Six years ago Annika Wester stopped by to chat about her work and style, and it was always one of my favorite illustrator interviews because of the self-portrait Annika made just for TrustYourStyle. I've been admiring her recent work for Lacoste and thought it would be fun to catch up. I think you'll enjoy meeting Annika if you're not already familiar with her work.
mj: I can't believe it's been six years! I know this is a hard question, but what have you been up to?
annika: I've been living long enough in Paris since moving down from Stockholm that I've learned the best way to use the city and how to live here working with international clients.
mj: I'm really interested in your tray paintings--can you talk a little about how these came about?
annika: I was invited to exhibit at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, it's a really cool gallery so I figured I wanted to do something new that would be very My World. I think these paintings turned out with a romantic touch to them, and actually a bit of humour as well showing in the texts in the edges on the trays as well as some other details. Funny enough, I am right now preparing for more tray/other object paintings in oil and acrylic. And there will be ones in color too.
mj: I love the collaboration you just did with Lacoste! Congratulations!
annika: Thank you! Lacoste had seen some earlier work of mine with quite detailed hand-painted and drawn little objects and they wanted to use that on scarves & t-shirts. They were printed for Lacoste L!ve women collection Spring Summer 2012 and can be purchased on the Lacoste website or in any Lacoste L!ve store.
mj: Where else can we buy your designs?
annika: I recently did a collaboration for japanese fabric company Kokka, which produces high quality fabrics with very good printings. My agent in Tokyo, CWC sells some pouches and totes with some of the fabrics I did for them,
I also did a collaboration with Korean cosmetic company Etude House, for a line called Wannabe collection and they printed my artwork on a whole cosmetic line. Etude House might have just stopped selling the line in their stores in Asia since it got released in December 2011, but one can still purchase it on Ebay and at a site called Gmarket. The cosmetics I did for them were very successful and a bestseller from the start which was very exciting to hear.
mj: Last time we talked, you said you would describe your style as "delicate, playful, feminine. " Has that changed? Would you add anything else to the definition of your style?
annika: That is still very accurate! But it happens that I do other kind of illustrations that are a bit witty--for example I have printed on shirts and totes. These were very popular among my friends who immediately asked to buy and a neat concept store in my neighbourhood called Zazoubara spotted me wearing those and made an order.
I am looking forward to getting one of your tees in the near future! Thanks so much Annika for stopping by!