win a copy of the collage ideas book

I'm so, so honoured to have my Letters to You matchbox art featured in the beautiful Collage Ideas Book by Alannah Moore (ILEX, 2018). This is the first time I'm featured in a book as a collage artist instead of a bookbinder (or poet, for that matter), and it feels wonderful! 

If I got my math right, there's work by 82 amazingly talented artists featured in this little book, and all are paired with words designed to awaken your own creativity. What I love about this book is that it isn't about recreating collages in the style of the artists featured - it's about widening your perspective and finding new and inspiring ways to create collage art! The Collage Ideas Book is so well written and thought out, it has something for even the more experienced collage artists, without being too complex for a beginner to grasp. It really is a joy, this book. And now you have a chance to win a copy! Yay!


If you'd like to receive a copy of The Collage Ideas Book, leave a comment here, and/or on my Instagram, naming in your comment a collage artist worth getting to know. I'd love to learn about artists I'm not familiar with, but there's nothing wrong with recommending a big name collage artist either! I'd love for this book to go to a good home where it inspires someone who is actually interested in collage art, so, this isn't a tag a friend giveaway (unless your friend's an amazing collage artist! in which case, let me know you're not just tagging someone who might be into entering the giveaway!), nor do you get in by simply leaving a comment saying you're in. You can leave one comment here and another one where you recommend another artist on Instagram to have your name in the raffle twice. You definitely get extra love for sharing the giveaway with your friends, but that's just extra love from me, not extra entries, sorry! I'll randomly pick a winner on Thursday 28th June (around noon GMT+2) and let you know who gets the free copy of The Collage Ideas Book!

In brief:

  • Leave a comment recommending a collage artist worth getting to know.
  • Naming one artist here and another on Instagram gets your name in the raffle twice.
  • I will randomly pick a winner around noon on Thursday 28th June.
  • The giveaway is open to everyone, wherever you live. Please make sure I have a way to contact you for your mailing address in case you win!
  • The book I'm giving away was sent to me by ILEX. This giveaway is not connected to or supported by Instagram.
 Letters to You, 2015 - part of an ongoing series of matchbox art

Letters to You, 2015 - part of an ongoing series of matchbox art

In 2018 my mixed media projects have mainly taken the shape of artists' books (which is something I'm very pleased about), so, not many new pieces have found their way to the Paperiaarre shop. But, as I was going through my inventory, I just found these two vintage watch case necklaces that hadn't made it to the shop for one reason or another - so yes, there's some, sort of new, mixed media jewelry in the shop at last!


More mixed media work coming in just a few days when I can finally share the artists' book I created for the June #areyoubookenough challenge! In the mean time, keep me (and everyone else!) inspired by recommending those collage artists as you enter in the giveaway!

Origami stars + holiday shipping dates

There are some pretty starry days in my studio this time of the year! A big batch of new origami ornaments is ready for shipping. Get yours here!


It's almost December, and Finland is still where Finland is, so it's high time I remind you of the last recommended dates to place your order in time to have it delivered by Christmas.

Finland - Dec 19th
Europe - Dec 14th
USA & Canada - Dec 9th
rest of the world - Dec 4th

Give a dear human being a high quality notebook or some original art, or simply treat yourself to a special gift you know you deserve!

And since it's December tomorrow, do come back and see the first box of the traditional non-Christmassy Paperiaarre advent calendar! Share the love & tell your friends who might enjoy a daily dose of mixed media art!


Hello again!

The Paperiaarre shop has finally reopened! During my time off from bookbinding this summer I worked on writing my second poetry book as well as some other poetry projects, and moved my home and my studio to a lovely new place in Helsinki. More about my new workspace once it's properly set up and running!


This week things are about to swing into action even though the studio is still a bit quiet - I'm putting together a massive blog post for Thursday about the great bookbinding questions people have asked me during my Instagram Office Hours. And in case the new blog post doesn't cover what you've got on your mind, I've got your back: the first autumn season Office Hours session is on Friday!

new home

Hello sweethearts!

I've been gone for longer than I had planned, and I'm still not really back for good. I'm relocating both myself and my website. For the time being, please forgive the gazillion broken links and my sporadic communication. I hope to get both fixed very soon!


I rarely write posts about things I didn't make. But when I do, it's about things that are just too meaningful not to write about. #ALONETOGETHER by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner is definitely one of those things.

#ALONETOGETHER by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. 2017
#ALONETOGETHER by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. 2017

Starting April 12th, 2017, Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner spend a month in three separate remote cabins somewhere in Finnish Lapland. Their only connection to the outside world is through a video connection to a cabin inside the Kiasma museum of contemporary art in Helsinki. In the cabin there are three screens with live video feed from each artist, and while the artists can see and hear what happens in the cabin in Kiasma, they can only communicate through text without seeing what the other artists are typing. Even if you're not able to visit the museum, you can follow along as there's a live video of the outside of the cabin and of the written communication by the artists on Kiasma's website (the museum is closed today, so check again tomorrow). And there's also a sweet Twitter community pitching in.

Sounds like a crazy chatroom, right? Yeah, it's a bit of a crazy chatroom, too, at times. But #ALONETOGETHER is also weaving a web of genuine and meaningful connections. There's a squad of regulars visiting the Kiasma cabin daily, there have been at least a couple of first dates in the cabin, there's been lots of contact info exchanged - there have been brief hellos, intense arguments, long talks about politics, deeply personal conversations, general silliness, choosing the perfect boxer entrance songs (I chose mine without thinking too much - it's Phenomena by Yeah Yeah Yeahs), reading aloud poetry (mine, too), relaxing group hypnosis, and lots of four-minute life stories and eye-to-eye staring.

#ALONETOGETHER by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. 2017
#ALONETOGETHER by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. 2017

So, yeah, I spent a quite a lot of time (10+ hours of my life extremely well spent) in that tiny hot cabin rebreathing the breath of others during my brief visits to Helsinki these past few weeks. I'm generally not one to easily connect with people and I always worry about misreading situations. The line between brief small talk and revealing yourself in all your damaged glory is a tough one to navigate. #ALONETOGETHER is about connecting. There's no ambiguity about whether or not it's appropriate to be present and vulnerable if you so choose.

The atmosphere and the dynamics inside the cabin change as the visitors inside come and go. Not once was there even a hint of hate speech when I was there, and the cabin was nothing but welcoming to me. Most of the squad of regulars is formed by teenage girls - some probably there because of Shia LaBeouf's acting career, others for other reasons. But their reasons to be there are irrelevant. Their presence and what they bring to the room is relevant. I haven't spent this much time with teenage girls since I was one, and it was a pretty cool experience at the age of 33. The girls were both adorable and super smart, and I have no doubt they will turn into amazing grown-ups. I have a feeling during the days they spend in the cabin they overhear so many life stories and learn about important life lessons this might be a huge deal for them. Their minds like sponges. And mine too. I know this experience was something pretty significant one to me now (and it was heaps of fun, too). I can only imagine how earth-shattering it would've been to me to be welcomed as a part of something like this at the age of 15.

Shia, Nastja, and Luke are three very different personas. It made the #ALONETOGETHER experience all the more interesting. At one point Luke named the cabin the Finding Yourself Cabin. To me that feels pretty accurate: lots of finding oneself seemed to be taking place there. Many people came in to reflect on major (and minor) life events - past, present, or future - and often ended up gaining a new perspective or two by the end of their cabin visit. Having three artists with three distinct approaches and a changing crew of museum visitors in the Kiasma cabin means someone is bound to bring up an aspect you hadn't considered before. Don't get me wrong, the cabin isn't a therapy cabin - it's whatever you make it. But you'll get the most out of it if you let yourself be open to having whatever conversation that may arise.

I admire how the artist trio manages to continuously challenge new people to be present, to take part, to maybe share something quite personal, to see themselves and the world in a slightly new light. There's a certain magic in feeling connected. And this piece wouldn't be as powerful as it is if it weren't for the visitors willing to take that leap and say hello to the camera.

#ALONETOGETHER by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. 2017
#ALONETOGETHER by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. 2017

Until Friday the 12th of May you too can visit the cabin in Kiasma or follow the live web stream. I highly recommend both. It can even change your life, at least a bit. If you do go to the cabin, please say a huge hello from Kaija and play the song Just Dancing by Sylvan Esso on your phone. I'm sure Shia at least will appreciate it.

The images in this post are from screenshots of the live stream. See how skillfully I've blurred people's faces? I didn't take a single selfie inside the cabin. I know I was there and that's enough. And the other photos I have of the things that went on in the cabin are just for me. But if you want a peek of the cabin and myself, take a look at this story. I was visiting the cabin with V and got ambushed by a journalist.