Tooled Up: Duchess by Kustaa Saksi / by John Hooper

From Art & Graft

Another Hugo & Marie artist, Kustaa Saksi is well known for his stunning Jacquard Hypnopompic tapestries and the playful, fantastical worlds that appear throughout his work. 

His transformation of the supplied screwdriver mirrors the craft, detail and sensitivity to form that is present in much of Saksi’s work, to give rise to an enticing and curious character. 

As Kustaa states, “The screwdriver had obvious feminine features with long sensual neck and sexy hips. I certainly wanted to create an eminent female character around it. I wanted to attire her body with a thick, soft cape made out of wool. Together with Suvi Savola, we crafted the aristocrat dress with custom-made Jacquard weave.”

Photo: John Hooper

Finnish born illustrator Kustaa Saksi builds fantastical worlds of playful, paradoxical, and troubling yet inviting shapes, environments and psychedelic atmospheres. Combining organic qualities with uniquely detailed textures with energetic color palettes, Kustaa’s clients include Nike, Sony Playstation, Vespa, Swarovski, AT&T, Microsoft, Nissan, Levi’s, Nokia, Adidas, Lacoste, and Issey Miyake.

Kustaa’s work has been exhibited worldwide including at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Nike Showroom 1948, Artifact Gallery in New York, CentroCentro, Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid, and Dray Walk gallery in London, Nemo in Portland, Maxalot in Amsterdam, Old School in Singapore, CCP in Philippines, Art Gorillas in Bangkok, the Main Post Office Gallery, Helsinki, the City Hall in the Netherlands, Espaces Commines and Louvre des Antiquaires, and Artazart in Paris. 

Kustaa has been featured in numerous magazines and publications including Elle (Italy), Form (Sweden), Form (Germany), IDN (Hong Kong), XLR8R (USA), NEO2 (Spain), Milk (Hong Kong), RMM (Hong Kong), Dazed&Confused (UK), Style Monte Carlo (Monaco), +81 (Japan), Mono (Japan), Étapes (France), Grafik (UK), Shift (Japan), ZOO (UK), Territory (Singapore), Juice (Singapore), Inquirer (Philippines), Manila Bulletin (Philippines), Bon (Sweden), Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), Nuke (France), Nylon (USA), Playboy (Philippines), Wad (France), Flaunt (USA), Viewpoint (UK), Designer (Singapore), Iceland Review (Iceland), Computer Arts (UK).