View Full Version : Project Marimekko Swap -Due July 1st.

05-01-2008, 12:36 AM
Due Date: July 1st
Signup deadline:June 15th
Players: 15
Number of Cards-3 for 3

Marimekko is a leading Finnish textile and clothing design company that was established in 1951 and is still quite popular today. They have simple bold designs that I think would make a fun ATC. There are many websites if you google "Marimekko". If you have ever been in a Crate and Barrel store you have seen Marimekko designs. Here are some Links:
www.AlwaysMod.com (http://www.AlwaysMod.com)
www.finnishgifts.com/brands-marimekko.html (http://www.finnishgifts.com/brands-marimekko.html)
www.marimekko.com/eng (http://www.marimekko.com/eng)

Swap guidelines:
US Players send two stamps with an address label.
International just send address label
Do your best work. Hand drawn only on this one but you can use any medium. If you want to add words or quotes to the design that would be fine.
Don't forget user name, real name and some kind of address on back of cards. Cards should be of heavy construction not flimsy paper that will bend easily.
PM me with any questions


1. lemay
2. elena
3. patti
4. rooskie
5. schaefme
6. stellacometa
7. maxie23
8. dooda
9. malin
10. neca84
11. muncy
12. mwquilt
13. chrism
14. stillatthetop

05-01-2008, 05:52 PM
Any mod people out there?

05-01-2008, 07:54 PM
Can I join?

05-01-2008, 08:07 PM
I would like to join please

05-01-2008, 09:45 PM
Yeah New Jersey! Welcome lemay and elena!

05-01-2008, 10:14 PM
I never heard of this design before, but after checking your links, I think maybe I could do this. Please may I join?

On second thought, are we to make cards using Marimekko actual designs or make up our own in a similar vein?

05-01-2008, 10:37 PM
This sounds like a fun swap! I love this style but never new what it was called. Now I do!!! Please sign me up! Thanks

05-01-2008, 11:17 PM
Patti, you can make up your own, there are even some with creatures like panda bears and such. It doesnt neccesarily need to be abstract. Or you can copy a design and just change the color scheme. If you look at the fabric samples there are hundreds of variations. Still in??

Welcome Rooskie!

05-01-2008, 11:20 PM
yes please. that was the answer I was hoping for. Do whatever I want.

05-02-2008, 11:20 AM
Go for it Patti!!

05-02-2008, 09:17 PM
Just bumping this up!!

05-03-2008, 06:48 AM
This is really interesting -may I join?

05-03-2008, 12:15 PM
Welcome schaefme and stellacometa. Glad to have you in our Finn swap!!

05-04-2008, 12:54 AM
I am going to have a bit of a play with the style before I say def yes, looks like fun, Ill be back :)

05-04-2008, 05:02 AM
May I join in?

05-04-2008, 05:15 AM
I don't make hand drawn cards and that's why I won't take part in this swap but I have to give a comment. I really couldn't guess that someone in Texas would know Marimekko design. I see Marimekko design every day and everywhere but how you know it? :huh:

05-04-2008, 03:24 PM
Here is my first Marimekko design. I hope it follows the guide line. I made three others but I didn't read the instructions very well and they were not hand-drawn. Please let me know what you think! - Rooskie


05-04-2008, 04:00 PM
I posted mine in the gallery

05-04-2008, 06:26 PM
Sign me up please. I bought 10 yards of terry material when I visited Finland with my Swedish grandparents back in 1971. It is bright yellow with an orange yellow floral pattern. It was a bed spread, curtains and beach towels for a while and now the curtains are a bath robe that I still use. I love their patterns.


05-04-2008, 10:43 PM
Welcome maxie23 and dooda! Yes, lemay and rooskie you got it right! Thanks for uploading them, Im lazy about that! Sniisk, to answer your question I work for a store called Crate and Barrel and they carry Marimekko fabric and alot of their linens are marimekko design. They use the fabric bolts to decorate the stores. In fact I adopted a stray cat that was found behind the store and she is named Molly Marimekko Marshall!;)

05-05-2008, 05:33 AM
Since Im a big fan of Marimekko, Id love to join this swap!

05-05-2008, 10:04 PM
Welcome Malin! Im happy to have you on board!

05-06-2008, 05:31 AM
I went through my interior decorating magz last night, and found some patterns, so I have already finished my three cards (you can see them in my gallery!), so all I need is the address to where Ill send them!

05-06-2008, 10:02 AM
Here is my first one

05-06-2008, 11:08 AM
Elena that is beautiful!

05-06-2008, 11:41 AM
Wow you guys are fast! Great job elena and malin! Ive PMd you my addy!

05-06-2008, 02:41 PM
Elena - I'm quite jealous! You did an awesome job on your first card. I have three of my four done but none look like yours. WOW - Thanks for posting. Very inspiring - Rooskie

05-07-2008, 04:55 PM
Wow Lemays cards have made it here in record time!! And lovely ones at that! Thanks for the extra!

05-07-2008, 09:51 PM
Ok, im back, add me to the list please, im playing

05-07-2008, 10:44 PM
Welcome back neca! Now we have someone from down under and someone from way up yonder! (Sweden)

05-07-2008, 11:37 PM
i'd love to join, this is so my thing! lol

05-08-2008, 10:13 PM
Welcome inkadinkado!

05-11-2008, 11:10 AM
Got some cool cards from elena the other day! Thanks fro the extra!

05-11-2008, 11:11 AM
Four more spots available folks!!

05-11-2008, 10:59 PM
My cards went into the mail today AUSSIE time
cheers Carol

05-11-2008, 11:54 PM
Here are my last three - Hope you like them - Rooskie

5573 5574 5575

05-12-2008, 10:47 PM
Very nice rooskie! I'll be waiting for your cards neca!

05-15-2008, 07:35 AM
I sent my cards today, you should have them sometimes next week!

05-15-2008, 10:39 PM
Ill be waiting for them malin!

05-17-2008, 05:03 AM
Please sign me up for this :-)

05-17-2008, 11:42 AM
Got you signed up and pmed my address. Welcome marina!

05-17-2008, 11:44 AM
Room for three more! Fun fun finn!

05-19-2008, 08:36 PM
Rec great cards from neca84, rooskie and malin!! Thanks for the extras!

05-20-2008, 12:52 AM
Wow they arrived fast 6 days from tassie to Texaz :):):)

05-20-2008, 06:15 AM
Thats fast - five days from Sweden to the US!

05-20-2008, 10:06 PM
My cards are going postal tomorrow. and I'll put them in my gallery either later tonight or tomorrow.

05-20-2008, 10:10 PM
Just to let you guys know I am leaving for MD in the morning. Im taking my laptop so I hope to be in touch but in case you dont hear from thats why. I will be back 5/31, so take care!!

05-20-2008, 10:11 PM
Thanks Patti! Ill check for em when I get back!

05-27-2008, 09:54 PM
Im in PA now so Im not home dont know if there is any mail waiting for me. :) Got two more weeks for sign ups. And a little reminder this is a hand drawn/painted swap, so best work please!

05-30-2008, 10:27 AM
I am trying to get ahead because I am going on vacation for a while soon. I started my cards and they are nearly done..hoping to mail out next week .

05-31-2008, 07:08 AM
I'm done with mine.

I just need one last word from our hostess, then I'm ready to send :)

05-31-2008, 11:28 PM
Im baaack, Ill update things Sun. Ive been up since 530 so Im a little tired...

06-01-2008, 10:21 AM
My cards are done and packaged ready to go. I am planning to mail them out tomorrow. Piccy in gallery if you would like to see :-)

06-01-2008, 10:48 PM
I got Pattis cards while I was gone, Ill be waiting for yours mw!

06-02-2008, 08:19 AM
I just put my cards in the mail..airmail. So I hope they will arrive safelysoon..usually takes about 14 days or maybe less.

I just realised that I didn't put an addy on the back of the cards, but I did put my screen name and surname, and there is an address label for the returns. Sorry..your initial intructions did ask for an address on the back too :-(

06-02-2008, 09:29 PM
No problem. That will be fine!

06-05-2008, 10:19 AM
I must give this a try and do the pattern of my napkins bought in 1975 and still in use!!

06-05-2008, 09:01 PM
Great! Welcome Chrism! LMK when you are ready and Ill PM my address.

06-10-2008, 09:05 PM
Received fun cards from stellacometa, thanks for the goodies!!

06-12-2008, 07:35 AM
Can I join?

06-12-2008, 08:30 PM
Welcome muncy! LMK when you are ready to send your cards and Ill PM my address.

06-13-2008, 03:15 AM
Great, thanks

06-13-2008, 05:22 AM
I finished the first. Please send me your address, so that i can send them on monday to you.

06-13-2008, 05:29 AM
Oh...I so want to join this one. The prints are so neat, and this is something that I know I could draw. I need to get on the ball and get my other projects done first. Is there still space available if I am able to get moving and accomplish my other commitments? This most certainly would help motivate me to finish things. Thanks.

06-13-2008, 09:15 PM
Sure there are a couple of spaces left just LMK if you want to join.

06-13-2008, 09:16 PM
Got some cool cards from mw today! Thanks for the extra!!

06-14-2008, 02:42 PM
You can look in my gallery for the Marimekko - ATCs. On monday i send them to you.

I hope the post is very fast from Germany to USA

06-16-2008, 07:42 PM
I mailed my cards today. If I could figure out how to post them to this thread, I would. Any help?


06-16-2008, 08:09 PM
Dooda, when you reply to a thread, just above is an icon of a paperclip. Clik on it and a window/screen will pop up. It will ask you to browse for your picture. When you have the pic selected click on upload. you can do this for as many pics as you like. When they are all listed below the browse bar, close out of it and click on the paperclip again. Then you can choos specific pics or click on all pics to be on the thread. Does that help???

- RoOskie

06-16-2008, 08:59 PM
Thanks for the info rooskie!

06-21-2008, 05:00 PM
Well, unfortunately, when I clicked on reply I didn't get a paperclip at the top. I also don't have the ability to run spell check. I'm not sure what to do next.


06-21-2008, 09:57 PM
Hey Dooda you need to click Post reply not quick reply then you will see it! Got your cards yesterday. Thanks for the packet of goodies! I also rec. Muncies cards. Thanks both of you!

06-21-2008, 10:04 PM
Waiting on 4 people for cards, I will PM those people in a couple of days with reminders. If you have sent cards and I havent noted it let me know and Ill fix it!

06-22-2008, 07:35 AM
I don't need a reminder. Two of mine are completed. The third is well in the works. The fourth I have not decided on. Back for a google surf to enjoy some more eye candy for ideas.:) My plan is to have them ready to send on Monday.

06-22-2008, 10:54 AM
Two of mine are completed. The third is well in the works. The fourth I have not decided on.

It's not my business, but... what's wrong in making them all the same? If you find a design you like and you can do well, why bother looking for another one? They will all go to different people anyway... :)
This is what I usually do -if I'm wrong, please do tell me, I still need to learn some swap etiquette ;)

06-22-2008, 10:36 PM
Well some hosts ask that you do all different cards but I never think to ask for that and it doesn't really bother me one way or the other. When Im making the cards it seems more fun to do different ones. So either way goes for me stella.

06-24-2008, 04:11 AM
Yup. I enjoy making them all different. I don't really like doing the same or similar thing twice, really. Not without some major change to the original design.

My cards are complete. I just realized I do not have an addy and PMed a request for it. Sorry. I can mail those with regular postage from the house, though...so as soon as I can they will be in the mail.

Here is a peek at them. These were really fun!

06-24-2008, 11:22 PM
Ive pmed u with my addy. Ill be looking for them!

06-25-2008, 12:19 AM
They will be on the way....as soon as I fawn over them... Hee hee,

06-26-2008, 07:20 PM
I havent heard from one person so when the rest come in I will swap them out. We should be on schedule. :)

06-27-2008, 02:16 PM
Mine went out this morning from Tennessee. You should have them before Tuesday (I hope).

06-27-2008, 11:53 PM
No problem, Ive heard from everyone so Ill start swapping and finish when they are all here!!

06-30-2008, 08:59 PM
I rec cool cards from chrism, stillatthetop and schaefme. Thanks for the extras and chris even sacrificed her vintage marimekko napkin!! Waiting for maxies but hers are coming from canada!

07-05-2008, 03:34 PM
I havent rec maxies cards yet, I will start swapping out the international cards and hopefully maxies cards will be here mon or tues.

07-05-2008, 04:13 PM
Hey, no fair holding up the swap for maxie! Just kidding. I don't mind waiting a couple days. We did have the holiday (4th of July) smushed in there. I'm not sure how that affects things around the globe, but I imagine it could. I sure hope she is able to take part in the swap still. *crossed fingers for maxie*

07-08-2008, 09:51 PM
Rec maxies cards Mon, yeah! Will put cards in the mail on Thurs! Please let me know when they arrive please. Thanks for playing!

07-10-2008, 07:54 PM
Hi All! The cards are in the hands of the USPS. I hope you enjoy the cards, they were quite colorful! Please leave rep points when appropriate and LMK when they have arrived!

07-14-2008, 01:37 PM
I received my cards! Thanks to stillatthetop, Dooda, Rooskie and gatos53 for hosting!

07-15-2008, 04:14 PM
Received my delightful marimekko cards today. Itrade and reps done. Great art from: Maxie23, neca84; and schaefme. Thank you all for your art and special thanks to our hostess for a great swap.

07-16-2008, 06:57 AM
I got my Marimekko cards yesterday, and they were lovely! Thank you so much, Rooskie, Muncy and lemay, and thank you gatos53 for hosting!

07-16-2008, 01:44 PM
Got my returns today. Reps went to stellacometa, Chism, and Muncy. Thank you for wonderful cards. And thanks to gaots53 for hosting...of to leave iTrader for her.

07-19-2008, 03:10 AM
Thanks to a great host and to neca84, Patti, and schaefme for great atcs received.

07-19-2008, 05:17 PM
I just got home from several weeks away visiting with my elderly m-in-law who has sadly passed away now. There was a beautiful Marimmeko atc package waiting for me. I am very tired and just want to fall into bed, so please excuse me if I leave it until tomorrow to look at the cards properly, and then I will acknowledge the individual artists and do feedback etc.

Thanks a lot


07-20-2008, 10:23 PM
Sorry to hear about your mil,Marina. hopefully the cards will cheer you up a bit.

07-21-2008, 12:12 PM
I finally got settled down into something like a normal routing following the death of my m-i-law.

The Marimekko cards were waiting for me when I got home and really lifted my spirits at a time when I needed it :-)

I received wonderful cards from Lemay,malinmaskros and chrism. Also,for all three artists, this was the first example of their art I have received in a swap, so that is always very special as well. Thankyou very much all of you, I am so pleased to have a piece of your work in my collection.

A big thankyou also to Chrism for the terrific fabric sample and to Cathy for the lovely postcard ( and for being such a great swap host)

Apologies everyone for not getting around to posting here before now, but I was just exhausted when we got home on Saturday night. We will be taking a little much needed vacation after the funeral.

thanks again for your kind thoughts and beautiful artwork.

07-24-2008, 09:50 PM
Has everyone rec their cards? Hmm hope so, just let us know so everyone knows where their art ended up!