yellow and gray albums

This is a colour combination I keep coming back to time and time again. And so is the long stitch structure, as it not only looks really nice but it allows me to easily adjust the spacing between the pages. Meaning, it's a great way to create an album that beautifully accommodates a stack of photos, or a great number of collaged pages in an art journal, without beginning to bulge at the fore-edge.

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You can find both albums in my shop. And anyway, I usher you to take a look what else is there - since from the perspective of most of you guys I live in a rather remote corner of the world, it's a good moment to start thinking about holiday shopping should you want something extra special paper treasures delivered to you in time from Finland.

My holiday highlight this year will once again be putting together a matchbox art calendar for you... Busy days ahead! Just did a couple of poetry performances that stole my attention away from papery goodness for a while, so I'm glad to take a deep dive in the boxes filled to the brim with most wonderful scraps put aside for this purpose. I'll be working fairly secretly on the matchbox project, but maybe a glimpse or two can still be seen later this month on Instagram...

artists' book exhibition II in galleria katariina

There's currently a beautiful, beautiful artists' book exhibition in Galleria Katariina, Helsinki. It's the second in kind, the first one being in 2013. This time round there are artists' books by 58 artists or groups from Finland and many other countries. Truly a rare treat! Well, of course we have the amazing RikArt collection here as well, but an excellent grand scale artists' book exhibition is still quite something.

the large scrolls are from the series The Scrolls of Time, 2017, by Anita Jensen

the large scrolls are from the series The Scrolls of Time, 2017, by Anita Jensen

4 elementtiä Ilma, 2017, by Niina Keltamäki (left) mixed media - 15x11,5x1,5cm Havaitsija / Observer, 2014, by Kaija Poijula (above) mixed media - 21x15x3cm I Dag och Mörket, 2014, by Kaija Poijula (right) mixed media - 21x15x1,5cm

4 elementtiä Ilma, 2017, by Niina Keltamäki (left)
mixed media - 15x11,5x1,5cm

Havaitsija / Observer, 2014, by Kaija Poijula (above)
mixed media - 21x15x3cm

I Dag och Mörket, 2014, by Kaija Poijula (right)
mixed media - 21x15x1,5cm

Citius Altius Fortius, 2017, by Anu Tuominen found book, paper collage - 45x29x2cm

Citius Altius Fortius, 2017, by Anu Tuominen
found book, paper collage - 45x29x2cm

Taiteilijasukupolvi, 2017, by Rauni Hulke glass, paper, glue, oil paint - 26x14x6cm

Taiteilijasukupolvi, 2017, by Rauni Hulke
glass, paper, glue, oil paint - 26x14x6cm

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Päivänlaskuja 2, 2017, by Eeva Kokki aquarelle paper, ricepaper, pigment transfer, acrylic, ribbon - 24x18/59cm

Päivänlaskuja 2, 2017, by Eeva Kokki
aquarelle paper, ricepaper, pigment transfer, acrylic, ribbon - 24x18/59cm

Perhoskokoelma, 2017, by Katja Taskinen etching, aquatint, papet - 10x13,5/71cm Talven kirja, 2017, by Eeva-Maija Priha 26x18x2cm

Perhoskokoelma, 2017, by Katja Taskinen
etching, aquatint, papet - 10x13,5/71cm

Talven kirja, 2017, by Eeva-Maija Priha
26x18x2cm

Upsidaisy, 2014, by Maija Albrecht drypoint print, chine collé, signed and numbered edition 5, box bound by Erja Huovila 12-14x12,5x3-75cm

Upsidaisy, 2014, by Maija Albrecht
drypoint print, chine collé, signed and numbered edition 5, box bound by Erja Huovila
12-14x12,5x3-75cm

Pastoral, 2017, by Kristoffer Albrecht leporello, pigment ink, signed and numbered edition 10 - 17x17,5-192cm

Pastoral, 2017, by Kristoffer Albrecht
leporello, pigment ink, signed and numbered edition 10 - 17x17,5-192cm

Hyppy, 2016, by Soili Kokkonen coptic binding, embroidery, fabric book - 21,5x15,5cm

Hyppy, 2016, by Soili Kokkonen
coptic binding, embroidery, fabric book - 21,5x15,5cm

Pisteitä, 2015, by Soili Kokkonen mixed media - 21x15,5cm

Pisteitä, 2015, by Soili Kokkonen
mixed media - 21x15,5cm

detail of Surutalo, 2017, by Tiina Eräpuu mixed media, graphics, watercolour - 20x39x20cm

detail of Surutalo, 2017, by Tiina Eräpuu
mixed media, graphics, watercolour - 20x39x20cm

If you happen to be in the vicinity, or have the opportunity to travel to Helsinki, I truly recommend paying this exhibition a visit! It's only open until Sunday, so - make haste etc.!

 

Artists' Book Exhibition II
25.10.-12.11.2017

Galleria Katariina
Kalevankatu 16, Helsinki

open tue-fri 11-17, sat-sun 12-16

photo albums with distressed metallic spines

I'm writing this post from a Wednesday night dance party for one. It's reasonable to say my new home is a bit chilly, so after a couple of hours of procrastinating by the laptop, some movement was needed to get this long-stitch photo album thing rolling. Festive books require a festive mood? Not sure, but the photos have finally been uploaded and the albums can be found in the shop. So let's just look at them for a while in moderate awe (I'm an eternal fan of leaf metal and linen).

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We're getting to enjoy a rare treat here in Helsinki at the moment - there's a beautiful artists' book exhibition in Galleria Katariina until the 12th of November. I've stopped by twice already, and hope to share a bit with you next week, once I've managed to go through all the photos I took today!

Harebell notebook

Translucency has been on my mind a lot lately. The possibility of layering and the simultaneous being and non-being of see-through materials fascinates me. Sometimes I'm even very much see-through myself. An Instagram comment saying "everything in your work expresses emotions" pretty much nails what I aim for, mostly out of necessity, though - I'm fairly sure I'm unable to work in any other way. And if you claim bookbinding isn't a very expressive line of work, you should really check out what amazing things bookbinders do...

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This harebell notebook is a distant cousin of the vellum notebook dating back to February. This one's much more delicate, smaller, lighter, more translucent. The covers are made with vintage school book illustrations and waxed lokta paper, and the spine is a sliver of an antique vellum document.

The pages are a mixed lot - off-white drawing paper in 100gsm and 150gsm and a few vellum paper pages with an occasional foldout thrown in the mix. I actually wish I could see what this book looks like once it's been put to good use! If you feel like you know just the right person to fill this with scribbles, it's available in my shop.

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It's book fair week here in Helsinki, so I've got places to be, people to see. I've already got a big stack of paper folded for next week's projects, though, and I think I'll share a couple of my cut-up poems from this summer here come Monday. I hear not everyone follows me on Instagram, and some are even curious to see what went on while things were so very quiet here...