Jennifer Ramirez – Illustrator and Amigurumi artist

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Who am I?

Hi there! My name is Jennifer Ramirez Saldarriaga. I am a Colombian artist based in Helsinki, Finland.

My artistic practice with illustration includes digital bi-dimentional characters as well as stylized characters. My mediums at the moment are  gouache, watercolor, color pencils, acrylics and pastel colors. I focus on topics related to herbalism, slow living, plant care, self-care and spiritual discovery. I have worked in illustration for six years mostly creating characters for Non Governmental Organizations and currently using social media to spread my work and build a community around the values I want to transmit through my art pieces.

Recently I have been preoccupied with learning about plant medicine or natural medicine and finding connections between certain plants and humans.

 

This is also visible in my Art. It seems like we all have certain plants that we react to beneficially. Plant medicine is still generally considered pseudo-science and we have been led to believe that plant medicine is weak compared to synthetic medicine.

Throughout the ages Herbalists and people with knowledge about plats have had an important role in their communities. Not only as healers in the physical realm but as spiritual advisers as well. Today the role of the herbalist is divided by several professions. The Doctor, priest and therapist.

The more I get to know myself the less I feel that I will ever make something that is completely ready. In my Art I like to explore plants and how the man made barrier between us and Nature came into existence. I feel that no matter what medium you are using the therapeutic aspect of doing something creative independently of whether you like it or not is the work on itself and the final piece is you!

 

Professional Info

Education

  • 2016 – Master in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art, Aalto University school of arts, Helsinki, Finland.
  • 2009 – Bachelor in Communications, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia.

Exhibitions & Conferences

  • 2018 – Peak Experience Replayed, Ivana Helsinki Superwood Festival. Helsinki, Finland.
  • 2018 – International Toy Research Association “Amigurumi, adults and 21 century toy play”. Paris, France.
  • 2017 – Peak Experience, Creat Space Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.
  • 2017 – World Amigurumi Exhibition, Resobox, New York. USA.
  • 2016 – Peak Experience P-galleria, Pori. FInland.
  • 2015 – World Amigurumi Exhibition.  Resobox gallery, New York, USA.
  • 2015 – “Roots and Design” Lume Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.
  • 2014 – “Baltic Fish” 5th floor gallery Aalto School of Design, Helsinki, Finland.

Grants

  • 2017 – Helsingfors Arbis. Grant for teachers. Financing for toy design research in Japan.

Features

    • 2019 – Creative Collections
    • 2017 – Nukke Ja Lelu lehti
    • 2017 – Kotoliving magazine
    • 2016 – Kollabora “Meet the maker”
    • 2015 – Okayama TV Interview
    • 2015 – Buzzfeed life
    • 2014 – Kotivinkki
    • 2014 – Buzzfeed Article
    • 2014 – Knithacker article 
    • 2014 – Make online magazine
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