The woman who was the inspiration for a beloved character in Finland’s famous Moomin books — because her partner was the Moomins’ creator Tove Jansson — has died at age 92, according to Finnish news site Uutiset:
“Tuulikki Pietilä, a major figure in Finnish graphic art, was most widely known for projects in collaboration with her long-time partner Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomintroll books. Her death was announced on Saturday following a private funeral. … Pietilä and Jansson ran a gallery together in Helsinki and spent their summers on a rocky island in the Pellinge archipelago near Porvoo, which they documented in a 1996 book. Pietilä’s films of the couple’s life and travels together formed the basis of several TV documentaries. The two became Finland’s most visible same-sex couple, attending events such as the 1992 Independence Day ball at the Presidential Palace.
“Pietilä is widely considered to have inspired the character Too-Ticky in the Moomin books.
“Many of their Moomin-themed dioramas and other collaborations are on display at the Tampere Art Museum’s Moominvalley gallery in the Tampere Library building — which was designed by the artist’s brother, celebrated architect Professor Reima Pietilä.
“Pietilä was awarded the Pro Finlandia medal in 1963 and the honorary title of professor in 1982.”