Bobbin’s 1st of 5 Imaginary Lives

For a few weeks now, I’ve been working on recovering my creative and artistic self with a self-help book, The Artist’s Way. Perhaps you know it?

If you’re interested in getting your hands on a hard copy, here’s a list of used book stores in Seattle where you will be very likely to find a gently used copy of the book:

This book encourages me to dream, to believe and to live creatively, and I thought it would be fun for you and I to take some of the activities from the book and share them here.

In one of the activities, I was asked to jot down 5 imaginary lives. I hope you will join me and share your lives with me no matter how silly, whimsical, wild or practical they are!

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. -Dr. Seuss


1. If I could do anything and live anywhere I wanted, I would LOVE to live in Finland (not to mention, raise my children there) and design some patterns for Marimekko!

Marimekko’s designs are always neat, elegant, vibrant and fun! (Just like me! :))

If Finnish culture and Finnish everyday life is anything like what I have seen through the designs at Marimekko, then I would move my life there in a heartbeat!

“colour doesn’t yell- it glows”

Unikko was designed by one of the designers at Marimekko in the 1960’s and has become the iconic trademark design of the Finnish brand. file

History of Unikko

50 years of Flower Power:

Why has this particular pattern had such staying power for Marimekko?

The pattern came out after Armi Ratia, the owner and founder of Marimekko, declared that Marimekko could never do floral prints. That was when designer Maija Isola, who was a bit of a rebel, created a collection of florals, one of which was Unikko. The pattern was produced, and it’s very graphic and very in tune with the DNA of the company. Over the years, it has been done and redone in more than 100 colorways. Through new colorations, it evolved and has always remained popular.



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