Hello! I’m Teija Vartiainen (b. 1985), a Print and Textile Designer based in Helsinki. I have completed Master’s Programme in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Mostly I work with printed and woven textile surfaces for fashion and interior industries, but I’m available for other visual design assignments too.

Since 2012 I have designed prints independently and via an agent mainly to Scandinavian, European, and Japanese companies such as H&M, Tiger of Sweden, Senshukai (Belle Maison), Sangetsu, and more. I enjoy to work with my three distinctive styles: moody digital collages, playful hand-drawn stories, and sophisticated abstract surfaces. The versatility of styles allows to refresh the perspective, and also reach wider clientele. Especially my all-over surfaces and digital collages have been bestsellers, because of their commerciality, and unique first-hand materials collected during inspiration trips. During the design process, I often observe the sensory illusions such as sensing the depth or movement on a flat surface, the flow of the repeat, and the relation between colour and composition. Still the starting point is the most crucial stage – how to find an original angle for observing the matter, in order that the result won’t be a variation of someone else’s work or repetition of something I have done before. The way I work is largely based on intuition.

My personal guideline is to maintain an honest, sensitive, and curious mindset towards new. Besides I’m available for freelance projects, I’m always open to new and challenging in-house job opportunities in Europe. If you have a job role in mind, please don’t hesitate to contact me via LinkedIn. I’m a member of Eyes on Talents platform by Floriane de Saint Pierre & Associés for talent in visual creative disciplines, and the EOT profile is available on request for recruiters. However, if you would like to meet for viewing, my works are available in tangible format too, containing research, artwork originals, and material samples.

Photo © Aava Anttinen

Selected press, exhibition & trade show APPEARANCES

Aalto Festival, Tekstiili16 (FI)
Asun (FI)
Avotakka (FI)
Computer Arts (UK)
Deko (FI)
Design Milk (US)
Evening Standard (UK)
Financial Times, How To Spend It (UK)
HDW Habitare, Protoshop (FI)
Homes & Gardens (UK)
House Beautiful (UK)
LDF Decorex International (UK)
LDF Tent London (UK)
Livingetc (UK)
Lokal, Bloom (FI)
Première Vision Indigo (FR)
Proposte Milan (IT)
SDW Stockholm Furniture Fair (SE)
Style.com (US)
Sunday Times Style (UK)
The Guardian (UK)
The Telegraph (UK)
Trendi (FI)
Vogue (FR, IT, UK)
Vosgesparis (NL)
Wallpaper* (UK)