Author and illustrator Saku Heinänen has started his Artist in Residence period in Tokyo!

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Author and illustrator Saku Heinänen has started his Artist in Residence period in Tokyo!

Saku Heinänen has started his Artist in Residence period in Youkobo Art Space! Heinänen is a Finnish author, illustrator and designer, who has written and illustrated two praised children’s novels, Zaida and the Snow Angel (Finlandia Junior nominee 2014) and Zaida and the Thunderbolts (Topelius prize nominee 2016). Heinänen is also known for his work as a font designer and as a professor of graphic design at Aalto University.

During his residency in Youkobo Heinänen will focus on writing his first book for adults. Heinänen is looking forward to exploring the visual culture of Japan, and he believes that it will inspire his illustration work in the future.

Follow Saku’s thoughts about his residency and his first trip to Japan on our Instagram and Facebook under @finstitutejapan!

Illustrations by Saku Heinänen

Illustrations by Saku Heinänen