Kajsa Wikman-Colérus is the artist, designer and craftswoman behind Syko. She lives with her family in Ekenäs (Tammisaari) on the South coast of Finland. Syko was founded in 2008.
I love quilts and quilting and my quilts are usually charactarized by my signature whimsical appliqué. For Christmas I make my tomte/tonttu dolls from vintage Christmas fabrics and fairy-angel dolls from old, embroidered tablecloths. I use new and old fabrics side by side.
All illustrations are based on my original drawings. I use a mixed-media technique to make the originals, I stitch the images with fabric and thread (appliqué) onto paper.
Sustainable development and invicibilty are important values in Sykoland. Therefore I am happy to tell you that the Syko postcards are printed on recycled paper in Helsinki by my friends at Whyprint.
Scandinavian Stitches, 21 Playful Projects with Seasonal Flair was first published in English 2010 by Stashbooks. It also available in Finnish and German.
Jouluiloa kierrätysmateriaaleista (Gummerus 2013) with co-author Karin Lindroos. This book is only available in Finnish.
My sewing patterns have also been published in many collaborative books.
My passion for quilting started when I joined my mum to a quilting class in my late teens. I have my mother to thank for my love for textiles, she has always been sewing, knitting and creating! However it took an MA in Ethnology, a few years working at the University and two children before I realised that my future had to involve fabric and thread. My business slowly grew from a hobby to become my full-time occupation in February 2008. Syko has come to represent playful art textiles characterized by my childlike drawn doodles translated into fabric and thread. I find great inspiration in my three children and their drawings and I love illustrated books for kids! Beautiful fabrics, buttons, and colours also tickle my fantasy! Reusing fabrics, buttons and giving them a new good life in unique textiles is an important part of the Syko philosophy.