perjantai 12. huhtikuuta 2013

K is for Kids


Rudolf Koivu´s illustration to Joulukontti in 1936
Rudolf Koivu (1890 – 1946) was a Finnish illustrator and painter, best known for illustrating books of fairytales for children, which are enduringly and timelessly popular. He was born in St. Petersburg. He illustrated stories by Zacharias Topelius, Anni Swan and Hans Christian Andersen, among others. Koivu died in Helsinki in 1946. In his honor, the Rudolf Koivu Prize was established in 1949. It is awarded biennially to Finnish illustrators of children's books.


Martta Wendelin (1893 - 1986) illustrated fairy tales and ABC-books,  ​​postcards, school education boards, book and magazine covers. The cozy red cottages, birch trees, lakes and rural people, cute, kind children,  mothers knitting  and fathers plowing the fields reflect Finn's mindscape. His career peak was in 1930, when the printing industry expanded rapidly.  Marttta's magical world is still living in our dreams.


Minna Immonen was born 01/23/1964 in Posio which is located in the province of Lapland. She has designed several of Finland's stamps, held many exhibitions, and illustrated several books. Minna's work is especially known through her decorated cards which have been very popular. Minna's illustratings are typically like little stories of them own. Fairytale's warmth and charm can be sensed from her work. Delicate details and humoristic touch attract people and get their imagination running.

This is my entry to Beths Postcard Friendship  Friday.



I wish you all a Happy Weekend!

8 kommenttia:

  1. These are beautiful cards! I have one or two of Minna Immonen's which I love.

    Congratulations on following the April A-Z challenge!

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thank you Sheila! I found this challenge from some blog, but I don't remember who's :( and I changed it a little so my April challenge is not quite according to the rules. After the letter Z Finnish alphabet has also letters Ä, Å and Ö so I added them in the end.

      Poista
  2. Each of these illustrators has such a different style.
    I think it is a shame that there aren't more adult books with such endearing drawings :)

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. I often buy childrens books just for the beautiful and fabulous illustration.

      Poista
  3. Oh...oh...these all just fill my eyes... May I add them to my collection? these are wonderful...they remind me of something I don't know. Like a dream .

    Happy Postcard Friendship Friday. ((hugs))

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thank you Beth and surely you may ad them to your collection :)

      Poista
  4. Really beautiful postcards!

    I want to say that I think Finnish have strong affinity to the arts. I always love receiving Finnish postcards and stamps -- always nicely designed ;)

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. I like especially Rudolf Koivu's illustrations in childrens books, fairies, princesses, princes and elves.

      Poista

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