Last year, Finland celebrated the 100th anniversary of Tove Jansson’s birth. She was a great artist, novelist, painter, illustrator and comic books author. She wrote six novels and five books of short stories for grown-ups and she painted landscapes, interiors, still life and portraits, but of course she is nowadays most famous for her Moomin stories and illustrations, for which she received the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1966. She started writing the first Moomin story, The Moomins and the Great Flood, during the Second World War, as an escape from the war hardships into a world of innocence and naivete.
In celebration of her life and work many Finnish companies have launched collections based on her lovely Moomin illustrations, many of which are still featured in our shop Finland Quality Design:
Finlayson has some amazing Moomin products, from towels, to bedding and kitchen textile products.
When we were visiting one of their shops in Helsinki we noticed the beautiful printings from the pillowcases hanging on their wall. We asked if they started to make canvas prints and they said that those were actually pillow cases cut and stretched on ordinary wooden frames.
I always thought this black and white pillowcases would make a wonderful art display with Tove Jansson’s beautiful original drawings, so there you have it: pillowcases turned into canvas pictures. But of course they’d look nice on your bed, too…
Check out the Moomin bedroom textiles section in our shop Finland Quality Design.