Interview with: Astrid Wilson
Are you just as in love with Astrid Wilson as we are? Are you just as curious about her world and want to know more about the stories behind her wonderful work? Keep reading, ‘cos we’ve only gone and interviewed her!
For the readers that are new to discover you as an Artist, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am 28 years old, living in the southwest of Sweden. I'm typical cancer, deeply intuitive, tenacious, very close to my family, and sensitive.
Where did your passion start and how did you turn that into a career as an Artist?
I have always loved to paint and create, but I have just seen it as more of a hobby and my way to meditate.
I never really thought about it as a career or business until about one year ago when I felt like I needed to make some changes in my life - I quit my job as a Community Manager at a big Swedish fashion company, just to figure out how to live from my art. I was so happy when people started to contact me about buying my creations, that made me take the step in quitting my job and to really go for it, and I have never regretted it.
What have you found to be your biggest challenge as an Artist?
I have a very hard time accepting that inspiration is never really there when you need it… It can be very frustrating when you work for example on a commission deadline and feel that you have zero inspiration and still have to deliver.
We absolutely love your work! We find it so cheerful and happy, we would love to know, what inspires you?
I am a very sensitive person, and I often get emotionally exhausted from absorbing both good and bad things around me. With the news these days I often find myself thinking about how cruel and unfair the world is... and that is one of the reasons why I started to paint, just to let go of any bad feelings and instead try to create things that bring me happiness, comfort, and calmness.
I get inspiration from a lot of things, but right now I feel very inspired by nature and new popping colour combinations.
In particular, we’d love to know what was the inspiration behind your prints PIM & May?
The colours and shapes are inspired by the 80s disco. But I really love it when people have their own interpretations of my work.
Talk us through your creative process?
It’s different from time to time but I often just paint and sketch, and 1 time out of 10, I will get the result I want and the other 9 times will just be a step in the way.
I often start with choosing colours I like and go from there. I rarely do an Illustration from start to finish in one go, I often start with an illustration and then leave it for a while, just to see it with new eyes, and then hopefully I know how to proceed.
Who are your favourite artists and why?
I love the work of Georgia O'Keeffe! I am in love with her flower and nature paintings, they are so beautiful and feel so alive, and I get so calm when I look at them.
What was the first piece of Art you ever purchased?
I bought two Lovisa Burfitt art prints when I got my first apartment, about 10 years ago.
When creating a wall of prints/paintings, where do you start? How do you know what to put together?
Sometimes I think people make it harder than it needs to be. And I think the best way is to not think too much... When I decorate I just go for pieces I truly like and feel for, and then the results are often pretty good. I am not very into matching or do shades in shades, I just think that the results are always good if you genuinely like the art you hang.
Besides your beautiful art, we cannot help but notice that you also have incredible fashion style, which brands are you in love with at the moment?
Fashion has been my way of expressing myself, especially before I started to paint like I do today.
During summer I love wearing big flowy dresses, Dodo bar, or & Rhode are two brands I really like right now.
I also buy a lot of vintage pieces, nothing beats finding a beautiful retro vintage dress.
We see you're also pretty inspired by travel, can you give us your top 3 cities?
Yes, or I think that maybe just because we can’t travel, I get very emotional about other places and dream about going to different places a lot. I am aware that right now we are not able to travel the same as we did before, and that was one of the reasons why I started to do these Market prints. Just to feel like I am closer to places that I physically can't visit. If that makes sense…
I am a big city girl and love Tokyo, Amsterdam, and London!
Where’s up next on your travel list?
Right now I would love to go to Norway and hike. They have such beautiful nature.
I would also love to see Mexico, Kenya, or Sri Lanka!
We are super excited to continue to sell your gorgeous work on our website and in our stores, can you give us any sneak peeks of what’s to come in the future? Anything new you are working on at the moment?
Right now I am working on a few new market prints that I hope will be released later this summer.