The permanent, yet changing window gallery with Laura's original paintings from the books she has illustrated can now be found in Museokatu 34 A 3, Helsinki! Do stop by while in Töölö to make some new findings for yourself, your home, your friends and your family!
Picture book "Iivari-tonttu karkuteillä" (Iivari, the Runaway Elf) by Laura and Raili Mikkanen has now been released! The book is available for purchase (18,60 eur) for example Here!
Take a glimpse of the upcoming picture book "Iivari-tonttu karkuteillä" (Iivari, the Runaway Elf) from the Gallery
-section! The book will be released autumn 2013. Illustrations and graphic design, once again all by Laura.
The latest volume for the popular Ruben -series by Netta Walldén, "Ruben ja ratikkaralli" has now been reliesed! The front cover of the book can be found from the Gallery -section.
Places to catch up with Laura this spring: Cambridge - Paris - Bologna Children's Book Fair - Helsinki - Finnish Countryside.
Check out Laura's article in the most recent Helsinki Art Museum Magazine (p. 12-13, article is in Finnish): Kuka pelkää Baba Jagaa? Venäläisen kansansadun paha suomalaisessa kirjankuvitustaiteessa
The Helsinki Book Fair
is here and so are many many interesting happenings and interviews. Welcome to meet me and the authors behind some of the books I have illustrated this year!
Friday the 26th, at 13.30-14.00, Z.Topelius -stage: "Prinsessa Wilhelmiina ja kohtalon lantti" presented with the author Emilia Lehtinen and the poet performance group Siitä pitäen.
Saturday the 27th, at 13.30-14.00, Louhi -stage: "Mennään sirkukseen!" presented with the author Raili Mikkanen. Young and talented Ada Forsberg, introduced in the book, will also be there for some circus numbers!. More updates can be found there!
Remember to check out Laura's recently launched Facebook -profile
. More updates can be found there!
(Let's go to Circus, Minerva Publishing) out now!
Ruben ja Harman Kartano
(Ruben and Graynor's Manor, WSOY) and Mennään Sirkukseen
(Let's go to Circus, Minerva Publishing) are now heading to the printing houses. Books should be ready by the end of August. Ps. Check out the fresh samples from Princess Wilhelmiina and the Coin of Destiny in the Gallery -section!
Laura Valojärvi is the illustrator of the month at the Finnish Children's Book Store
, Helsinki Kamppi. Original paintings from Princess Wilhelmiina and the Coin of Destiny viewed at the exhibition.
Prinsessa Wilhelmiina ja kohtalon lantti (Princess Wilhelmiina and the Coin of Destiny) out now! More sample pictures from the book can be expected in Gallery soon.
"Prinsessa Wilhelmiina ja kohtalon lantti" -illustrations have left the building - towards the printing house. Books should be ready by 22nd of May.
Worth checking, especially pages 16, 17 and 20: Children's books 2012 Rights Guide
(Werner Söderström Ltd).
Check out Kirsti Kuronen's new novel Omenapuu laulaa
(The Singing Appletree) with Laura's cover illustrations and graphic design.
Ruben ja rouva Mallamudin tapaus (Ruben and the case of Mrs Mallamud) was voted to have the second best covers at the Helsinki Book Fair 2011 book cover competition.
Welcome to hear about bookmaking process at the Helsinki Book Fair
! On fri the 28th Laura is being interviewed with "Ruben ja rouva Mallamudin tapaus" -author Netta Walldén on Z.Topelius -stage at 14:30 pm and on sat the 29th with "Suomen lasten linnakirja" -author Raili Mikkanen on Louhi -stage at 14:00 pm.
Cover for the upcoming dragon book, "Prinsessa Wilhelmiina ja kohtalon lantti", now displayed at the Gallery -section.
Suomen lasten linnakirja (Finnish Castle Book) was voted to have the most beautiful book covers at the Turku Book Fair 2011 book cover competition! Check the voting results for both best and poorest covers from the Grafomania -blog
Ruben ja rouva Mallamudin tapaus (Ruben and the case of Mrs Mallamud), a novel by Netta Wallden is now released with Laura's cover illustrations and b&w vignettes.
Now working on the third book for the dragon trilogy written by Emilia Lehtinen. The book will be called "Prinsessa Wilhelmiina ja kohtalon lantti" (Princess Wilhelmiina and the Coin of Destiny) and published by WSOY spring 2012.
Laura's original illustrations viewed at the 9th Mikkeli Illustration Triennial
from 11th of June to 25th of September.
Laura's original illustrations viewed at the group exhibition of the Finnish children's book illustrators in Ebeneser -house
(Helsinki) from 3d to 15th of April.
"Suomen lasten linnakirja"
(Finnish Castle Book) in stores now.
"Ohjeita lohikäärmeiden kasvattajille" (Guidebook for Raising Dragons) was chosen by the children's jury to have the best illustrations at the The Rudolf Koivu children's book illustration competition!
Laura is starting her studies leading to the Doctor of Arts degree at the Aalto University, School of Art and Design
. Laura's doctoral thesis will aim at understanding how a picture book has been used and could be used as a creative and artistic tool.
"Ohjeita lohikäärmeiden kasvattajille" (Guidebook for Raising Dragons) is now also available in Swedish and Danish. Both "Anvisningar för drakuppfödare" and "Höndbog for dragedyrkere" available for purchase at www.adlibris.com
Great reviews of "Kulta, voisitko syöstä tulta?" in Helsingin Sanomat (www.hs.fi)
and Vantaan Lauri (www.vantaanlauri.fi)
. Reviews available only in Finnish.
"Kulta, voisitko syöstä tulta?" in stores now! Available for purchase at www.adlibris.com
"Hirviökäsikirja" (Monster Manual) in stores now! Next working on the old finnish castles and legends in cooperation with Raili Mikkanen and Minerva Publishing Ltd.
New samples from the upcoming children's books "Hirviökäsikirja" and "Kulta, voisitko syöstä tulta?" viewed at the Gallery -section.
74 monsters done. 24 dragons to go.
Approximately seventy different kind of monstercharacters are now arising at Laura's studio, and will be published by Karisto
in Hirviökäsikirja (Monster Manual) at fall 2010.
Sequel for Ohjeita lohikäärmeiden kasvattajille (Guidebook for Raising Dragons) is now under construction and will be published by WSOY
at fall 2010.
Graduating from the University of Art and Design Helsinki
as a Master of Arts (MA) from the department of Art Education
Ohjeita lohikäärmeiden kasvattajille (Guidebook for Raising Dragons) available for just 16,90 eur from www.adlibris.com
Vain lapsille (Just for Children) available for subscribtions via e-mail: laura.valojarvi[at]gmail.com. Price 25 eur + shipping.
Ohjeita lohikäärmeiden kasvattajille (Guidebook for Raising Dragons) originals viewed at the Annantalo Arts Centre 13.-31.5.2009.
Children's book illustration exhibition at the Elintila Gallery (Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki) 14.-24.4.2009.
www.lauravalojarvi.com now open!