Book launch / Taikapuikot

There now seems to be Etana Edition books available at the Otava Kirjakauppa (Otava Book Shop) in the city centre of Helsinki, Finland. On Friday the 28 February there is going to be a book launch of my first picture book, a silent book. So if you are in town, please pop in around between 2 and 4 pm. Welcome!

Place: Otavan kirjakauppa, 
Uudenmaankatu 35, 00120 Helsinki


Very pleased to realize that my 
debut, a silent picturebook 
called Taikapuikot (The Magic Needles) 
has now been published by the amazing 
Etana Editions.

Book launch will take place
on Friday 28.2.2020


Honoured to be one of the shortlisted for the Creative Conscience awards.

Sustainability Art Prize 2019 Exhibition

Honoured to be part of the Sustainability Art Prize 2019 exhibition in April and surprised to win an award as well. Thank you Stem + Glory for choosing my illustration to win the Stem and Glory Choice Award. And thank you, Marina Velez, for organising the exhibition with such an important topic!

The Sea is Sick
Meria Palin
MA Children’s Book Illustration

There is no wealth but life. Life, including all its powers of love, of joy, and of admiration. That the country is the richest which nourishes the greatest numbers of noble and happy human beings; that man is richest, who, having perfected the functions of his own life to the utmost, has also the widest helpful influence, both personal, and by means of his possessions, over the lives of others.”
John Ruskin, Unto This Last

This illustration shows one of the outcomes of the changes which our oceans are undergoing. The ocean vomits plastic, which makes me wonder to what cost are we, using Ruskin’s words, perfecting the functions of our lives to the utmost? It is good that more people have access to materials and higher living standards, but we should also protect our natural world. Could we consider ourselves to be rich enough and then have also the widest helpful influence over the lives of others - other than human beings? Animals cannot read newspapers or warnings of plastic pollution, neither it is possible to teach them not to eat plastic. Yesterday plastic lids were found in birds, today in fishes, and tomorrow? From a selfish point of view, the worse thing with this plastic pollution is that as we eat fish and birds, the plastic gets into ourselves. Are we able to be noble and happy human beings, after consuming plastic waste?

There was a Climate schoolstrike every day in April in this exhibition!