Last fall, I was hired to illustrate a children’s book which inspires young girls to explore science through fun experiments. It was a big project – well over 60 images and ornaments. The book is called “Fairy Experiments For Thinkers and Tinkerers,” and it’s written by C.L. Hunt.
The book combines fantasy and science in a fascinating way. My client wanted black-and-white hand-drawings with a Victorian feel.
This project felt meaningful to me. Before becoming an artist and illustrator, I had a career in technology. Back then, I always knew, even as a young girl, that I was in a masculine world. The assignments and the culture often felt strange, and yes – let’s say it aloud: not beautiful at all.
But science is not just bolts and levers. It’s also a world of glitter, shimmer, and sunsets. Nature’s transformations, the structure of the universe, and the fascinating microcosmos are full of aesthetics. And still, most science books don’t show that beauty, at least not in a feminine way.
I was excited when my client wanted to combine fairy fantasies and practical science experiments. We were on the same page from the very beginning. In the end, she summarized the project:
“Paivi understood and appreciated my project, and her enthusiasm has kept me motivated to keep working on it. The images are very well suited to my book, and their style is exactly what I was looking for. Paivi kept to her schedule, communicated well when I had questions, and I was really happy creating a shared vision with Paivi. I recommend her warmly.”