my name is Mara, a.k.a. Maria Mattila. I have heard myself being called “the all-rounder of art”. I am interested in people’s ability to work together to create wondrous things, wonders. Alongside my own creative work, I have committed my life to work and actions that encourage others to take part in community art, create folk culture and enjoy it as equally and directly as possible. The most prominent milestones in my journey of love have probably been Keltainen Talo and Kansankioski Romu & Random. Together with my Mara Balls band, I have done my best to turn my message into a rock’n’roll experience. I also often tell stories in visual form. As my latest territorial conquest, I have been organising free and open-to-public painting workshops for ITE-art, where people paint the masterpieces of our era together.