Lotta Nieminen: City of Women

Released Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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City of Women, by Lotta Nieminen.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Doctors Without Borders.

Lotta Nieminen is an illustrator, graphic designer and art director from Helsinki, Finland. She has studied graphic design and illustration at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and the Rhode Island School of Design, and has worked as a freelancer in both fields since 2006. After working for fashion magazine Trendi, Pentagram Design and RoAndCo Studio, Lotta is now a full-time freelancer based in New York City.

In 2010, Lotta received the Art Directors Club Young Guns award and was selected by Print magazine for its annual New Visual Artists review, highlighting 20 international rising designers under the age of 30. In early 2012 she received the esteemed Junior Award at the Best of the Year advertising and design competition in Finland. Lotta has given talks at the Apple Store in New York, the Rhode Island School of Design and La Cambre University in Brussels, Belgium. She has illustrated for the likes of clients such as Hermes, New York Times, Volkswagen, United Airlines, International Herald Tribune, Monocle, Newsweek, Wired UK and Bloomberg Businessweek.

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About the print:
This piece was originally commissioned by Finnish women's magazine Olivia. The article, called City of Women, analyzed studies on what women believed to be the perfect city for them to live in. Illustration elements were chosen based on their answers.

This print is available in multiple sizes. It was digitally signed by the artist. The 8x10 and 11x14 prints are numbered by The Working Proof. Learn more here.

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What has inspired you recently?
Time off. I went full time freelance earlier this year, but decided I still wanted to have a summer vacation. I spent 2 weeks in Finland, on a little island in the middle of the Baltic Sea. Getting bored from time to time is definitely the best inspiration!

Why did you choose to pair with Doctors Without Borders with your print?
I want to donate to Doctors Without Borders, whose tremendous work in helping people I have followed for a long time: bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis is a humanitarian act that should get all the support it can.

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How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I think the impact of art can be seen on an every day basis. Beautiful art can make you emotional, clever design can make you smile, interesting architecture can make you stop. Using the emotional value of art to help people through charities that have the actual keys to really act is a great way of teaming up to change the world around us.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
American illustrator and artist Maira Kalman, I love her colors and witty sense of humor.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Oslo-based illustrator / artist Mari Kanstad Johnsen is a favorite of mine, who has mad color skills!

Tim Walker's out-of-this-world photographs have always been a huge inspiration. I love the surrealist landscapes and proportions he creates. The amount of work that seems to go in the propping of his shoots is also something I find truly impressive.

A more recent photographer crush would be Jody Rogac, whose work has a really beautiful painterly quality.

I also admire Olle Eksell. He was both an illustrator and a graphic designer, and the seemingly effortless way in which he combined both fields in his work has made him one of my biggest inspirations in terms of career description.

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