Born in the sun-kissed land of Croatia, I soon found myself drawn to the northern reaches of Finland, but let us pause for a moment and delve into my past. From a tender age, the arts had always held a special place in my heart. Even as a young child, I knew that I was destined to become a painter. Little did I know then that the world of art held many other avenues for me to explore.
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As I grew, I discovered the field of product design, a vocation that did not even exist in my childhood. I was driven to pursue my passion and enrolled in the School of Applied Arts and Design, located in the vibrant city of Zagreb. The school building, with its towering spires and grand halls, reminded me of the magical world of Hogwarts, and it was there that I honed my skills and graduated at the top of my class.
My path through education was an untrodden one, as I made my way to the Polytechnic of Zagreb after leaving high school without prior study in mathematics or physics. The prospect of mastering these subjects in mere days was daunting, and so I made the choice to return to the realm of art.
My heart yearned for the digital art form, but alas, my options were limited. And so, I sought to explore new frontiers and enrolled in the Faculty of Textiles. Though it may not have been my first choice, I embraced the opportunity to broaden my horizons and expand my knowledge.
The prospects in my homeland of Croatia were limited, and I found myself hustling to gain the experience I desired in digital design. Despite my best efforts, opportunities remained scarce. So, I made the difficult decision to depart from my birthplace in search of greener pastures. My travels eventually led me to the bustling and thriving country of Finland. And here, I found a place where I could grow and flourish as a product designer, and an individual.
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In Finland, I have been gifted with the privilege to collaborate with a variety of clients, from fledgling startups to renowned brands, crafting designs that not only boast aesthetic appeal but also seamlessly convey the client's message and captivate their intended audience. It would not be an exaggeration to say that this new land has treated me exceptionally well! I love Finland.