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Letters to you - matchbox art

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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 ( and the project (

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) + the nail ends


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Letters to you - matchbox art


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: matchbox, handmade papers, tissue paper, rusty nails, linen thread
  • Ships worldwide from Jyvaskyla, Finland
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