Discovering the world of Tove Jansson and her Moomintrolls has been delightful. Ever since glancing through one of her books I have found lots of inspiration from her amazing career that only a few weeks ago I knew nothing about. She is beloved in her home country of Finland where?the universe of her original creations, a family of tubby adorable trolls called Moomins, began as her response to the second world war.
While I’ve yet to dig deep into the books, I have been reeling with the beauty of her illustrations online. The site Moomin Trove has a great gallery of her book covers. Her use of color with black and white amazes me and, in fact, has inspired some sketches for a redesign of this site.
Jansson illustrated classics too like Alice in Wonderland and The Hobbit and was commissioned to do many murals and public works in Finland. Her creations also inspired a surreal children’s theme park called Moomin World that I would love to see myself.