RIP, Tooticky

Posted by Anneli Rufus at 5:35 pm, Saturday, March 21, 2009


tooticky-fg01-101The 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.”

5 Responses to “RIP, Tooticky”

  1. Implantit Says:

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    heitää on kivakivakivaa<3

  2. Dave Says:

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    She was quite the contributor. Her impact will live on as she rests in peace, I’m sure.

  3. Inflatable Kayak Reviews Says:

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    It’s both sad and happy , sad because a great creator of literary has now moved on without us, happy because this person was able to share and create something for the world to cherish.

  4. Sam Says:

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    She’ll be missed… Rest in Peace

  5. Peg Says:

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    I believe I met Yova when on a trip to Sweden in the early 80′s as I recall she was quite funny.

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