From a childhood in the small Finnish town of Paltaniemi, through her schooling at the University of Brighton, Sanna Annukka has been exploring the visual storytelling of nature and folklore, particularly The Kalevala, a collection of Finnish folklore songs. Some years ago, she started selling limited-edition prints in a Scandinavian design shop in London [like this print I coveted almost a year ago], and now she is collaborating with international companies like Marimekko and Topshop.
Above are two of her textile patterns for Marimekko, including home accessory applications. Below, casual fashion for Topshop. Here is where I might complain that these tops are only available via the Topshop UK site, but they’re actually sort of dowdy-looking. Cool graphics, but not great fashion. Nonetheless, it’s great to see the work applied in a new way.