Yesterday I wrote about Marimekko & Kristina Isola- plagiarism scandal twice, HERE and HERE. I then found about something else and promised to write about that but before I had time, Iltasanomat had something even better to tell this morning.
Some of you may be thinking that it’s only one print. That can’t be worth much. Well, guess how much Kristina Isola made money last year? 556 780 euros. Pretty good for a print designer I’d say.
Half a million euros?!? Seriously? She must be very productive ;D
In another interview made couple of years back, she said that she has groomed her daughter to take her place as a designer and she has been assisting her with CAD-design, since she doesn’t understand computers too well herself. Guess when this collaboration between mother and daughter began? The same year she copied Prymachenko. So is that how it happened? Mom found the picture from out of print art book from 1960’s and gave it to her daughter to “make it into a print”?
I know, I know. Evidence is circumstantial. But it doesn’t look good. Marimekko is still maintaining that Kristina Isola’s Gingko is different print, saying “the layout is completely different”. Yes, it’s different but not completely AND like I said, the magic is in the leaf veins and shapes which are the same. I’d believe that the similarity between the prints was a coincidence if Helsinki wasn’t such a small town where everyone in the design industry knows everyone else. Further evidence is that no one’s graphic style changes that much like it changes with Kristina Isola:
From humoristic naivism to simple and graphic naturalism. Now of course we know that the first one is a theft for sure. Marimekko, however, is still considering what to do with Kristina Isola which I find unbelievable! If you work at a grocery store and steal one chocolate bar or are even suspected of stealing one, you’d get fired in that instant. For stealing something worth 60 cents. If they are worried what happens to Kristina in the future, I think she will do just fine with the royalties she gets from her mother’s design work for Marimekko. Half a million a year, remember? And Kristina, leave the designing for people who are actually talented and knows how to do it themselves.
Thrifty Finn- worrying that Kristina will get a book deal out of this.
P.S. This isn’t just about the one print. Finnish justice system doesn’t enjoy much trust from the “common” people, corruption is rampant (things that are illegal in most countries, are legal here and that’s why it seems Finland is one of the least corrupted countries in the world. But that’s for another discussion) and since this involves one of the Finnish 1%, the case gets an another dimension. It’s a test case not only for the design industry but justice system.
P.P.S. Iltasanomat comment section is filled with rather angry people. Finland’s economy never really recovered from the recession in 90s and Marimekko was seen as some kind of hope that yes, we can have successful industry and yes, we matter. That trust is now gone. In today’s Metro-newspaper was written that Marimekko hopes that the scandal stays within Finland’s borders and won’t be reported globally. As of today, Marimekko’s stock decreased 2,2% in value.
- 557 780 Good Reasons (thriftyfinn.wordpress.com)
- Marimekko, Copyrighted vol.2 (thriftyfinn.wordpress.com)
- Marimekko, Copyrighted (thriftyfinn.wordpress.com)
- Airline red-faced over plane plagiarism (news.com.au)
- Finnair removes painting on plane over plagiarism (seattletimes.com)
- Finnair removes painting on plane over plagiarism (jsonline.com)