vessels for recording a life

Sometimes it takes me a year to fill a journal, sometimes a month. My month in Split, Croatia, made my handwriting tinier and tinier and still made my last journal spill over a bit. Split stole my heart, expanded my lungs, and surrounded me with new a new kind of poetry.

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I already know this is a place I will return to, time and time again. Sometimes you simply feel at home. And sometimes you feel like you’ve found paradise. When the two coincide, it’s not half bad.

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I recorded my life from 9.3.2017 to 13.6.2019 on the pages of these books, with a varying intensity. The greater the urgency, the smaller the letters & more words, I guess. I had fooled myself to think there was still one more blank book waiting for me, but no, no more blank pages were to be found in my signature size and style, so I had to direct a different kind of urgency to binding myself a new stack of journals. Last night I glued the final endpaper and today I can start putting down words I had to hold back.

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If you’d like to have something similar, there’s still some notebooks with bunny endpapers available in my shop! If you’re into bigger blank pages, there’s a couple of larger ones, too! I also have a few new books in the works, so maybe soon I can share some gold+linen beauties with you. Still finding my bearings and balancing bookbinder life with inspired poet life, so do be patient with me my dears. I’ve missed you and I’m glad to say this quick hello after a long quiet period.

Hibernator binds books at last

So I fell off the grid for a while and didn’t even share photos for a few months. An extremely common side effect of depression that comes and goes, so let’s not dwell upon it. Spring is around the corner, and the added number of daylight hours, among other things, has lifted my spirits enough to have me back in the game and binding books. The winter months were reserved for poetry related duties and exultations, but maybe now I’m ready to weave in some paper explorations as well.

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I wanted to start with some very basic bookbinding project so as not to demand too much from myself right away, just do the meditative basic work, and do it well. And with pleasure. A pleasure it was.

The first books were small landscape format notebooks and they were quickly followed by larger books twice their size. You can now find both types in the Paperiaarre shop.

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What next? Not sure at all. Maybe you have a suggestion or two?

joy + joy + some more

Sometimes life simply refuses to go as expected. This week my book Koko meren laajuus won probably the biggest literature award a poetry book can win in this country (some awards are for novels only). The Kalevi Jäntti award has been handed out annually (since 1942!) to the best young authors - this year four authors were awarded and I’m so honoured to be in some amazingly talented company. I’ve never even dared to dream of achieving things like this even though I take writing very seriously, but all of a sudden all that hard work has been noticed and awarded and it’ll take me a little while to wrap my head around it. For the time being I just focus on being happy and extremely grateful to everyone who has ever supported me (in everything I do).

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This week has been a week of wrapping things up in many ways. I finished the last books for the holiday season - most likely I’ll focus on mixed media and artists’ book project for the rest of the month. Today is the last day for North American customers to place their holiday orders, European customers have until the 13th, Finns until the 18th, so take a look at the Paperiaarre shop and see if you could give someone something made by hand with lots and lots of love. Something like a notebook with vintage bunnies, perhaps? I made another lot in new colours after the first ones were almost sold out in a day.

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Now I’m off to think new papery poetry things to do.

Love,
K

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Some last minute magic happened last night and I finished my #areyoubookenough project in time. The November theme was ‘Translation’ and this time the theme was something I wanted to take very literally since I work with text all the time as a poet. My poems are usually very long and fragmented, so I chose to work with the one new text I have that is neither, and is in a quite different style all in all. The poem is a love poem for a painted lady who shall remain unnamed - we have a significant age difference of some 100+ years, and she’s accustomed to a far more luxurious lifestyle than I, but we’ll try and make it work…

Translating this poem was a strange experience, especially since I can’t even say the Finnish version of the poem is finished - the text lives and is free to change at least until it finds its way into print. So, you only get to see the translation, as the original is still holding on to its right to turn into something entirely different. Not the way translations usually work, I know!

The book plays on a structure of joined accordions, and it’s housed in a modified vintage compact case.

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case: 6x9x0,9cm / 2.4”x3.5”x0.4”

book: 6,7x4,3cm / 2.6”x1.7”

You can view a video of this book here.

hardcover journals & important dates

Unsurprisingly, it’s absolutely hectic in here. Orders flying out the door (thank you!!!!) and new books coming out of the press. There’ll be a roundup post of the Office Hours later, but first I need to get out of this survival mode!

If you want to treat yourself or someone you really like to a Paperiaarre paper treasure this Holiday season, please order by the date listed below:

United States and Canada - Dec 7th
Europe - Dec 13th
Finland - Dec 18th
Rest of the world - Dec 2nd

These dates are based on recommendations by the Finnish postal service, but there's no way to 100% guarantee delivery in time for Christmas if something completely out of the ordinary happens during the holiday rush, so, it's always best to order as early as possible! Thanks so much for your support! It means the world to me have you guys use my books as vessels for your ideas - genious or not!

If you’re after a hardcover journal or two, I’ve got plenty of new options available for you:

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These four books have beautiful print endpapers and 4mm dotted grid pages - perfect for bullet journaling. You can find them here.

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This purple and pink duo has lovely brush stroke print endpapers and blank pages. You can find them here.

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This turquoise one has tons of pages and some extraordinarily beautiful silver print endpapers. You can find it here.

Now I’m off to perform a deadline miracle of sorts - my #areyoubookenough project is still miles and miles away from finished. It’s actually only a hair beyond being just an idea, but I’m still fairly confident I can make it happen tonight!