Astrid Wilson is an artist born and situated in the south west of Sweden. She grew up in a colorful home and she believes that is where her love of color and pattern started and grew to something bigger.
Her mother was a pattern designer and Astrid remembers her families large floral curtains, floral wallpapers and checkered sofa from her childhood. And it is between patterns and strong colors she feels at home, also when she creates.
Astrid has always been painting and illustrating as her hobby. As long as she can remember, but she had never really thought of it as something that she could make a living of. Instead of her studied Marketing strategy and has worked within Marketing and Fashion the last 7 years, until she got sick from working too much and had to leave work for 4 month.
During that time she thought a lot about what really made her happy. Which resulted in that she last year started to work with her art full time and resigned from her full-time marketing job.
2019Bodies in Bloom, Textile Fashion Center - Boras, Sweden
Bodywear, Levi's Studio - Stockholm, Swenden
Q. Tell us about yourself and how you came to be an artist...
A. My mother was a pattern designer and I remember when I was young seeing all her sketches and paintings made me so happy and curious! Her passion for patterns and colors has always followed me and I think that it is a big part of why I started to work with art. I am educated in marketing strategy and have worked within marketing the last 7 years, but 3 years ago I got sick from working to much and had to leave work for 4 months. During that time I started to paint and illustrate a lot more and I realized that paint and illustrate is what makes me truly calm and happy. So last year I decided to quit my marketing job and started a journey of being a freelance illustrator and artist.
Q. Describe your work in three words...
A. Pattern mix, Colorful, Feminine
Q. What influences do traditional cultures have on your work?
A. I normally influence a lot from vintage things and love colors from the 60s, 70s and 80s!
Q. Silence or sound while creating? If sound, what?
A. Definitely sound! I like the sound of people talking, so I normally listen to postcasts while creating.
Q. Is art making therapeutic for you?
A. Yes, for sure! I got sick 3 years ago and had to leave work for about 4 months. During that time I paint and illustrate a lot. It helped me relieve anxiety and stress I had because I wasn't able to work and it was my number one priority before I got sick.
Q. What are you most proud of?
A. Right now I am very proud of that I was brave enough to quite my employment and start my own business.
Q. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
A. Hopefully I will continue work with illustrating and painting. I would love do to more pattern design for textiles and paint big big colorful canvases.
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