sketches actually. I usually sketch small pieces at a time, much like the drawing game Exquisite corpse. I draw, fold the paper, draw again, fold it away, sketch a new piece and so on. So I don’t see the whole picture until later when I unfold it. And then it might be good, or not good at all. It feels boring to over think things. I often repeat the same motif several times just to feel the difference in the result, between the woven and the painted, even though it is the same motif.

What about materials, do you prefer to work with something particular?

I have no medium I prefer to work with, usually I just want it to go fast. I am too impatient and don’t want to get stuck over-think things. Of course, ceramics and weaving can both seem to be mediums that takes a long time, but I work quickly in both. Partly because I have chosen not to learn exactly how to be technically good at them. Then I would feel like I have to work too carefully and the feeling is lost for me.

Your works often give a tactile impression, is that part important?

Before when I worked as a graphic designer I became restless and bored to sit in front of the computer and not be able to physically feel what I’m doing. I like the sense of being able to touch the material, to see and feel the end result, like in this oil pastel drawing (referring to Conversion Poster). 

You are selected from the Art Made This-project, what was it like to paint your contribution on the garage wall?

It was fun but also a bit anxious. I have painted walls before, but then I’ve always known that someone would paint over it, or that it might be washed away. Now it will be permanent and that is a new for me. I’m very happy with how it turned out though and proud to be among the selected.

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