• A Teacher

    A Designer

    Entrepreneur

    Cultural Student

    BORN IN HELSINKI, FINLAND

    STUDIED IN SAN FRANCISCO

    WORKED IN JÄRVENPÄÄ , FINLAND AND LOUISIANA, USA

    CULTURAL AND ART COURSES IN EUROPE, ASIA, MIDDLE-EAST AND AFRICA

    HUMAK student of Cultural Administrator 2018-

     

    HI

    I am KIRSI-MARJA

  • WHAT DO I LOVE DOING?

     

    WHAT IF I DID IT ALL?

     

    AFTER 20 YEARS OF TEACHING I TOOK A DELVE INTO ARTS AND CULTURE IN THE HOPES TO MIX THIS ALL UP.

     

    IN THE KISS AS A TEACHER, DESIGNER, MUSICIAN AND STUDENT OF CULTURE I HEADED TO STUDIES IN THE UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES OF ARTS AND CULTURE IN THE FALL OF 2018.

     

    AS ARTS MANAGER I WILL WORK AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN PEOPLE, BRINGING THEM CLOSER TO THE WORLD OF ARTS AND CULTURE.

     

    MY PASSION LIES IN THE FIELDS OF TEACHING, FASHION, HEALTH AND THE ARTS AND CULTURES. MY FUTURE AIM IS TO CROSS-POLLINATE THESE PASSIONS AND MY LOVE FOR PEOPLE. FOR MYSELF IT IS ALL AN ATTEMPT TO INCREASE THE AWARENESS OF SELF-WORTH THROUGH THE POWER OF EXPRESSION AND HOPEFULLY BE AN EXAMPLE .

     

    ALL IS ART, ART IS ALL. PMY ASSION IS TO TEACH AND TO BE TAUGHT.

     

    I ALSO WORK WITH A WORLDWIDE TEAM TO BUILD A MOVEMENT THAT LIFTS UP ARTISANS AROUND THE WORLD ENABLING THEIR SKILLS AND STORIES TO BE SEEN AND HEARD.

     

    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SOUP!

     

  • Me as an artist

    I pursue life as a passion for each moment surfing the waves of "The right There" capturing it into my visual artwork.

     

    By my collection, Warriorz and Warriettes 18, I aim to communicate my "Right There" of past six years.

     

    It is said that, It is good to know the timing and for that you must recognize the times. This period of time has catapulted me around the world to learn of different cultures, arts and artisans. The colors, smells, voices and different kinds of lives of precious people of Finland, Greece, Mozambique, Middle East, India, Morocco and Louisiana have made an impact on me. The incredible artisans, their devotion and humility yet amazing skill and craftsmanship has brought me to a place of awe and inspiration.

     

    "Right there" is a place where worlds collide. It is a place where the known and the unknown meets. The place of facing fear yet putting on the armor of courage and faith. A place where warriaz and warriettes dwell. It is where Justice seem to have ran to hide and love has been replaced by lust. It is where the values of the corporate world has swalloed the Light and Truth, cuffed it for slavery for its own agenda. It is where Hope is eternal and Love conquers all fear. Its a place where the magic happens.

     

    Right There, you decide what happens.

     

    I have got many heros, those invisible and unknown warriaz and warriettes fighting to increase love and faith in hard, very dark places where fear and hatred, greed and selfishness has polluted the athmosphere.

     

    The work is plenty, the laborers are yet few.

    With my collection I want to Call out for Warriorz and Warriettes!

     

    How did I find my "Right There"

     

    On my journey, I stopped my life in the dry Sahara Desert spending time with nomads while colliding into "Right there" while the nomad within me dived into surface. That is when I realized, I am a representative of a tribe, a root. Coming from a strong tribal country, Finland, I have taken on a nomadic journey, not on camels but on airplane.

     

    I have been compelled to follow the Wind of the Spirit after the waters of life to learn and to put in place an understanding that transcends thru my Art, an understanding that to me is best communicated through art. The process of following the wind after the living waters, took me to an unknown journey thru earth and places of great consuming fires. Of those I am greatful and still at awe.

     

    In this collection the Water meets the Air, and the Fire meets the Earth, creating a place of "Right There" .

  • MY PASSIONS

    Culture-bathing

    Pemba, Mozambique

    Overnight stays in African mudvillages and getting in touch with local culture and orphanages for three months.

    Israel

    Teamwork and culture in Jerusalem, Israel.

    Kolkata, Intia

    In depth course into the culture and social work of a clothing factory in Kolkata, India. The work centered in the the world's biggest bordel area, Sonagachi, giving the women and their families an opportunity for a sustainable life.

    Louisiana, Usa

    Musical performances

    Louisiana, Usa

    Designing and Producing clothing for art performances

  • I LOVE MY HANDS

    IN U NITI - project

    A native artisans and consumer co-laborative artist project. July 26 to August 18, 2018.

    I love my Hands IN U NI TI

    A collaborative public - artisan arts project. The public will trace their hands on the front of the dress, while the native artisans from around the world will decorate them in their cultural decor. A website will be attached to this project to promote their own items for sale. A win-win co lab.

    This is a unique art project on this beautiful satin wedding dress. It speaks of the desire to enter in into covenant of hope, peace, love and rest for eternity. All who are willing come. The hand prints from the different nations filled with the color and decor from the indigenous people groups speak of the value of unity in the human life to perform who we authentically are and to be valued as unique individuals. Each one.

    I love my Hands IN U NI TI

    I am looking forward to starting this amazing project where the indigenous people groups from around the world join hands with the rest of us by decorating hand prints on this wedding dress. The project will take off Thursday 26 of July, 2018. If you know local natives hand craft artisans, please refer them to me. Exciting!

  • Social Me

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  • Takara United is a new kind of branding and marketing consulting agency. You can contact us through our site and learn more. We are passionate about building connections with likeminded social businesses around the world to support one another and learn together. Takara United offers services in the field of branding and marketing.

  • TAKARA UNITED

    TAKARA UNITED VISION FOR LATER

    Sustainable, ethical fashion brand 'in the making'.

    This project is a great dream, that started when our team watched a documentary 'The True Cost'. At this time we are developing our expertise needed to accomplish the vision. Our vision is to connect with likeminded brands and make this world a better place!

    What is ethical fashion?

     

    TAKARA UNITED -fashion brand is a contemporary brand that takes an ethical approach to fashion and wellness. We plan to elevate handicrafts from artisans around the globe and touch the lives of both the makers and wearers of our products. The name Takara means treasure in Japanese, which pretty much sums us up.

     

    What is sustainable fashion?

     

    We’re not just talking about our products, but also about our community. We value ourselves, our makers and our wearers. Our mission is to bring artisans closer to shoppers while preserving and celebrating culturally significant handicrafts and design.

    What is Fair Trade?

     

    We combine purpose with style in all that we do, and we believe that fashion should be fair, sustainable, and more meaningful

  • Time was is and will be

    My blogposts talk about living in the now

    January 15, 2019
    December 6, 2018
  • My Education

    Designer, Patternmaker and Production

    Fashion Institute of Design and Merchindising

    Associate of Arts (AA)1990-1993)

    Helsinki University

    Pedagogy 2008-2009

    Humak University of Applied sciences, Helsinki Finland

    Cultural Administrator 2018 - BA studies

  • Artspace Shreveport, Louisiana

    Artist Studio Project by Shreveport Regional Arts Council (Srac)

    May 31 - Aug 9, 2018

    Shreveport Regional Arts Council (Srac) exists to make arts known and accessible to all. For the second time, Srac is offering an opportunity to the regional artists to experience working in a studio, instead at home. The concept is so wonderful, because the artists get to collaborate with one another and create a project not just individually, but also together.

     

    This year, the selected artists were:

    John Daniel, Kirsi-Marja Hardy, Madeline Marak, Paige Powell, Shery Tamburo and Mike Torma.

    Stay tuned, more to come...

    A sentence or two describing this project.

    This is how we began.

    Artist statement is above. I would add, that the installation has been a great project, and really puts an artist to a flow of the coming creation. I love decorating this space while I am drifting in my thoughts to the inspiration and creation of upcoming collection. It feels great to start downloading past six years of amazing experiences. I am excited to see what is to come!

  • Reach Out

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  • NEW Phone: 318-507-7039

    To get a copy of my resume, please contact for more. Please note, the number has changed. The new number is 318-507-7039.

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