Monday, 30 November 2009


(hand dyed paper, mulberry paper, graph paper, glassine envelopes from old razorblades, thread, pencil)

I use old fashioned razorblades in a part of my leather paring process, and those blades come in these tiny glassine paper covers (and blue paper covers too! I have those safely stored somewhere just like I had these). Over the years I've saved most of them for "art projects", not knowing what exactly one can do with those things anyway. But now I can tell you that one can write silly love poems on pieces of graph paper and then sew the little envelopes shut so that no one will ever know what really happened. (Well, I can tell you that someone had very, very open arms that were stretched long by the years of carrying heavy buckets. That's what happened. To whom, I don't know.)

Sunday, 29 November 2009


(hand dyed paper, book page, graph paper, shell, thread, ink)

This is the beginning of the first ever non-Christmas-y non-advent-y Paperiaarre advent calendar. And because I'm Finnish, there'll only be 24 matchboxes. We get to start all the fun a day early here.

I have lots of catching up to do and new things to show you, so there may be days with more than just one post. Check back often, and do comment, I always enjoy reading your words!

Today I'm going to the Turku castle with an old friend I've last seen more than five years ago. Today is going to be a good day. I think there's something hiding behind my tarp, and I believe it's something people usually call sunshine.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Anna's book

A case bound book in blueish gray linen. The endpapers are from my trip to London last December, and the pages are 100% recycled, all good, my most favoritest paper.

Approx. 15x14,5xsomethingsomething cm.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Made in the dark

I'm still living behind a tarp that bangs on my window whenever it's windy (almost all the time). It seems the renovation will go on and on until eternity. I have barely any daylight, so both creating and taking photos have been on a long, long break. Sorry! I've been making some custom orders and private art things (we'll see if anything comes out of them, maybe I'll be brave enough to take photos once the light is back), but nothing has made it to the blog so far.

I'm writing again. Poetry. Seriously writing, a lot. It makes me really happy. During the past three years I've hardly written anything, but now I'm beginning to find my voice again. It feels almost the same as it felt when I realized bookbinding could be the thing I do when I grow up. I haven't grown up yet. Life is trying to tell me to grow up, but I'm still fighting!

Today and tomorrow I will be listing plenty of new things on my Etsy shop. I'm not too happy with the photos, but that's the best I can do under these circumstances (behind the tarp! and without proper lighting). The colors are accurate and everything is just as amazing as usual, but the photos are a bit bleh. Once the tarp is gone, there will be new photos, but it's going to take a while for that to happen. Bear with me and my poor photos until then!