In her early twenties Sara moved from South Sweden to settle down in Paris where she studied and worked during 10 years.  With a Master's degree in Art Direction from the renown school ESAG Penninghen, her design has crossed different disciplines such as window display design, brand identity and packaging design within luxury and prêt-à-porter. When working in Beijing, she made her first encounter with textile and print design, a passion that she’s constantly inspired to develop. 


Q. Tell us about yourself and how you became an artist...

A. To create is an infinite part of me and has always been, I been drawing since I was a kid. I grew up on the south west coast in Sweden in a family where art has always been a way to express. In my early twenties I studied 5 years at ESAG Penningen in Paris and been working as an Art Director for over 10 years within luxury and prêt à porter. A job where your creativity needs to adapt to a budget, the identity of the company, other people's choices and often short and intense delays. I love that part of my profession too but when starting painting a piece of me fell just in to the right place. It's a precious feeling of freedom, to express what's within me and it makes me so happy and I love doing my art.


Q.  Describe your work in three words...

A. Graphic, organic, balanced


Q.  When do you make your best work?

A.  When I start early in the morning, knowing I have a lot of time ahead of me. A tasty coffee with cinnamon on the top, nice music, the window open and I'm all set.


Q.  What inuences do traditional cultures have on your work?

A. They probably have a lot of influences on my work. Our cultural belief and behavior is a part of us, it's our roots.  I guess my artwork is a result of my life, culture, my creative journey and who I am today.


Q.  Silence or sound while creating? If sound, what ?

A. It depends on my mood, sometimes I prefer the silence but I get a lot of energy listening to music. I like songs that give good vibes...everything from Aretha Franklin, Sia, Nina Simone to Harry Styles.


Q.  Artist whose career you covet?

A. Helen Frankenthaler


Q.  Is art making therapeutic for you?

A. Definitely. It's a soul medicine for me.


Q.  If you could have a drink with one artist, who would it be?

A. I would love to and myself as in the movie Midnight in Paris, being a part of an era for a night, having drinks with Coco Chanel and Picasso, listening to their conversations and their thoughts about life and work.


Q.  What are you most proud of ?

A. Right now my intuition and the fearless part of me.


Q.  What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

A. I hope I'm working with exciting collaborations, that I see my art in large scales, on objects, in fashion and on many peoples walls.  I hope that my path with art will surprise me in great ways and feeling lucky every day that I can do what I Iove to do.


Q. If you could travel anywhere to create for a while, where would you go?

A. New York, a studio with a view over Manhattan and it would be all magic.


Q. What messages or emotions do you hope to convey to your audience?

A. I hope my art sends out the emotions that I have when doing them; free, strong, creative and positive.





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