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!

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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.
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 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!

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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!

the minis are back

One of the very, very few books I keep making again and again, is this little long stitch notebook. I just checked Etsy and saw I've sold almost a hundred of these over the years - which, for me, is a LOT, since I generally make just one of a kind books or very limited lots. I absolutely get the appeal of these books, as the maker (these are fun to make!), but also as a creative person. The covers are heavyweight watercolor paper and the pages are drawing paper, allowing for all sorts of artistry from cover to cover. Also, these books are inexpensive and cute as a button. I've had several customers buy a bunch for their children/grandchildren to keep the kids busy for more than a minute, and to have their artistic creations in a handy format for years of admiration to come. Then there are the lovely people who turn these into art journals by embellishing the pages with their beautiful miniature-sized creations. And then there's people like me, who just enjoy the minimalism, the practical small-enough-to-travel-anywhere size, and use the books to jot down some ridiculous notes or shopping lists while sitting in a train...

You can now find a big lot of these in the shop.

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silky

Just finished the second half of my latest lot of kimono silk books, slow and steady... Coptic and long stitch bindings now available in the Paperiaarre shop.

We've been enjoying a particularly beautiful and sunny May here in the south of Finland, and it's been a challenge to stay indoors and get everything planned done, while also allowing myself some time to just relax and celebrate my accomplishments. I hope it's beautiful and balanced wherever you are!

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fingerprints - an artists' book

The May theme for the #areyoubookenough bookbinding community challenge is 'secret', and I decided I wouldn't take it too literally and pour my heart out, at least not too much. My artists' book Fingerprints was born after I went through a mental list of structures that hide and reveal in one way or another. I haven't made one of these magic boxes in almost 15 years, so it took me a moment to remember how it's constructed. I don't think I've ever known a particular name for this box structure, but it's basically a variation of Jacob's ladder.

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I haven't given fingerprints much of a thought apart from when I find dirty fingerprints on my supposedly pristine papers, and, of course, when they're mentioned as forensic evidence. This means, in general, it's not exactly good for you if you leave behind any fingerprints. Some research into the matter revealed a more pleasant side of those little loopy, whorly ridges on our fingertips - they provide us with tons of information crucial to our fine texture perception. The friction ridges are like little amplifiers for the sense of texture. As someone whose work is massively reliant on what I feel with the tips of my fingers, my view of the world is much more texture-oriented than the one of someone who maybe works with their brain alone. And it seems my texture-orientedness also affects how I get to know someone, how I trace their face with the tips of my fingers, over and over again...

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Fingerprints - a unique artists' book by Kaija Rantakari, 2018

(paper, board, glass microscope slides, ink)

the box measures 14,9x9,5x1,9cm / 5.9"x3.7"x0.7"

Check out my Instagram for a view of the box in action!