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About Heli Miikkulainen-Gilbert : Finnish designer Heli Miikkulainen-Gilbert's work is inspired by the busy career ladies who opt for one-off yet functional daily wardrobe especially on the cool season travels. In a modern way Heli reinterprets the old yet again trendy Scandinavian Rya Rug textile by creating fitted woolen garments which are like furs in terms of their performance. The difference is in detail and animal and environment friendliness. Along the years Heli's pieces have been tested in different European winter climates that has helped her to develop the quality of her pieces into perfection. The luxury fashion brand Heli MG Eco Furs was founded by Heli in 2008 in Ireland where she lived and worked for 6 years. Apart from the Eco Furs Heli works as a Service Designer. She's part of the Finnish Muutosmuotoilu team who help rescuing businesses and the public sector organizations by using the service design tools.
STATEMENT OF ART:
Design is art of everyday life, a perfect combination of durable functionalism, beauty and food for thought.

ORGANIZATION:
Heli MG Eco Furs

EDUCATION:
2014-2015, Service Designer, post graduate specialist degree, Tamora Oy & Koulutuskeskus Salpaus, HELSINKI/FINLAND
1994-1999, Fashion designer, BA, The Kuopio Academy of Design, KUOPIO/FINLAND

EXPERIENCE:
2014-2015 Muutosmuotoilija/ Service Designer, Tamora Oy, UBIQUITOUSLY FINLAND
2014-15 Sales Consultant, Marimekko Oyj, HELSINKI/FINLAND
2013-present, Freelance fashion designer and photographer and developer of Heli MG Eco Furs, SIPOO/FINLAND
2008-2013, Entrepreneur/ custom design & sewing services, marketing & sales/ Heli MG Eco Furs, DELGANY/IRELAND
2007-2008, Sales Consultant, Chanel ready-to-wear Brown Thomas, DUBLIN/IRELAND
2002-2007, Ladies' Fashion Designer, Tazzia Oy, HELSINKI/FINLAND
2001-2002, Freelance Fashion & Beauty Writer, Savon Sanomat Daily News, KUOPIO/FINLAND
1998-2003, Children's School Bags Designer, Cassinna Oy, HELSINKI/FINLAND
1999, Sportswear Designer, Hanx-Suomi Oy, ORAVIKOSKI/FINLAND

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2014, "A' Design Award Winners Exhibition", Borletto del Como, COMO/ITALY
2013, "Showcase Selected" and "Showcase Fashion", RDS, DUBLIN/IRELAND
2012, "Habitare", HELSINKI/FINLAND
2011, "Habitare", HELSINKI/FINLAND
2010, "ITE", The Cable Factory, HELSINKI/FINLAND
2009, "Designers & Makers", F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, BANBRIDGE/NORTHERN IRELAND
2001, "Ryijy", Gallery Kenkävero, MIKKELI/FINLAND
2001, "Ryijy Kautta Aikojen", Käsityökeskus Verkaranta, TAMPERE/FINLAND
2000, "UR OG I", Akureyri Art Museum, AKUREYRI/ICELAND
2000, "Elsku Helsinki", Norra Huset, REYKJAVIK/ICELAND

EVENTS:
2014, "Winner", A' Design Award Gala Night, COMO/ITALY
2013, "Exhibitor", Showcase 2013, DUBLIN/IRELAND
2011, "Host", Traditional Rya Rug Sewing Technique Workshop Day @ Habitare, HELSINKI/FINLAND

AWARDS:
2014, Golden A' Design Award, A' Awards and Competitions, MILAN/ITALY
1996, 1st Place, Women’s knitwear Design Competition by Kalevala Koru in collaboration with the Kuopio Academy of Design, KUOPIO/FINLAND

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2015, "Reversible Hat", Olivia - Nelliinan Vaatehuone -blogi, February, HELSINKI/FINLAND
2015, "Arizona Skull 6 in 1 Coat", Voi Hyvin, January, HELSINKI/FINLAND
2014, "Convertible Coat", Trendhunter.com, September, TORONTO/CANADA
2013, "Debbie audio-earmuffs", Irish Examiner Weekend, December, DUBLIN/IRELAND
2013, "Debbie audio-earmuffs", Irish Wedding Diary, December, DUBLIN/IRELAND
2013, "The Heli MG Fashion Collection", RTE online Best of Irish, August, DUBLIN/IRELAND
2013, "Black n' Blue 2-in1-coat", Sunday Independent Life, January, DUBLIN/IRELAND
2012, "George the Stick Goat", Avotakka, October, HELSINKI/FINLAND
2011, "Multi Vitamin wall decór", Terassi, December, HELSINKI/FINLAND
2011, "Ms Butterfly bolero", Sew N' Hip, April, LONDON/UNITED KINGDOM
2010, "The Beauty is the Thing With Feathers 2-in-1-coat", HS kuukausiliite, August, HELSINKI/FINLAND
2001, "Black n' Blue 2-in-1-coat & Chain vest", Suuri Käsityölehti, January, HELSINKI/FINLAND

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
2015, "Muutosmuotoilu", Tamora Oy, Muotoiluhuone Saara Utti, HELSINKI/FINLAND

ACCOLADES:
2012, "Top 23 Designers", Ito Jakuchu Inspired design competition by designboom in collaboration with DA and Tokyo Designers Week, TOKYO/JAPAN
2010, "Top 213 Designers", Iida 2010 Green Heart design competition by designboom in collaboration with Incheon Metropolitan City/KOREA
2000, "Top 10 Designers", Denim Outfit 2000 Design Competition by Diesel in collaboration with Stockmann, HELSINKI/FINLAND
1999, "Honorary Mention", Man's business suit & shirt design competition by Aleksi 13 in collaboration with the Kuopio Academy of Design, KUOPIO/FINLAND
1998, "National Final of Finland", The Smirnoff International Fashion Awards, HELSINKI/FINLAND

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Finnish, English, Swedish

COMPUTER LITERACY:
Adobe PhotoShop/ Illustrator/ InDesign, MS Office Word/ PowerPoint/ Excel, Internet, Social Medias

COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
2015 "Design for All Day - #dfda2015", Aalto University Design Factory, HELSINKI/FINLAND
2014 "Commercial Fashion Photography and Post Processing", Lauri Laukkanen Photography, HELSINKI/FINLAND
2014 "DSLR Photography", Helsingin Aikuisopisto, HELSINKI/FINLAND
2012-2013, "Designer Dublin Plato", Plato Dublin and Dublin City Enterprise Board, DUBLIN/IRELAND
2008, "Business Seminar", Crafts Council of Ireland, KILKENNY/IRELAND
2008, "Certificate Course in Visual Merchandising and Window Dressing", Dublin Institute of Design, DUBLIN/IRELAND
2000-2001, "Vocational Qualification in Business & Administration", Kuopio Adult Education Centre, KUOPIO/FINLAND

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
2015, Ornamo, HELSINKI/FINLAND
2014, IAD, COMO/ITALY
2013, Kameraseura RY, HELSINKI/FINLAND
2008, Design and Crafts Council Of Ireland, KILKENNY/IRELAND

HOBBIES:
Photography, Forestry

CLIENTELE:
Finnish individuals in politics and the business representatives.

WEB SITE:
http://www.heli-mg.com

PORTFOLIO URL:
http://www.finnishdesigners.fi/portfolio/heli.miikkulainen_gilbert

REGISTRATION DATE:
2010-09-14 07:39:05

COUNTRY:
Finland

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Heli Miikkulainen-Gilbert


Eco Furs Convertible Coat

Golden A' Design Award Winner for Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design Category in 2013
Heli Miikkulainen-Gilbert for Heli Miikkulainen-Gilbert

Runner-Up status designs by Heli Miikkulainen-Gilbert


Eco Furs Convertible Hat

Runner-Up for Fashion and Travel Accessories Design Category in 2014
Heli Miikkulainen-Gilbert for Heli Mg Eco Furs

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