Finnish artist Tove Jansson is, so far, my best discovery of 2015. I had an approximate knowledge of the Moomins existence, that hippo-looking character was registered in a corner of my mind, but I've never been given those books to read as a kid, nor have I ever seen the cartoon version, and I had somehow missed the whole thing as an adult too. Then last week, I saw the Finnish Institute was showing two documentaries about one Tove Jansson, and the sinopsis seemed pretty cool, so I went. Revelation! What a talented, modern, inspiring woman she was! An hour in, I was in awe and was questionning my life style and goals. I came home to google her intensively and to find that the Moomins (although they're not her sole work) are, in fact, incredibly beautiful. Who knew? Well millions of people, obviously, but certainly not I. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on some of the early books!
Portrait by [credit unknown], illustrations by Tove Jansson, flower crown photo by [credit unknown], telescope photo by Göran Algård, in her studio by [credit unknown].