June 11, 2012

Catching Up With Annika Wester

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,

Wannabe Collection

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 GmarketThe 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! 


The Dainty Dolls House said...

The art work is marvelous...just so pretty!! My girls would love it too :)) I hope your weekend was bliss and your new week will be too flower!! xoxo

Roberto Fioravanti said...

great post!
i hope you read my new post

katie said...

super talented beauties! all in one interview!
i'm obsessed with that little pouch she did with kokka...
i'm on the hunt for cute little makeup, travel bags...in the hopes that i will THEN travel more....
great interview as always,


I love how your are going back and revisiting your talented contributors. Annika does such incredible work and I really admire her.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! xoxo

Kimia Kline said...

wow, i love her style. hadn't ever heard of her, and am so happy for the introduction!

Alexis Grace said...

How much fun are these second interviews! I love all the illustrations... esp the plates!

About Last Weekend said...

That bang tote just cracks me up. What a talented (and gorgeous) woman. I can't get past that first photo of the old wood chair, the blue table and the green lamp. Feels like you could do anything at that vignette!

Fashion Tales.... said...

Remarkable! Those plate illustrations are so intriguing. I want them! It's so cool about the cosmetic collaboration, makes sense. Excellent talent and feature Mary Jo. -xx

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Such fun! Love her pieces and style .. very cute! Hope all is well with you in your world, Mary Jo! I'm busy and trying to convince myself to start packing for our move ... still doesn't quite feel real yet!

Sandy M ~ Ooh La Frou Frou

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Love her work!!!!!
She has great style!!!

Rachel Jensen {Da Paura ♥} said...

The makeup looks amazing! Love that funny tote bag too! :)


Couture Carrie said...

Amazing interview and pieces... love the tray paintings!


P.S. You are most welcome - love your bags!

Blond Duck said...

Those trays are great!

Eat. Live. Laugh. and sometimes shop! said...

The tray paintings - j'adore!!! Wonderful interview, Mary Jo. Thank you for always broadening my horizons. xoxo

Joshua Christian said...

if those prints are her illustrations, Annika is Wester is indeed a genius.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

i'm in love with her tray paintings - thanks for the introduction!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

classiq said...

Thank you for the introduction, Mary Jo. I love the tray paintings and the t-shirt illustrations. :)

Carla Coulson said...

Annika such a talent and a beautiful woman!
Carla x

dimitri said...

It's a great and very interesting interview.
Love her work. Everything is so pretty. Lovely illustrations. She's very talented.

MM said...

What a great work!!! The tray painting are so cute!!

Have a lovely week, sweetie!! xoxoxo

Heather said...

Those tray paintings are too cute!


Little Rus said...

Her illustrations made me smile - absolutely adorable and beautiful! x

Krystal said...

wow she is very diverse and has great designs!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Oh, I am absolutely in LOVE with her art; and I want the entire cosmetics collection that she did the illustrations for - so adorable! Awesome interview, Mary Jo! :)

Annika Wester said...

So great Mary Jo,
Thanks for a fun chat!!

★ °•˚☆

fashion and frank said...

So interesting - what a talent - i love the trays - and what a beautiful woman - great insight Mary Jo - thank you xx


modediktat said...

thanks for sharing the interview and for introducing annika. i've seen her work before without recognizing a coop here or that the designs and illustrations are coming from her. great to learn more about it!
i like the tote with the green owls/birds - fantastic!
happy tuesday, dear mary jo!

Shelly { @ Quiet Luxury } said...

Too cute! I love that rabbit "bang" bag!

Quiet Luxury

Glam Fashionista said...

Great interview as always. It's great to keep in touch the way you are doing it.

Miss Margaret Cruzemark said...

Very inspiring post. Your choices are always so stylish and refined!!!!
Best Regards
Miss Margaret Cruzemark

Claire said...

loving the cute tees. and how cool that she collaborated with the korean cosmetic company!!!


Heather Fonseca said...

So spectacular! I love her work.

Sarah Klassen said...

So so fabulous! I adore her work, and would love to purchase a tee :) Thank you for sharing!


Allison said...

Wow, what a great interview! She is super talented!!
I would love for you to visit my blog sometime!!

Jackie G.Loves said...

Love this bag!!

So Fashion said...

The sleep mask is so cute!

Bag Braggers said...

that dress reminds me of prada.i love the cartoon feeling this season

Zara said...

So pretty! Love the trays and the owls bags! Cosmetics line looks tempting, too!

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