Since 2005, I have been working with illustration and children’s culture in various forms. My illustrations combine playfulness, curious characters, modularity, often flat shapes and compact colours. Whether a wall mural or a commercial illustration one will find peculiar colour combination in my illustrations. Finding a fresh and unique colour way for the project is a starting point in my work.
Come to Finland Publishing Ab Oy (FI), Design Museum Helsinki (FI), Fisher-Price Ltd. (USA), Habitare (FI), Hakola Furniture Company (FI), Helsinki Design Week (FI), Kiasma - Museum of Contemporary Art (FI), MAKI minimag (NL), Paperchase (UK), Sangetsu (JP), Senshukai (JP), Thames&Hudson (UK)
Light conditions and colours influence the way we perceive our surrounding. I collect peculiar colour combinations wherever I go, and like to challenge in my work the socially pre-set colour variations. Colours are fascinating. they can uplift our mood, change even some of our habits, and they evoke memories.
Play and playfulness is a central element in my work. So often an underestimated notion, playing is essential in exploring, understanding and learning one’s self and surrounding. Through my work I invite people to play again, and remember the enthusiasm with what they observed things when they were children.
My first book was a collaborative adventure and it was published in 2011 in Finland. Since then 9 other books have followed. Some of these picture books have been published in various languages, Polish, Korean, Chinese, Spanish amongst them. I’m a visual storyteller, and find it important to leave space for the reader to ponder and think. I believe that picture books can tackle even the most difficult topics. As such, they are both for kids as well as for adults.
Children’s books by me:
• It’s Snowing, Lupo! (orig.title: Lunta sataa, Lupo!, in collaboration with Marika Maijala) WSOY, 2012
• Little Big Story About Tomorrow (orig.title: Pieni suuri tarina huomisesta) WSOY, 2013
• Topi’s Sooty day (orig.title: Topin nokinenäpäivä, in collaboration with Marika Maijala) WSOY, 2014
• One More (orig.title: Yksi vielä) Etana Editions, 2014
• Pop Soon at Home (orig.title: Pop pian kotona, in collaboration with Jenni Erkintalo) Etana Editions, 2015
• Pop doodles (orig.title: Pop puuhaa, in collaboration with Jenni Erkintalo) Etana Editions, 2015
• A House Around the Corner (orig.title: Talo kulman takana, in collaboration with Jenni Erkintalo) Etana Editions, 2016
• Little Big Story About Friendship (orig.title: Pieni suuri tarina ystävyydestä) Etana Editions, 2017
• Little Big Story About Christmas (orig.title: Pieni suuri tarina joulusta) Etana Editions, 2018
• My Friends the Trees (orig.title: Ystäväni puu, in collaboration with Jenni Erkintalo) Etana Editions, 2019