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This little matchbox is a part of a larger art project.

Absolute freedom with a lot of limitations.

In spring 2008 when I started at a new job I made a matchbox a day (for 16 days) to keep my creativity in a functioning order. In spring 2009 I did something a bit similar. Not a matchbox a day, more like five a day when I felt like it. I wrote letters. In Finnish, to my creative English speaking friends. It was like telling secrets, because even if the dictionary works, my handwriting doesn't. Anyway, the letters became parts of my matchbox sketches, created with materials within arm's reach. I didn't go out and buy anything or spend time going through my massive stash of stuff looking for just the right color for this or that. This matchbox was created as a part of my new Matchbox Monday project you can follow on my blog. Read more about this box (http://paperiaarre.blogspot.com/2010/08/matchbox-monday-2.html) and the project (http://paperiaarre.blogspot.com/2010/07/matchbox-monday.html).

Now I'm writing letters to you. All one of a kind, most of them include a letter, a poem or a word (though not every one). In Finnish, or sometimes also in English. That's a part of the secret I'm telling you. (Oh well, if you know Finnish or are persistent with your online translator, I can't keep you from purchasing one, but I did make these for people who don't understand my language. Still, I can promise I haven't written anything filthy or crazy in your letter.)

This is a long story and I don't know how it ends. Let's find out.

size: 1.5"x2.1"x0.6" (3,8x5,3x1,6cm)

Frequently asked questions about paperiaarre

I don’t currently make any custom order books, and it’s not really something I expect to change any time in the near future. My Aspergers has the most effect on my time and stress management skills (and sadly I find all sorts of negotiation extremely stressfull, even if it’s with nice people about nice matters), and I’ve simply found it’s best for my health to work at my own pace. This way I can always guarantee the high quality of my work I hold so important. Nothing is designed or finished in a rush, so you can trust you’re always getting the best product possible.
Free gift wrapping!

Your order will always arrive gift wrapped in a nice, minimalistic manner, all ready for gifting, or for treating yourself to something special. I also include in my orders a mini bio, as well as a small info about the history of Coptic bindings if your order includes one.

If your order is a gift to someone, I'm happy to include a small note from you to the recipient at no extra cost! Just leave me a message about it during checkout, and I'll take care of it.

Letters to you - matchbox art


  • Materials: book page, paper, tissue paper, vellum paper, piece of duck mussel shell, linen thread, acrylic paint, permanent marker
  • Ships worldwide from Finland
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