Happy weekend everyone! Today we’re featuring the talented artist Karin Söderquist! Karin is an illustrator and recent grad currently living and working in London! Her latest interest is working with colored paper collage. We can’t get enough of her friendly animal characters and must admit, we share a true love for “bubblegum colours, snowy mountain tops and endless summer days.” Another jolly holiday card genius! Check out her shop here!
What inspired your design for the holiday collection?
Making holiday cards in the middle of summer felt bizarre, but I listened to a lot of holiday music to get me in the mood (A Christmas Gift for You, Phil Spector’s Christmas album was a favourite). I wanted to create something that felt like Christmas did when you where a kid. Full of expectations and fun. I want people to look at the cards and be reminded of all the good things about Christmas, having some time off to spend with the people you care about.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve just started working on a piece for an exhibition. The theme for the show is to create something that fits into a matchbox, so it’s going to be tiny!
What influences your style the most?
My style has developed over many years, and it is still developing. Right now I work a lot with paper cut collages. I started doing that because sometimes I felt very constrained when I was drawing and I was looking for a way of working that I would feel more comfortable with. Subject wise I’m inspired by a bit of everything, music, movies, art etc. The process of creating is inspiring in itself; it’s like the more you make the more you want to make. Creativity breeds creativity!
What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
I live in London and the rest of my family lives in Sweden. Since moving here I don’t get to see them enough so my favourite tradition is going home to Sweden and spending some time with them, eating and drinking too much.
Best holiday memory?
In Sweden Christmas is celebrated on the 24th of December. When I was a kid my family lived in the countryside and on the morning of the 23rd, after we had breakfast, we’d put on warm clothes and go out into the snowy forest and cut our own Christmas tree. The 23rd of December also happens to be my birthday!
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