Sanna Annukka is a Finnish designer who graduated in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in Illustration from the University of Brighton. After graduating, she started selling limited edition silk screen prints of her own artwork at a Scandinavian design shop in Islington, London. One lucky print sale to a friend of the British band Keane led her to creating the artwork for Keane’s second album “Under The Iron Sea”.
This period saw her join forces with a London-based creative consultancy, Big Active, firstly on the design for the album and then as part of their select number of represented artists. In 2008 Sanna Annukka created for Marimekko a series of expressive designs full of meaning, telling stories from the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala. The Kanteleen kutsu fabric depicts forest animals that have, enchanted, gathered to hear the joyful tunes played on the kantele, a plucked string instrument, by Väinämöinen, the main character of the Kalevala. Väinämöinen had made his instrument from the jawbone of a giant pike. The Sampo, a wealth grinding magic mill, is featured in the impressive Taikamylly fabric. The Ihmemaa art print shows the landscape of Kaleva, the Land of Heroes, and Lake Alue, in whose depths a whitefish has swallowed fire fallen from the heavens. With her fabrics inspired by the Kalevala, Sanna Annukka wishes to give the opportunity for everyone to have a hint of Finnish folklore in their homes.