Saturday, 25 December 2010

Friday, 24 December 2010


 (handmade paper, vellum paper, paper, encyclopaedia illustration, encyclopaedia text)

suuria kunnianosoituksia
sekä vähän hiukkasia
hiutale; liuska,

kaikki kysymyksessä
olevat elementit,
mutta eri järjestyksessä


great homages
and some particles
a shard;
a flake; a chip,
in a sequence,

all elements
in question,
but in another order

My mother found an example of the early works of this matchbox artist, and some of my brother's box-y creations too. She knows to save just the right things.

Today is the day of Christmas celebrations here, therefore today is also the final day of this calendar. If you stop by tomorrow, you'll see all the matchboxes together, but after that things will quiet down here quite a bit. I will be back mid-January at the earliest. I wish you all a lovely, peaceful Christmas and days filled with the things you want them to be filled with. (I wish my days will be filled with peace and quiet and good food and time with my family and finally my V.)

Thursday, 23 December 2010


(Japanese paper, metallic paper, board, vintage dictionary text, shell)

Wednesday, 22 December 2010


(vintage encyclopaedia illustrations, paper, board, shell)

Tuesday, 21 December 2010


 (paper, tissue paper, board, shell)

It is night now that I write this. I try to make the hours last, like I always do. I'm listening to this. Last night I had a dream where I was approched by someone who, at the same time, was from my past and someone I had never met before. I don't know if this person was a man or a woman, but I know they trusted me. Maybe it was a man then, I've never been very good with the girl talk. We were at his place, I was drinking coffee, which I never drink in real life*, he had a wax tablecloth that was sticky and had newspaper text imprinted on it in reverse. He pulled out a large box from under his bed. It was full of tiny compartments, just like old typecases, and those tiny compartments were filled with tiny treasures. Feathers and rocks and stamps and nuts and bolts and everything. He said that I should have a look and see if there's something I can use in my matchboxes. I woke up before I could decide upon keeping anything. But it was a good dream nonetheless. Vague, but I dream in vague.

I just wanted to share this bit of last night before I switch off the lights and chase the ending to that dream tonight. Thank you, you. You're full of awesome. I'm so glad you're here

*I'm the freak that doesn't drink. No tea, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine, champagne, sparkling wine, sparkling water. Just cold tap water preferably. Juice or soft drinks occasionally. But water is my thing really. Though I don't drink enough of that either. I'm terrible.

Monday, 20 December 2010


(handmade paper, encyclopaedia text, mother-of-pearl buckles, thread)

valkoinen / white

I will be gone for the holidays from tomorrow until Jan 10th. I will be closing my Etsy shop tonight, so if there's something you need shipped before mid-January, please shop before it's too late. Sorry for such a late notice!

Sunday, 19 December 2010


(vintage encyclopaedia illustration, stone, paper, self-made paper, linen thread)

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Putting together a box of buttons and 1+1

Today I was taking a photo of myself for a blog feature (more on that later!) and realized how different I will soon look. Yesterday I found out I need glasses, for reading, writing and creating. Strangely, it made me feel more grown-up. Everyone else in my family has glasses, and for some reason I have always thought that adults are supposed to wear glasses. Maybe I stop being such a kid now. I realize I'm a bit simple sometimes; I thought it was perfectly normal for things to become blurry if viewed from too close. A small part of me is excited, now I don't have to look the same all the time, but I also worry about losing my ridiculously expensive glasses the moment I get them. Everything changes. Every day I need to grow up. How silly, really. 

Anyway, I just wanted to share a glimpse of my messy (but tidied) work space. If you click to enlarge, you will see some Geninne's work on the background. The lighting is poor even in front of the window, as it was snowing when I took the photo, sorry about that. I could really use some sunshine already, enough with the snow and clouds...


(a half of a brass curtain clip, metal findings, vintage encyclopaedia illustration, Japanese paper)

V said the piece of a curtain clip looked just like a dress. I found the right girl for it, a Spartan one, from around 460 BC.

Friday, 17 December 2010


(vintage encyclopaedia illustration, mulberry paper, board, shells)

This one reminds me of the King's Library in the British Museum. It is possibly my favourite place in the world. I love how you can stop everything there; you can just sit down, watch and listen. I remember the lighting, the gilded railings high up over my head, the floor creaking, the Asian tourists staring curiously at me just as if they had simply forgotten that perhaps that girl on that bench is not a part of the exhibition.

Thursday, 16 December 2010


 (hand dyed fabric, japanese paper, paper, shell, vintage dictionary text)

dédale [dedal] a labyrinth, a maze

If you're interested in knowing more about my creativity and how I create these little things and the whole story behind these matchboxes, please visit Patti over at Missouri Bend Studio.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010


(handmade paper, paper, tissue paper, board, vintage encyclopaedia illustration and text)

free view in all directions.
a combination of short
distances; a word of action
approximately the same pitch black,

Tuesday, 14 December 2010


 (vintage school book illustration, paper, vellum, linen thread)