joy + joy + some more

Sometimes life simply refuses to go as expected. This week my book Koko meren laajuus won probably the biggest literature award a poetry book can win in this country (some awards are for novels only). The Kalevi Jäntti award has been handed out annually (since 1942!) to the best young authors - this year four authors were awarded and I’m so honoured to be in some amazingly talented company. I’ve never even dared to dream of achieving things like this even though I take writing very seriously, but all of a sudden all that hard work has been noticed and awarded and it’ll take me a little while to wrap my head around it. For the time being I just focus on being happy and extremely grateful to everyone who has ever supported me (in everything I do).

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This week has been a week of wrapping things up in many ways. I finished the last books for the holiday season - most likely I’ll focus on mixed media and artists’ book project for the rest of the month. Today is the last day for North American customers to place their holiday orders, European customers have until the 13th, Finns until the 18th, so take a look at the Paperiaarre shop and see if you could give someone something made by hand with lots and lots of love. Something like a notebook with vintage bunnies, perhaps? I made another lot in new colours after the first ones were almost sold out in a day.

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Now I’m off to think new papery poetry things to do.

Love,
K

untitled - artists' book

Some last minute magic happened last night and I finished my #areyoubookenough project in time. The November theme was ‘Translation’ and this time the theme was something I wanted to take very literally since I work with text all the time as a poet. My poems are usually very long and fragmented, so I chose to work with the one new text I have that is neither, and is in a quite different style all in all. The poem is a love poem for a painted lady who shall remain unnamed - we have a significant age difference of some 100+ years, and she’s accustomed to a far more luxurious lifestyle than I, but we’ll try and make it work…

Translating this poem was a strange experience, especially since I can’t even say the Finnish version of the poem is finished - the text lives and is free to change at least until it finds its way into print. So, you only get to see the translation, as the original is still holding on to its right to turn into something entirely different. Not the way translations usually work, I know!

The book plays on a structure of joined accordions, and it’s housed in a modified vintage compact case.

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case: 6x9x0,9cm / 2.4”x3.5”x0.4”

book: 6,7x4,3cm / 2.6”x1.7”

You can view a video of this book here.

lovely bunnies + office hours today

I was caught by surprise when three out of four of these bunny books were sold within 24 hours. Now there’s still one darling pink one left for one lucky customer! The adorable bunny endpapers are an edited reproduction of a vintage endpaper pattern I fell in love with. I hope to make some more of these bunny books in new colour combinations, but there’s still a few other things on my to-do list before I can get to those.

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Just a quick reminder today’s the day when you can ask me all sorts of questions about bookbinding - see my latest Instagram post and ask your questions in the comments section. Later I’ll put together a blog post with all the questions and aswers, so even people who don’t do social media can benefit and all the info is easily found in one blog post. Please see the roundup post of previously asked and answered questions - you may find your question already answered!

all day office hours on thursday!

It’s been too long since I last had an all day office hours session on Instagram! I decided to have one this Thursday (Nov 22nd), so, maybe start thinking about questions you’d like me to answer for you? I graduated as a master bookbinder in 2006, so I have a fairly wide knowledge base about most things related to bookbinding, not just about the things you see me make. I’d say my engineer brain’s specialty is troubleshooting handmade books that misbehave in one way or another, but feel free to ask about whatever. I promise I’ll try to come up with a satisfactory answer for you. For obvious reasons I won’t be able to write you full tutorials for bindings or special techniques, but I can try pointing you in the right direction on the smaller stuff.

I’ll set up an Instagram post dedicated for your questions around noon (gmt+2) and you’ll have until the following morning to leave your questions in the comment section of that post. I’ll answer them as soon as I can, and afterwards I’ll once again gather all the questions and answers into a blog post for your convenience. It’d be greatly appreciated if you took a look at the questions and aswers from earlier office hours sessions, so I won’t have to answer the same stuff over and over again. You can find the big Q&A roundup post here.

Follow me on Instagram to have the office hours post pop directly into your feed - I’ll also post reminders in my insta stories on the day of!

a small trio with print endpapers

As promised, more new books this week! I’m finishing up on some sewn boards bindings I started in the summer months and have been itching to see in the flesh ever since the idea of them came to me. The first lot is this trio of small notebooks with beautiful print endpapers. You can now find them in the shop.

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Picking matching endpapers and linen fabric is a particularly enjoyable part of the bookbinding process for me. Once I know what materials I’m using, I can already see the finished book in my mind’s eye. After that it’s just about recreating that vision with my hands, and I know what I need to do in order to make it happen. As soon as I have that vision, the book becomes an individual instead of simply a thing to tick off the to-do list.

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This month the #areyoubookenough bookbinding community challenge has the theme ‘Found’ and I’m actually struggling a bit. Found items and random collections play such a big part in my everyday life and in my own art, it’s difficult to choose where to start! I have picked some items that could form the core of my artists’ book, but just as well I could go down an entirely different path. Structures and practicalities are all still wholly undetermined, and while I do enjoy this moment where everything is in the air and there’s no rush, soon I’ll be running out of time like I always am. The end of the month will be dedicated to Helsinki Book Fair business as a poet, so I really should try and finish my project well on time this time around! Before it’s time to focus on ‘Found’, I’m going to finish some more books that have been waiting ever so patiently for my return from poetry.