|Aino-Maija Metsola is a Helsinki-based freelance illustrator and designer who graduated with an MA in graphic design from the University of Art and Design Helsinki.|
With her immense interest in color, Aino-Maija creates bold yet subtle prints using different techniques ranging from watercolor to ink, markers and gouache.
Aino-Maija has been collaborating with Marimekko since 2006. Her most recognizable designs for Marimekko are Jurmo (name of an island) and Juhannustaika (Midsummer magic) as well as the Sääpäiväkirja (Weather Diary) series of painterly patterns for tableware and textiles.
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|Marimekko / Finland|
Marimekko is a Finnish lifestyle design company renowned for its original prints and colors. The company's product portfolio includes high-quality clothing, bags and accessories as well as home décor items ranging from textiles to tableware.
When Marimekko was founded in 1951, its unparalleled printed fabrics gave it a strong and unique identity. The classic Unikko pattern was created in 1964, after Marimekko founder Armi Ratia publicly proclaimed a ban on flowers in Marimekko prints. Artist Maija Isola defied the order and designed a whole collection of floral patterns that were so fresh and unique that Armi ended up taking eight of them. One of those she accepted was Unikko, the future icon of icons.