Retreat

This exhibition of a textile designer Kaire Tali´s works looks back at her two years taken off from the usual busy everyday life to reflect and re-evaluate her goals.
Perhaps this break was caused by an outside reason, this is not stated, however I quite like the idea of switching off for a while and taking a sabbatical for a period of time and I think this is becoming more popular in our busy everyday world.

Kaire Tali is a long time successful Estonian textile designer and one of the starters of the applied arts council of Katarina Guild.
„Retriit” is the designer and artist´s personal emotional journey manifesting in the comeback.

Her papier maché torsos wander into the realm of paper sculptures, while having a play with style and aesthetical garments that you can look at, but not wear, or at least this is how they “spoke” to me while looking at the displays.

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The exhibition stays open till 10th July 2016 at Tallinn Design and Architecture Gallery.

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Transparent fashion

Standing like the beheaded warriors of light, silent and mysterious. This captivating exhibition took place at Estonian capital Tallinn, at the Old Town in a medieval Katariina church. Unfortunately the exhibition spun over just a week, closing yesterday, but i managed to get a glimpse of it to share here.

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This fashion exhibition went back to the roots, showing „transparently”  how the pieces of clothing were made, while using the recycling approach to the production, as opposed to the mass produced anonymous and harmful for the environment fast fashion. The list of designers and artists consisted of a selection of names from the local Fashion Council, including my very first fashion drawing tutor Liivika Põvat-Strauss.

The illuminated display stands create a very atmospheric feeling, induced by the darkness of the medieval church. To illustrate the transparent creation process, every designer has written down a journey of their used materials, along with a sketch.
The torsos will be later „recycled” into floor lamps – I´d fancy having one of those in my flat!

Riina O at Oksana Tandit boutique Tallinn

It is a great pleasure to announce the re-start of our collaboration as a guest designer with Oksana Tandit boutique in Tallinn, Estonia.
From the beginning of November we are offering there a selection of  our classical leather glove models, as well as some from our latest Autumn/Winter collection. Laser cut leather is combined with details of hairy ponyskin, featuring funky hairy buttons as decoration element.
Exclusively in Tallinn boutique we are offering a slightly modified version of classical elbow-length gloves, with Mousquetaire-style buttons on the wrist.

Riina O Jessica gloves

In addition to the limited edition collection of gloves in standard sizes, from S to XL, there is also an opportunity to place a personal order based on client´ s hand measurements. Free of charge as part of this project. In this case firstly a trial sample is made, if the size fits, only then the ordered pair gets crafted at our London studio, to guarantee perfectly fitting pair of gloves.

Oksana Tandit boutique is a beautiful designer´ s showroom of the namesake fashion designer, that hosts a selection of products from the guest designers. Current “guests”, in addition to Riina O gloves, are Tanel Veenre jewelry and Jukocute bags.

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Oksana Tandit Boutique
Tornimäe 5, Tallinn
Opening Hours: from Monday to Friday from 11AM to 5PM

Read our press release in Estonian from web magazine Femme.

Visual Diary: Estonia

Estonia for me is home, nature, relaxation and destress.
The Summer days are never ending and nights are “white” in July.

Tallinn Bay
Tallinn Bay at 1.30am

My part of Estonia is the Western Island of Saaremaa.

Saaremaa

The land of nature and forests full of goodies.

Saaremaa2

Every night at the sunset, around 10pm I went for a run – 2.5km of rural road embraced by nature till a little feral pond to dip right in, even when the weather wasn´t hot. On one of my runs i saw a wild deer eating grass just 2m in front of me at the side of the road.

deers

We went on a road trip to Kõrvemaa Nature Reserve in Northern Estonia, which is great for hiking and has remarkable boggy environment with small carnivorous  plants.

Kõrvemaa
Kõrvemaa bog

The capital Tallinn has preserved its fairy-tale-like medieval identity.

Tallinn
Medieval part of Tallinn

Visit Estonia if you can, Summer is the best season for it!