• beautiful trash, theresa harmanen, in all lies beauty, cirrus workshop, veronica harmanen, photography, poetry
  • beautiful trash, theresa harmanen, in all lies beauty, cirrus workshop, veronica harmanen, photography, poetry
  • beautiful trash, theresa harmanen, in all lies beauty, cirrus workshop, veronica harmanen, photography, poetry
  • beautiful trash, theresa harmanen, in all lies beauty, cirrus workshop, veronica harmanen, photography, poetry
  • beautiful trash, theresa harmanen, in all lies beauty, cirrus workshop, veronica harmanen, photography, poetry
  • beautiful trash, theresa harmanen, in all lies beauty, cirrus workshop, veronica harmanen, photography, poetry

In All Lies Beauty

Idea, photography and design by Designer Theresa Harmanen.
Poetry by Poet and Writer Veronica Harmanen.

How do we decide what is valuable?
When do we decide to throw something away?
What happens when we stop and look at ‘a piece of trash’ again?

There are abstract artefacts around us with no apparent functions or memories attached to them. Most of them are thrown away adding to the continously growing mountains of discarded things. In our society we have set rules and norms on what is considered valuable or beautiful. All that does not fit into those norms is discarded. In my work as a Designer I see vast amounts of useful material full of potential being thrown away every day. Seeing the beauty and potential stories I have collected left-over material from the work of my sculptural chair ‘Borrowed’, as well as other pieces found in the wood workshop I use.

The idea behind this project is that beauty can be found in all things if we only stop and look a second time. I have chosen to use photography as a medium to allow the stories of the wood pieces to unfold in front of me. By taking portrait photos I am participating in the act of consciousfully looking again – an act of conscious perception. Through this medium I am also giving each wood piece its own space and immortality. By adding the words of a Poet I wanted to enhance the idea that in all lies beauty.

Workshop in Iceland and Finland

‘In All Lies Beauty’ is the result of the international workshop: ‘Cultural Sustainability & Photography Workshop’ organised by Iceland Academy of Arts and University of Lapland, Rovaniemi. The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness around socially constructed and every-day practices that shape our knowledge of cultural sustainability. The workshop combined artistic work with research work. The method ‘photo related memory work’ was introduced and explored as part of the process. The workshop was held during the spring of 2012 with gatherings of the participants in both Iceland and Finland.

‘In All Lies Beauty’ was exhibited in a collaborative exhibition in Rovaniemi in June, 2012.

Date: 2012 Client: Self-driven / Workshop Skills: Discursive, Photography


Head of Design at Smartly. Designer passionate about creating engaging products and experiences. Specialised in designing for health and well-being, and the process of using design as a tool to address social and global issues.

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