Elin Andersson is a super talented Swedish native - Sydney based artist who draws all kinds of exciting bits and bobs. She has collaborated with funkis to bring you a selection of gorgeous cards. Each of which has been created using vegetable based inks on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. We spoke with Elin recently and asked her about her inspirations and hopes for the future.
1. Where in Sweden are you from? Do you think moving from Sweden to live in Australia has had an affect on your art?
I grew up pretty much in the middle of a forest, not too far from Stockholm, and before moving to Australia I spent a bit of time in England and France. Generally I believe that travelling helps to make you a more open-minded person, and it has enabled me to look at the world in many different ways.
Also, relocating has made me a lot more aware of political issues. I feel strongly about feminism and equal rights in general which definitely has an impact on my practice. I am sure that it has partly to do with getting older, but also the fact that the political climate in Australia is quite different from Sweden. For example, I remember being quite shocked when I realised that gay marriage wasn't legal here! That was something that I took for granted.
On the flipside, Sydney is a great city to live in because it is so multicultural and not weighed down by tradition. I feel incredibly lucky to have made friends with a lot of clever and talented people from many different backgrounds. I find these encounters to be a great source of inspiration.
2. What did you want to be when you were growing up or did you always want to be an illustrator / visual communicator?
Throughout my entire childhood I was determined to be an archeologist. I kept a pile of dinosaur books next to my bed, memorised all the different types and dreamt about uncovering bones in the desert. Pachycephalosaurus was my favourite. It goes without saying, perhaps, that my school books were filled with dinosaur drawings.
3. What's your favourite thing to draw?
4. Where do you get your artistic inspiration from?
5. What are you working on at the moment? What are your hopes for the future?
I'm about to finish a really fun job, namely a bunch of illustrations that will go on the side of garbage trucks, as well as a few ongoing personal projects.
I hope that in the future I will able to keep doing what I'm doing; develop my style and have the opportunity to collaborate with inspiring people and organisations. I'm really interested in social design, editorial illustration and animation, so those are areas which I would love to explore.
6. Where can we see more of your work?