On top 10 shortlist for the Rudolf Koivu Award

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I'm honoured that my book Tuhat ja yksi otusta (A thousand and One Creatures, Etana Editions 2016) made it to the top 10 in the prestigious Rudolf Koivu Award, given bi-annually to the best children's book illustration in Finland. The shortlisted books are on show at the Helsinki Children's Book Fair this weekend. Congratulations to the winner Sanna Mander and all shortlisted books!

http://www.grafia.fi/ajankohtaista/rudolf-koivu-palkinto-2017-sanna-manderille/

Thousand and One Creatures" book is a White Raven 2017!

"Thousand and One Creatures" (orig.title: Tuhat ja yksi otusta) book by Laura Merz and Aino Järvinen has been listed on the White Ravens 2017!

http://whiteravens.ijb.de/book/627

The "White Ravens" label is given to books that deserve worldwide attention because of their universal themes and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design.

“Tuhat ja yksi otusta – the book title says it all: This large-format picture book celebrates wildlife. However, it does not simply introduce whales, polar bears, or camels via ordinary factual texts. The authors rather employ poems, the contents of which form a felicitous and suspenseful symbiosis with the full-page watercolour illustrations. The texts frequently point out the humorous aspects of the animals’ cohabitation, such as the poem about crocodiles and Egyptian Plovers (aka as crocodile birds), the feathered “dental helpers” who clean the reptiles’ teeth. The minimalist images, accentuated with just a few boldly coloured highlights, are impressive: spontaneously brushed onto the page, of sketch-like quality, they result in truly expressive, large animal drawings. The creator of these pictures, Laura Merz, was born in Finland and now lives in Berlin, where she creates works of fine art in addition to illustrating books."

 

 Photo  Etana Editions.

Photo  Etana Editions.

Blog post about my Benin artist residency experience

I spent two months at the Finnish-African cultural centre Villa Karo in Benin on an artist in residence programme earlier this year in search of inspiration for my next children's book. Here are a couple of pictures and some of my thoughts in writing about the experience, about the stories I heard and how they have influenced my book project.

Unfortunately the blog text is only in Finnish. Google translate will surely add another layer of absurdity to the crazy West African tales I came across.

http://www.villakaro.org/beninilaistarinoita-metsastamassa/

Tuhat ja yksi otusta wins third prize in Mikkeli Illustration Triennal

I am honoured to receive the third prize in Mikkeli illustration triennial for my book Tuhat ja yksi otusta. Congratulations to the 1st prize winner Eero Lampinen and 2nd prize winner Daniel Stolle and everyone who got an honorary award!

My illustrations will be on show amongst a great selection of best Finnish illustration at Mikkeli Art Museum until the 10th of September.

Tuhat ja yksi otusta won an honorary award in Punni literature prize

Thank you Finnish Institute for Children's Literature for awarding our book!

Here are the jury's comments in Finnish:

"Kuvittaja ja tekstiilitaiteilija Laura Merzin kuvittama ja hänen yhdessä Aino Järvisen kanssa kirjoittamansa Tuhat ja yksi otusta (Etana Editions 2016) on aivan uudenlainen tietokirja lapsille. Rakkaus eläimiin sekä lapsena luettuihin eläinkirjoihin näkyy. Mustalla, juoksevalla tussilla ja erilaisilla käsiin osuneilla välineillä luodut mustavalkoiset, tyylitellyt eläinhahmot tuovat raikasta ilmettä suomalaiseen lastenkirjakuvitukseen. Ne vertautuvat myös kansainvälisesti tunnettuihin taitajiin. Leikkisä, mutta tiukasti faktoihin nojaava ja sopivan lyhyt teksti houkuttelee lasta kysymyksiin ja poimii esiin myös hupaisia, vähemmän tunnettuja yksityiskohtia eläimistä. Kirja on kuin pieni taidegalleria, joka houkuttelee lasta kokeilemaan rennolla otteella taiteilua itse. Kirja on poikkeuksellisen ansiokas ja lajia uudistava esikoisteos."

More about the prize here: http://lastenkirjainstituutti.fi/tiedotearkisto/punni-kirjallisuuspalkinto-elina-hirvoselle-ville-tietavaiselle

Photo by Etana Editions

Tuhat ja yksi otusta awarded as one of the most beautiful books of 2016

The Finnish Book Art Committee has just published its list of the most beautiful books of 2016. My first book, Tuhat ja yksi otusta (A Thousand and One Creatures), published by Etana Editions and written by Aino Järvinen, has been awarded as one of the most beautiful children's books.

I am very pleased with this news, thank you Suomen kirjataiteen komitea!

http://www.kauneimmatkirjat.fi/en/childrenyoung/

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