hi, it’s me, matilda
Matilda Palmu is Helsinki-based artist, designer, teacher and dreamer. She works in the borderline of art and design. Artistic expression and design based problem solving go hand in hand in her work. It’s important to Matilda that her works have some kind of statement or a story. She believes that visual objects are strong mediums for transmitting messages.
Matilda has background in crafts, product and furniture design, applied arts and currently she’s doing her MA studies in the field of textile design. Art has gradually taken over her work and she describes her work as design art.
“To see beauty around you, you have to learn how to see. For me a huge part of learning how to be a designer and an artist was to learn how to see. I observe the world in great curiosity and in that curiosity my creativity comes from. I’m intuitive, empathetic and sensitive person and those qualities are my strongest assets as a designer and an artist.
I love working with different materials and I tend to see materials from a broad perspective. Material for me can be something tangible as well as something quite abstract such as human interaction or emotions. Sometimes I let the material take over and lead the way in my creative process.
At the moment I’m studying textile design and it has been very inspirational and liberating. I feel that textiles are perfect medium for transmitting stories - there’s endless opportunities with color, material and pattern combinations. In a short period of time textiles have become my passion and I’m excited to see where this new choice of material will take me. “
I’m open for many different kind of collaborations and comission works.
Don’t hesitate to contact me :)
Instagram: @matildapalmu and @matildainen
Facebook: Matilda Palmu
Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design (changed programme from Product and Spatial Design department in Spring 2018)
Master of Arts
2011 - 2015
Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Institute of Design and Fine Arts
Bachelor’s Degree programme of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design
University of Arts Utrecth, exchange semester
2009 - 2011
Turku University of Applied Sciences
Bachelor’s Degree programme of Product Design
2005 - 2008
Mynämäki Craft and Design College
Degree of Metal Artisan
2003 - 2005
Kastu’s Upper Secondary School
The Finnish Matriculation Examination
Protoshop Exhibition at Habitare Fair Helsinki, with the works “Night Flowers” interior textiles
Chart Art Fair Copenhagen with UU Market, with the artwork “Makkara / Sausage” -wallrug
Experimental Textile Design exhibition, with the work “The ar/ct of balancing”
Emoveo exhibition, with the artwork “Transition”
Welded & Woven exhibition at Artek 2nd Cycle Helsinki with the work "Maja"
EcoDesign exhibition at Habitare Furniture Fair Helsinki with the work "Lehdet"
Matter -exhibition in Atski gallery Helsinki, with the artworks “Come and paint with me” and “Dark matter”
Barewood -exhibition in Milan Design Week 2017, with the work “Lehdet”
Protoshop 2016 -exhibition at the Habitare furniture fair with the work "Intuition"
Unveiled -exhibition at Habitare furniture fair Helsinki, with the works “Tipu” and “Käpy”
Unveiled -exhibition at DMY Design Festival Berlin, with the works “Tipu” and “Käpy”
MI15 -exhibition in Helsinki, with the works “Tipu” and “Käpy”
Wire chair -exhibition in shopping centre Karisma Lahti, with the wire chair “Tribute”
Woodment -exhibition at Propuu Lahti, with the sculpture “Viuhka”
Aalto University of Arts’ DoD Grant for artistic production “Genderfuck”
Aalto University of Arts’ DoD Grant for the group exhibition “Emoveo”
Finnish Cultural Foundation Art and science grant for the group exhibition project “Unveiled”
Furniture Foundation grant for the group exhibition project “Unveiled”
Current position (started in 2017)
Teacher at Helsinki adult education college (HEO) in Architecture, Design and Interior Design- class
Working in an exhibition production “Emoveo” and my main responsible area was social media (among other things such as builduing the exhibition etc)
Producer for Tekstiili18 exhibition + being part of designing the exhibition’s visual and spatial concept
Designing the graphic appearance for the exhibition Welded & Woven
Spring semester 2017
Board member of TOKYO, Students of Art, Design and Architecture in Aalto University
Designing the exhibition layout and curating the exhibition for Lahti Institute of Design Furniture Design department at MI15 event in Kattilahalli, Helsinki
Being part and working as AD and project coordinator in “Unveiled 2015” -exhibition project. The exhibition was shown at DMY Design Festival Berlin and also at Habitare furniture fair in Helsinki
Designing and making lighting/light installation for pop-up restaurant Ravintola Hukkatila
Working in a project with Design Driven city -initiative
Designing and making Tove Jansson 100 year -exhibition furniture
Taking part in designing, building and working in Lahti Institute of Design department at DMY Design fair 2013
Design Thinking Project (DESTHI) with Lahti Travel. Making concepts for Lahti Travel travel agency and improving their services