Inge Löök (real name Ingeborg Lievonen) is a Finnish artist born in Helsinki in 1951.
She was once a professional gardener, but today she is most famous for her Granny postcards which so many postcrossers love and collect.
She says the women look nearly the same as their real-life models… but they have a lot more fun!
The grannies are always happy and having fun, and their motto is “Time is not money and spending it isn’t a sin”.
At the same time, she started illustrating books and other printed material as a freelancer for various employers.
Today, she feels that her drawing requires the gardening tasks to balance her every day life. When it rains and it’s dark outside it feels fine to stay inside, but not when the sun shines and it’s warm. Everything in life is about balance.
It’s a great joy and fortune to do what one really enjoys.
Inge Löök drew the first four images of the Merry Aunties in 2003.
These illustrations were intended as Valentine’s Day cards, but unexpectedly, the season became quite long.
“I couldn’t understand why the cards became so popular and I still have a hard time understanding why two toothless and not so attractive old aunties have become this cherished.
With my illustrations, I prefer to explore the inner world of the aunties, as opposed to their outer shell. I prefer to stay with the aunties in the small moments, which they share so well”, Inge Löök explains.