Who am I?

My name is Minnamari Helmisaari, and I am a Finnish/Swedish artist, writer and wonderer. I have a MSc in Informatics and a BA in Media Arts, Aesthetics and Narration, and I have also worked in higher education as a lecturer and program director. In my creative practice, I have worked with many different techiques, both as an artist and a teacher. I still love to work with visuals through painting, illustration, 3D-graphics, collages and interactive prototypes, but have recently felt a shift towards focusing more on storytelling and writing.

Storytelling, in varied forms, is what I am currently most drawn to, and that is why I decided to start this Substack. Stories are a powerful means of communication. Stories make their way into our hearts and can both connect and divide people, depending on the way they are told. And the personal narratives we tell ourselves construct the foundation for our lives. Which in turn affects others, through the way we choose to live out our stories. I hope that the sharing of my stories can inspire you to reflect your own life and the stories you tell yourself (or others) in a similar manner. After all, though the details of our stories may vary, there are shared strands as well.

So, this substack was started have a platform where I can add my own voice to the great flow of stories that fills the world. Feel free to comment on my posts in order to share your own perspectives with me and other readers.

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