mentors please

We’ve just spent a pleasant Sunday at the apartment of our daughter, Erika, and her boyfriend. Her father tried to help her with some computer problems, while Erika and I chatted about possible layouts for the artist’s website that she is designing for me. I’ve been eagerly looking forward to this, as I feel that I need a more professional site as a supplement to this blog. I trust Erika’s eye for design and her skill with web design work, the latter of which eludes me.

Then we talked about the grad project she is working on in this, her final semester, of the Communication Design degree program at Emily Carr Institute, here in Vancouver. I’m rather tickled and proud that she has chosen to explore the Finnish half of her ancestry! I’ve passed on to her many books and links to websites and now I’m sharing some information about her project with you, my dear readers, because she is asking for a little help.

Erika is calling her design project Coffee and Pulla, and is asking for mentors (family not allowed):

I’m designing a book about Finland, explored through family stories and comparisons to Canada. As a requirement, I need a mentor. Very little contact is expected by my instructor — 2 or 3 times over the semester, which ends in mid-April — so it may only require an hour or two of your time over the course of a couple months.
I’m looking for any combination of:
a) a Finn who immigrated to Canada (or at least lived here for some length of time) OR
b) a Canadian who immigrated to Finland (or at least lived there for some length of time)
c) a (graphic) designer, particularly if one of the above
d) a writer
e) a photographer

Read more about it on her blog, and if you are interested in helping her out, please contact her directly. Thank you!

February 4, 2007 in Being an Artist, Other artists by Marja-Leena