Tuhat ja yksi otusta book shortlisted for Vuoden huiput (Best Finnish Creative Design Awards)!

The illustrations from my debut book Tuhat ja yksi otusta (A Thousand and One Creatures) are shortlisted for Grafia's Vuoden huiput (Best Finnish Creative Design) awards in the image category. The gala where the final winners are announced is held in Helsinki on the 27th of April. Very exciting!


Photo © Laura Merz and Etana Editions 2016. All rights reserved

My illustrations are on show at the Finnish Museum of Natural History

Anyone in Helsinki should go and check out my show at the wonderful place that everyone in Helsinki calls 'The Animal Museum'. The show opens on the 16th of August and is on until the 16th of October. I am delighted about the opportunity to exhibit there, it is a place that I used to love when I was a child and where I used to come and draw whilst studying art in Helsinki. The exhibition is curated and funded by The Finnish Association of Illustrators. My drawing project has also been funded by the Alfred Kordelin Foundation and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

The 'Tuhat ja yksi otusta' book launch party will be held in Helsinki on the 16th Aug

If you are in Helsinki next week, come and celebrate the launch of my book and the opening of my show on Tuesday the 16th Aug.

My ink animal drawings, including illustration originals for the book, are on show at the Finnish Museum of Natural History in Helsinki from the 16th Aug until the 16th Oct. This Tuesday is a day of action for children and parents! We celebrate the opening of my show at the museum from 11.00 until 12.30 with a free drawing workshop for kids, drinks and a welcome speech. Later in the day we will celebrate the launch of the children's book Tuhat ja yksi otusta at Restaurant Palema, from 17.00 until 19.00. Aino Järvinen who wrote the book's stories based on my original idea, will be reading excerpts from the book, I'm doing live drawing, there are animal-shaped snacks and drinks. You can buy the book as well as my art prints at special prices at both events.

Come and invite your friends, too!

You can check out the event on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/events/1499630956721081/


Tuhat ja yksi otusta book is fresh from the press!

My first children's book, Tuhat ja yksi otusta (A Thousand and One Creatures), published by the wonderful Etana Editions, is out of the press! You can find it in Finnish bookshops. The book combines my illustrations with curious facts about wildlife, written by Aino Järvinen and myself. Image © Etana Editions 2016