Aini Mäensivu is the founder of Script Creative, a calligraphy and design studio based in Helsinki. Aini is the third creative featured in our upcoming miniseries
`They Call It Creativity´
We wanted to get to know her a bit better and asked her some tricky questions.
MP. Who are you, what do you do and what turns you on?
Aini. My name is Aini, I’m a Helsinki-based calligrapher and designer. My studio Script Creative makes beautiful visuals and decor for events, weddings and private clients. As much as a lover of pretty things and design, I am a curious world-traveller and I engage in international development work on a voluntary basis. I’ve lived in the UK for seven years and consider London my second home town together with Helsinki where I’m based at the moment.
MP. Why do you do what you do?
Aini. I’ve always had three big goals or dreams;
1) to live abroad,
2) to explore the world by backpacking
3) to run my own business.
After fully and successfully accomplishing the first two in my twenties, I am currently working on the third. The reasons are multiple. But I guess my biggest why is this; if I don’t work on my own dreams I will end up working on someone else’s.
MP. If you knew you were going to die in 2 months, how would you spend your remaining days?
Aini. I don’t think I would do anything wildly different from what I am doing now. For a long time I thought I would go on a crazy, extravagant trip to somewhere exotic, but really I would probably do the exact opposite. I would stay at home, spend time with my loved ones, create something meaningful. I would stop, breathe and appreciate the good.
MP. What is the toughest problem you have faced and how did you solve that problem?
Aini. The single toughest thing I’ve done was the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek in 2016. At 5,000m above sea level, 10 days of intense trekking behind me, I was tired, achy, had mountain sickness and was ready to give up. I sat down on a small rock and started crying, not willing to move another inch. So this American man walked past me, saw me in my state, gave me a big smile and said “it’s meant to be hard. If it wasn’t, it wouldn’t feel like an achievement”. He walked on, but his words gave me a huge boost of encouragement. They also made me look up and see where I was - in the Himalayas, surrounded by the world’s highest mountains and the peaks were glistening in the sunshine. The landscape was absolutely breathtaking. So I picked myself up and kept going. Concentrating on the epic views around me helped me through the worst part and by sunset, I had reached the highest peak of the trek, the Kala Patthar which is at 5545 meters. I remember thinking “if I can do this, I can do anything.”
What I learnt is that it’s all in your head. Your physical body is a lot stronger than you think, and you can achieve more than you think. And also, if you just look up and appreciate where you are, it can take a lot of the pain away.
MP. How do you deal with stress?
Aini. Yoga, meditation and long chats with my sister or boyfriend help a lot. The little things. Breathing.
MP. With one sentence, what is creativity?
Aini. It is the ability, willingness, courage and curiosity to create something new, usually by bravely doing things your own way.
MP. Who has influenced you the most
Aini. My sister.
MP. Describe a day from hell.
Aini. Aside from losing someone important to me, probably working on the production line at a slaughterhouse or as some sort of a manager in a sweatshop that uses child labour. In general, having to do something evil to other living beings would be an absolute nightmare.
MP. Where do ideas come from?
Aini. Wish I knew this. Sometimes they come from within, sometimes they come from cues in the outside world. It’s a mystery. A good time for ideas is the time in the mornings when I’m somewhere between sleep and awake.
MP. Tell me a myth about creative people and tell me why it is a myth?
Aini. That creative people are airy fairy, not organised and don’t know how to coordinate, budget or plan. I believe that everyone is a unique combination of a more creative and a more analytical side - rather than one or the other.
MP. Would you rather:
A) Be in a small cabin with two friends on a remote island listening to the blistering
storm and falling trees outside, and not knowing if you were safe there.
B) Be on a huge stage with a group of strangers, in front of thousands of people, covered in glitter, feathers and the biggest wig you can imagine.
C) Alone in a infinitely big forest that has no sound, except the sounds you make.
Aini. A. Be in a small cabin with two friends on a remote island listening to the blistering.
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