Helsinki Design Week 2017: Events for DIY people

Would you like to make your own leather clutch or practise modern calligraphy? Here are our tips for DIY people for Helsinki Design Week 2017.

See our full programme here.

Our Forest Workshop

Participants in this workshop are invited to create a three-dimensional forest by cutting leaves, plants and forest creatures out of translucent film. The jungle-like piece will be an artwork emerging as it is constructed. The installation, which will be made of colourful plexiglass walls, will begin as a bare forest in the spring and will grow into full bloom as the exhibition visitors add their own touches to the piece.

Korkeavuorenkatu 23


Modern Calligraphy Workshop

Do you love handwriting and pretty things? Obsessed with typography and script fonts? Looking for new ways to channel your creativity? This modern calligraphy workshop is for you! No previous lettering experience is required, as the class will start from the beginning and guide you through the basics of modern calligraphy step-by-step. By the end of the class, you will have learned the basic strokes, techniques and letterforms of modern calligraphy. You will also design and create your first calligraphy piece – it could be a chosen quote or phrase, a logo, poster design or a wedding invite!

Number of participants: 14

Price: 39 e (Includes a modern calligraphy starter kit with ink, nib, pen holder and worksheets as well as light refreshments on the day)

Pre-registration: aini(at)

Saturday 16 September
Bulevardi 14


Pop-up Clutch Workshop

Join the trends of ecological fashion and participate in a pop-up clutch workshop.

In the workshop, participants will produce a handmade envelope bag from the Pihka collection. The material of the bag is vegetable tanned leather.

Number of participants: 7

Price: 160 e (Includes high-quality vegetable tanned leather for the clutch, other materials, guidance)

Pre-registration before 10.9.: info(a)

Friday 15.9. 17:30-21:30 or Saturday 16.9. 09:30-12:30
Yrjönkatu 30


Re-Imagine Arabia – Plate Decoration Workshop

In this workshop, you can repaint an old Arabia plate with help from Laura Pehkonen, an accomplished Finnish visual artist who works mainly with unique ceramics.

“As an artist, I’ve always been interested in multiple layers, dimensions and stories. Variations in pattern and colour, as well as imperfections like cracks and scratches, inspire me. When was this plate made? What did it look like back then? Who owned it, held it, washed it – what was their home like? What were they thinking? This little plate has seen so much in its long history.”

Saturday 16.9.
Habitare, Asun-lehden osasto


Co-Design Story! – Design Tools for Creating Fiction

A storytelling workshop on how to create meaningful story worlds, plots, characters and scenarios for postliterary contexts. The event is aimed especially for writers, designers, game developers and writing enthusiasts.

“We think that stories are so important that it is time to understand how they can be designed. On our excursion to creative storytelling, we’re going to apply and create different design methods to help create meaningful fiction. Our focus will be on the question: how can co-creative methods support the creative process of writing professionals, storytellers and people interested in learning how to create fiction?”

Pre registration: cocreatestory[at] before 1.9.2017

Friday 8 September
Nuoren Voiman Liitto
Fredrikinkatu 23 D 4


Around Journal – Drawing Fashion

Visual culture site Around Journal brings a unique cross-discipline creative event to Kunsthalle Helsinki. Using a croquis drawing technique, participants will be introduced to selected examples of Finnish fashion design. The creative drawing evening will be held in the surroundings of Julian Rosenfeldt’s Manifesto Exhibition. Please bring your own drawing materials!

Price: 10 e

Tickets here

Monday 11 September
Art Hall
Nervanderinkatu 3


Designing with Flowers

The designing with flowers workshop is about combining flowers, design, photography and food. Floral designer Laura Syväniemi will teach the principles and techniques of floral work from a design point of view. We will use flowers as our creative tool and focus specifically on shape, texture and movement in our creations.

Participants will get to indulge in a carefully curated flower bar filled with the most stunning blooms of the season, as well as to photograph their finished work with Kreetta Järvenpää’s guidance in front of a selection of handmade backdrops.

Number of participants: 8

Price: 245 e (Includes teaching in floral design and photography, vessel and flowers for your arrangement, all required tools, lunch and refreshments


Sunday 10 September
Work office door 10
Kirkonkyläntie 103