On the 7th December we had a talk from a lovely artist called Riitta Ikonen. She is originally from Finland but now works in London. Her work is concerned with the performance of images, through photography and costume design. She makes weirdly wonderful costumes which often have quite a theatrical look to them. Riitta is often excited by small insignificant objects, which she transforms into costumes and photographs in seemingly normal locations. This combination of bizarre and ordinary is what makes her work so different - she creates new experiences for people to discover. Riitta is very inspired by nature and several of her outfits, such as the snowflake, explore this theme in a very unique way.
Since graduating from the Royal College of Art Riitta has been very successful and was recently involved in designing a series of landscape features for the 2012 Olympic park. She is also collaborating with a New York artist called Ian Wright, producing diverse pieces that combine photography, costume and sculpture.She also gave some great tips such as: speak to everyone and anyone and always be passionate about what you do. Riitta was really wonderful to listen to and even though her work wasn't entirely to my taste, it was obvious she is extremely passionate about what she does.