Iina Koppinen: Writing and speaking – and thoughts about these

OHMYGOSSIP –  I’ve been sick, the flu for the whole week now! The stubborn one!  When I was getting better – then I had to do some stressful things.. and I was sick again.  And I’ve felt that I’am doing all in a complicated way this week.  And I hate difficulties! So, this week I haven’t been even in my thoughts in a right place at the right time.  Just been hoping that I’ve been in a right place at the wrong time or at the wrong place at the right time, with my thoughts and things had to be done.  I’ve been running around and preparing those upcoming exhibitions.  The whole week I’ve had this Albert Einstein quote in my mind “Everything must be made as simple as possible.  But not simpler.”, because last week I watched one document about him.

Creative work itself is a balanced whole, elements should support each other.  When one detail takes an attention away from the combination- then the work ain’t having the balance, which must have it to be successful.

photo Iina Koppinen | “all important things are more than important” | 2018

photo Iina Koppinen | collage pic | coffee and entertainment | 2018

There are good days and sometimes bad days.  My major work was trying to get distraction and bad feeling from my mind.  Days like these come to us sometimes – challenging days..

I’ve been thinking lately – why I chose to be a blog writer about my visual work, mostly. Maybe one reason – it keeps me confident, when I speak about art.  And it’s relaxing to write – makes things so much easier to express – and writing is also keeping motivation in visual art. I also want to be a better writer.  So, there are couple of good things, why to write, and how it works with me.

It’s a thin line between professional writing and diary- style blog text, this is my opinion.

In any case, good writing is quite simple in it’s structure and interesting combined with information.  There are many kind of texts as there are writers.  Simplicity doesn’t mean to limit things, just opening them up more easy.  I often should remember to rely on that big picture – doesn’t need to explain and open everything.

I use to work mostly alone – sometimes in the long run, the motivation to keep up working is somehow required.  Naturally maintaining will include all aspects of life and minimizing disturbing factors.  It is important to me the working environment is pleasant and clean.  And raising all the good and joyful things on the table, it gives me energy.

photo Iina Koppinen | selfie | 2018

photo Iina Koppinen | espresso and tea with a friend | 2018

I have had a problem – when things go wrong or feel I fail in something, I tend to feel hypersensitive panic and this can have a huge impact on how I feel about myself.  Through personal reflection I began to realize that it wasn’t always the situation that was affecting me but more the way in which I was internalising.  With this keeping in my mind – I decided to turn how I was viewing life’s challenges by seeing them less as obstacles and more like valuable life lessons to help me to learn and grow.  I admit this isn’t the easiest thing to do, but if I can’t change what happens in my life then I can change how respond to it.

This kind simplifying is sometimes difficult, but when I reach it – even in some parts – I notice that there are many things, topics of the days – to achieve a calm, peaceful and a happy day, almost every day.  And doing so, there’s no reason to panic even in those areas of work, which are challenging and perhaps feeling like obstacles.  This digitizing world might confuse our conventional thinking.  I don’t want to be confused or break in pieces whatever I do.  I want always reach my goals.

photo Iina Koppinen | art poster Anouk Studio | SPRING – collection | art Charlotte Taylor | 2018

photo Iina Koppinen | work in progress – new wallpapers | contrast on a wall |2018

Simplicity is also to know who you are, and doing it bravely.  As a concrete example – I’ve been asked why my Instagram account is full of different pictures and photos?  Why there’s not the clear line at the moment.. It doesn’t show only my visual art or who I am as a person – it also reflects how my motivation grows, where ideas come from and how they are ultimately bound up as a visual work.

photo and painting Iina Koppinen | Simple things | acryl on canvas |2018

I know the main topic should be the highlight, and now – almost a year after I started my account, I’am trying to solve, how to make the feed look better, but I hope I can keep in style, which looks myself.

Understanding the emphasizing own strength can only make positive impact!

Have a nice day where ever you are!

Ciao, lovelies







Link Love: Thoughts on Sustainable Fashion

Earlier this year, British publication The Pool published an interesting series called Wear Your Clothes: “An editorial series discussing sustainability and transparency within the fashion industry and looking at what we can do to love, treasure and make the most of the clothes that we enjoy wearing.” I wanted to share some of the articles today:

Fab Links from Our Members

La Belle Demimondaine found this article about Gwyneth Paltrow, Goop, and being in the “aspirational business,” fascinating.

MsMaven reports that San Jose outfit blogger Tanesha Awasthi has teamed up with Lane Bryant for a 20-piece clothing collection available in sizes 12 to 28.

Jenni NZ wanted to let us know that Karen Walker, one of New Zealand’s best-known fashion designers, is starting a collaboration with Madewell.

Runcarla thought this was interesting, and she’s glad some stations are encouraging and supporting their presenters to embrace their natural style.

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Ketamine offers lifeline for people with severe depression, suicidal thoughts

A few months ago, Alan Ferguson decided he was ready to die — for the third time. In 2014, he attempted suicide twice, and the persistent thoughts of “I need to be dead” were echoing in his brain once again.

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How Black Husbands Can Help Wives Cope With Miscarriages, Depression And Suicidal Thoughts

Millions of women have battled depression and suicidal thoughts, including Erica Campbell, a Grammy-winning gospel singer and star of TV One’s “We’re The Campbells.” She revealed her devastating struggle during an episode on the reality show that aired Tuesday.

Viewers saw and heard an openhearted Campbell talk about her miscarriage and how she once contemplated suicide. Campbell discussed her miscarriage — the traumatic loss of pregnancy that happens to Black women at higher rates than their white counterparts — with a trusted friend during the episode. The singer, like many other Black women, put on a strong front for the world after the emotional event, saying she didn’t take the time to properly grieve and kept it moving. More women should talk about the experience, with the “hardest part” being the “falling out of love” with your baby that you “fell in love with,” she also said.

A transparent Campbell also detailed her fight with depression and suicidal thoughts as a 12-year-old teen in another moment during the poignant episode. Warryn Campbell, her husband, was shocked to hear that his wife had contemplated taking her own life. (African-American adults are 20 percent more likely to report serious psychological distress than adult whites, and Black teens are more likely to attempt suicide than white teens according to Mental Health America.)

However, the singer’s story served as a testimony that she survived and went on to have a joyous life as a wife, mother and successful music artist.

It is women like Campbell who show the power of opening up about painful experiences to your inner circle and how healing is an attainable goal. There are also organizations and resources that women can turn to for help. Here are steps Black woman can take when life is overwhelming:

Find a Mental Health Professional

Searching these websites can connect women to someone who is trained to assist and support them.

Black Women Birthing Justice

African-American Mental Health Providers

Therapy For Black Girls Directory

Find A Sister Circle

These organizations can connect women with others who are going through trauma and seeking empowerment.

The California Black Women’s Health Project – Sisters Mentally Mobilized Community

Sister Circle Collective

Find Healing Activities

Writing, reading, dance, art and other creative outlets can help women tell their stories, chart their successes and soothe their souls.

Black Girl + Mental Health Blog

Unapologetically Us

The Siwe Project

Black Women In The Arts

The Black Girl Healing Project

The Black Girl Bravado

Here are resources for women who need more immediate help or a list of additional resources: Black Girls Smile and Suicide Prevention Resource Center – Lifeline.


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Thoughts on Distressed Jeans

On one end of the distressed jeans continuum, the distressing is mild. Jeans are stone-washed, whiskered, and faded to look weathered but they don’t have holes, rips or tears. On the other end, jeans are distressed in the extreme. They are ripped, torn, frayed, threadbare, and shredded to create holes. The distressing is deliberate, and you can purchase them brand new looking like they’ve been through a post-apocalyptic dystopia.

Here’s an assortment that shows the range:


The distressed jeans trend was adopted from street style, where jeans that distressed naturally with age became edgy, tough, daring and hip. Designers and retailers artificially manufactured distressed jeans to create the same vibe for the masses. It found a market, and there’s no stopping the trend.

Distressed jeans add texture to an outfit. They create a unique juxtaposition when combined with dressier pieces like pumps, blazers, glitzy jewellery and a structured bag. They do a great job of dressing down more formal wardrobe items so that you can wear them more frequently.

It’s easy to get philosophical about what distressed jeans might represent. They can symbolize that we are flawed, that there is beauty in imperfection, that we are weathered by life, that our path is not a perfectly pretty one, that we come from humble beginnings, and that we can weather a storm. They can also symbolize that we are polished, but not precious. That we have a down-to-earth and relatable component to our persona, despite the formality that we project from the outside.

Visually, highly distressed jeans are not my cup of tea. I prefer to project a polished and professional appearance. That said, I’ll wear very faded blue jeans — and skirts and jackets for that matter — and I don’t mind a frayed hem as long as there are no rips, tears and holes or shredding in the denim. I enjoy wearing faded denim because it’s the easiest way to dress down my dressy pieces so that I can wear them more often. I also like the colour of very faded blue denim.

What are your thoughts on distressed jeans?

Eloquii Peach Lift Jean

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Mindy Kaling has some very Kelly Kapoor thoughts on the tiny sunglasses trend

Mindy Kaling has some very Kelly Kapoor thoughts on the tiny sunglasses trend

Mindy Kaling has some very Kelly Kapoor thoughts on the tiny sunglasses trend

’90s nostalgia has essentially taken over the fashion world these days, and that includes eyewear. Celebs’ sunglasses have gotten so small, it’s like they stepped out of The Matrix (or your favorite Mary-Kate and Ashley straight-to-VHS movie). The tiny sunglasses have been seen on the faces of the famously fashionable like Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and of course Kim Kardashian West — by request of Kanye, who famously told her “You cannot wear big glasses anymore,” via email. But, one star has had enough of this trend, and she’s started a Twitter debate for the ages.

Mindy Kaling took to Twitter to denounce the trend, stating simply “I think we will regret this tiny sunglasses look.” The tweet was met with both support and opposition, leading to some hilarious responses.

One user in support of the look says, “Never regret something that made you feel good.”

One user took Kaling’s side and said, “They violate every rule of what I believe sunglasses should do and be.”

Another user said she hopes Kaling is wrong, because she’s already committed to the trend: “I hope not I’ve already bought like 7 pairs”

Even celebs weighed in on the debate. Kathy Griffin tweeted a picture of herself in large-frame sunnies with the caption, “Couldn’t agree more.”

And sunglasses afficionado Busy Philipps threw in her two cents, tweeting “I’m flat out refusing (ok I bought one pair but mostly [my daughter] Birdie wears them).”

Related article: 9 tiny sunglasses Kanye West would approve of to shop now

For what it’s worth, Jennifer Aniston is not a huge fan of the look either, telling Glamour that she’s “not a fan” of the style. “I just think they’re ridiculous. I’m a fan of classic sunglasses.”

The question remains: Will Kanye West respond to Kaling’s position? The rapper, who has had a series of out-there tweets as of late, predicted the whole trend would take off, instructing Kim in an email to stop wearing big sunglasses because “it’s all about tiny little glasses.” He even hand selected a couple of pairs for her. “He sent me like, millions of ’90s photos with tiny little glasses like this,” she said on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Free Agency Free-For-All: Thoughts On All The Deals Done Before The NFL Year Opens

Some quick-hit analysis on Sam Bradford to Arizona, Jimmy Graham to Green Bay, Case Keenum to Denver, Malcolm Butler to Tennessee and much more

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Children as young as 3 have brain network devoted to interpreting thoughts of other people

An new study finds the brain network that controls theory of mind has already formed in children as young as 3. The study is the first to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to scan the brains of children that young as they perform a task requiring the ability to make inferences about someone else’s state of mind.
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DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts” Featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller Wins Hip-Hop Song of the Year at 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards

DJ Khaled picked up the award for Hip-Hop Song of the Year for his summer jam “Wild Thoughts” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.

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My Thoughts on Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018

This week, Pantone announced it’s Color of the Year for 2018 and once again, interior designers and color experts are scratching their heads trying to understand why. To be honest, I find that their choice for Color of the Year always surprises me a little but I am actually quite excited about this year’s color!

So what’s the color?

Pantone has chosen Ultra Voilet, a blue-based purple, as their Color of the Year for 2018. According to their website, this color is “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

Why do I love it?

This bold purple is a beautiful color. For me, it would be the perfect color to describe who I want to be – strong, bold and beautiful. For lack of a better term: purple adds “feminity” or softness to a color scheme but in a bold, strong form. And since purple isn’t the first color most people turn to for their homes, it also creates a space that looks and feels unique and memorable quite easily!

Another thing I love about this color is that a little goes a long way. Because it is a bold, dramatic color, you don’t need a lot to make it really pop. Anyone who knows me knows that I like to keep things simple so if I can make a statement with only a few pieces, I’m in! Take the space above by Kim Bartley that we featured back in 2014. A few pops of a bold purple are all it takes to add a ton of personality to an otherwise neutral space.

I particular love purple as an accent color for a work space or home office. Purple is often associated with royalty and used to symbolize power, luxury and ambition. It is said to symbolize wisdom, dignity, independence and creativity as well. I find that, when used properly, purple can create a space that is energizing and stimulating to the senses.A few months ago, we challenged one of our design bloggers, Designer Michelle Cook, to create a dream home office design board and she chose to use purple paired with a neutral palette, modern shapes and luxurious textures. I absolutely loved the final design board and it renewed my love for this bold color choice!

Where will you use it?

Do I think we’re going to see a sudden surge of people decorating their homes in purple this year? Probably not. Purple is one of those colors that you either love or hate and if you don’t love it, it’s an easy color to get tired of. I don’t think we’ll see a lot of people suddenly falling in love with the color. That being said, I would love to see more homeowners embracing the use of purple in their homes.

Designer Nicholas Rosaci, our DIY Editor, is known for his use of bright color as seen on the blue and purple desk makeover he did earlier this year or the gorgeous home office we featured back in 2013 that featured a deep bluish purple on the walls and a beautiful, bold purple accent chair!

If this is a little to bold for your tastes, adding a few purple accents to a space is a great way to play with the color in a more subtle manner like Jackie Glass did in the space that we featured in 2015 which included bold purple accent chairs in the living room and a soft purple feature wall with a few bold purple accents in the bedroom. Some of the easiest ways to add this color with minimal commitment: fresh florals, vases, artwork and throw pillows.

What do you think of Pantone’s choice for 2018? Do you love it or hate it? Will you use it? Let us know!

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41 Thoughts You Have Watching ‘Say Yes To The Dress’

1. How do I always get suckered into watching this show on Friday nights?

2. I can tell if we’re in New York or Atlanta mostly by whether it’s Randy or Fake Southern Randy.

3. Judging by the morning staff meetings, this place will only see brides on a given day if they fit into that day’s easily digestible category, like “brides who brought their fathers” or “brides who want a weird-colored dress” or “brides with horribly judgmental friends who probably shouldn’t be there.”

4. Who are all these other staff members? They’re at the morning meeting, then they disappear. Where do they go after this? Are they magical, ephemeral dress fairies? That would actually explain a lot.

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Édouard Glissant: 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts: Documenta Series 038

Édouard Glissant: 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts: Documenta Series 038

This notebook is Hans Ulrich Obrist''s homage to the French author, poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant (1928-2011). Glissant, one of the most influential figures of the French-speaking Caribbean and a pioneer of postcolonial thinking, called attention to means of global exchange which do not homogenize culture but produce a difference from which new things can emerge. Obrist encountered Glissant at the beginning of his career, through the recommendation of Alighiero Boetti. In his introduction, Obrist creates a multilayered portrait of the intellectual, laying out some of his key concepts: the creolization of the world, archipelic thought, and the museum as archipelago, as well as utopia. These ideas are explored by Glissant in a selection of title pages of his books with drawings, notations and poetic dedications that are reproduced here in facsimile.
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