Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The wonderful world of Sanna Annukka

Sanna Annukka is a half Finnish, half English illustrator & printmaker with a refreshing love of nature and folklore. Having spent her childhood summers in the nightless Lapland wilderness, the forests, lakes and wildlife of the region have formed and infused her work.

In 2006 Sanna's work was spotted by the British group Keane, which led to a remarkable collaboration on their second million selling album "Under the Iron Sea". Since this first commercial application, her talent has been in constant demand. She now divides her time between commissioned work and her ever-expanding range of self styled products.

Carefully wrapping a present in paper by Sanna Annuka makes whatever treasure you're passing along the gift that keeps on giving. The recipient might be more interested in the packaging than what's inside. Sanna's prints are are so great, that you could actually just frame them and put them straight up on the wall!

Annukka has created a series of expressive designs full of meaning,
telling stories from the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala. The
Kanteleen kutsu fabric depicts forest animals that have, enchanted, gathered to hear the joyful tunes played on the kantele, a plucked string instrument, by Väinämöinen, the main character of the Kalevala. Väinämöinen had made his instrument from the jawbone of a giant pike. The Sampo, a wealth grinding magic mill, is featured in the impressive Taikamylly fabric. The Ihmemaa art print, sold by the repeat, shows the landscape of Kaleva, the Land of Heroes, and Lake Alue, in whose depths a whitefish has swallowed fire fallen from the heavens.

Aside from wrapping paper, Annukka also designs wooden pieces, kitchen accessories, prints / lithographs, and commissioned pieces for numerous vendors, such as Marimekko and Marks & Spencer.
To find out more about Annukka or where to purchase her work,
please visit


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