One of the most popular songs at Funky Monkey Club is the Animal Song – as the music plays the kids can guess and imitate various creatures. In the Fall 2018 there will be a whole new set of exciting animals including a dinosaur and a penguin. Now it is time to introduce the creator of these illustrations, Iris Eklund, who is an aspiring artist and whose fun animal paintings bring joy to our club goers every single week.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
What made you start drawing/painting in the first place?
I have always been interested in the arts and have drawn ever since I could hold the pen in my hand. I was encouraged to do things with my hands and I am very grateful for this as I have been able to do all kinds of artsy things in my childhood and grow with that experience.
What kind of visual art interests you and why?
How would you describe yourself as an artist?
How do you feel about painting the Funky Monkey Club animals?
What is your favorite Funky Monkey Club animal and why?
My favorite from all the animals is a tiger and thus it is also my favorite Funky Monkey Club animal.
This is your first hire as an artist. How does it feel?
It has been a valuable experience to do custom work which has made me think about the functionality of the paintings. It means that I have been pushed to go beyond my comfort zone. It is fun to do something that is really needed and that brings joy to others.
What future plans and dreams do you have?
First I am going to high school after which I will see what happens next. I dream about working in the field of art in some way and maybe even have a career making art.
You can admire Iris’ fun animal pictures at Funky Monkey Club Music Classes for kids in Lauttasaari, Kulosaari, Tapiola and Lohja! And here you can watch a little introduction video to our animal book (It’s in Finnish but you’ll get the idea :).