Thursday, 19 May 2016


Last week I attended a talk by Petra Börner, illustrator and artist, at the Swedish Church in London. (Harcourt Street, Marelybone). Her graphic art have been found on book covers, rugs, shoes etc. Her idiom makes me think of Marimekko, Matisse, Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, and Tiogruppen. Of course, she is Swedish and the style is part of her inheritance. She grew up in Sweden but left to study at St Martins in London and the rest is history. She studied fashion and went on starting her own brand together with a friend and collegue. After a couple of years she took the big step and started to work fully as a illustrator and artist. Her work is cut out of paper! She likes the way that sort of "sculptors" the work. The starting point is drawings and when she is satisfied the intensive work with paper, scalpell and scissors start. "I love paper" she says. She has also started to work in ceramics, we are looking forward to see more of that kind of work. Among her clients are Penguine Books, Bonniers, Cacharel, Lous Vuitton etc.   

Her trademark is an old stamp that used to belong to her father who happens to have the same initials.

This lovely rug makes me think of traditional Kurbits, folklore artwork from Dalarna and further north of Sweden. This is part of Petra Börners exhibition that is showing now until 24 June at the cafe at The Swedish Church, 6 Harcourt Street, London.

More originals from the exhibition at the Swedish Church Cafe.

Half of this illustration/piece of art was used as the cover of the latest magazine by The Swedish Church - Kyrkobladet. More about Petra @

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