Textile designer Kristina Isola has followed in the footsteps of her mother Maija Isola. She made her first sketches for fabrics at the age of sixteen as an assistant to her mother. Between 1978 and 1987 mother and daughter designed for Marimekko under the joint name of Maija Isola/Kristina Isola. At present, Kristina Isola designs her own fabric prints and is also responsible for the new colourways of Maija Isola's designs and the adaptation of their patterns to suit different products.
Maija Isola (1927-2001) designed her first printed textiles in 1949 for Printex Oy, Marimekko's predecessor. She worked as head designer of Marimekko's interior fabrics until 1987. She also had an illustrious career as a visual artist.
Maija Isola was a tremendously versatile and bold artist. She interpreted the events of her era from her own unique perspective and foresaw future trends. Her body of work includes over 500 prints - a brilliant selection of patterns representing different themes and techniques. She drew inspiration from traditional folk art, modern visual art, nature and her countless trips around the world.