July 29, 2012

Spotlight: Karin Soderquist

Imagine twee music taking the form of fun illustrations.

Karin Soderquist is a Swedish illustrator based in Stockholm. She graduated from Camberwell College of the Arts just last year and recently made a big move from London to Stockholm. Like most of us in the midst of a move, Karin’s life at the moment is a little bit chaotic. So a big thanks to Karin for taking time out of her busy schedule to share with us! Skater Grrls (below) was the first of Karin's works that I saw (on Tumblr of course) and that's sort of when I knew I had to contact her.

                     Skater Grrls                                        Bearded Lady

Karin has a style that is easy to spot – it’s almost like if twee music were to take the form of lighthearted, bright colored illustrations. The imaginary world that Karin has created is one that I often wish I could transport myself to after a long day in my cubicle. Karin has also designed book covers, tees, greetings cards and has had her work appear in editorial publications.

I had the pleasure of conducting a short email interview with Karin where I asked her about being a woman in art, the most important things she learned at art school, and a few questions that have nothing to do with art at all.  According to Karin, the single most important thing she learned while in art school is not to take people’s opinions to heart too much, and that the laser cutter is an amazing machine.  And as far as being a woman in the art world, she explained that it’s made her think more carefully about how she is representing women in her images. We appreciated that effort, and also the fact that she mostly listens to indie pop and 60s girl groups. Us too, lady, us too.

For more of Karin’s work, visit her site here.

Written by Diana Cirullo