Kaari Utrio (s.1942) has long been without a doubt, one of the most popular authors in Finland. She studied history at the University of Helsinki and has a bachelor's degree in philosophy from 1967. Her first book "Kartanonherra ja kaunis Kirstin", was published the following year. During 1995-2000 Utrio worked as a professor of arts. Her historical novels and non-fiction books accentuate the status of women and the history of everyday life.
Kai Linnilä (s.1942) is a recognized non-fiction author and reporter whose wide production contains dozens of books about cultural, traditional and local history. In addition, he has written nature and food related books that have been published.
Martta Wendelin (1893-1986) was a famous Finnish artist who studied at the University of Helsinki under the guidance of Eero Järnefelt and Aleksi Gallen-Kallela. During her prolific career she painted nearly one thousand original cards about subjects related to Finnish nationality. The traditional Finnish Christmas feeling is sensed well in Wendelin's Christmas cards about sweet angels, bright eyed children and snowy church journeys.
Rudolf Koivu (1890-1946) was the most beloved illustrator of children books in Finland of all time. He is remembered best for the beautiful illustrations of H.C.Andersen, Zacharias Topelius, Grimm and One Thousand and One Nights tales. The style of many of the illustrations is very picturesque, and he concentrated especially on illustrating children's Christmas in his Christmas cards.
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