Meet artist Karin Cyrén
PAINT YOUR WALLS WITH POSTERS
This is the second artist poster collection Karin Cyrén makes for Fine Little Day. Cyrén is an artist, illustrator and author of children’s literature, based in Stockholm Sweden. We admire Cyrén for her bold narrative picture language and expressive color palette. Her art makes us happy, simple as that.
PRODUCTS FROM THE COLLECTION
Hi Karin, how are you and how’s it going ?
Hej! I am ok! I have lots of work to get done and two small kids at home to distract me from most of the present day chaos. But I am tired and anxious of course. I wish I had a fast forward button.
How are you working nowadays, have things changed with 2020?
I am lucky enough to be able to work full time in my studio right now. Every morning I drop of my oldest at förskolan two minutes from my home and then I walk two minutes to the studio. My world is very small, for good and for worse. It was small before covid too but now there is no escape! So far I don’t mind really except that I would love to go have a beer with someone somewhere soon!! I work a lot with book illustration and the projects are usually long and slow. Some of what I am working on now was planned before covid so I am not exactly sure how I am affected yet. What I do know is that all my public work, such as library workshops and school visits are cancelled and even though that means less well payed work it also means less stress.
What would an ultimate work situation look like for you?
This situation is kind of ideal for me! All I really want is as much time at my studio as possible, to work on my own projects and commissions. I need to make more money though so please buy these posters!!!
Do you have any methods or trick to best get going with a job?
I use the timer on my phone a lot! 30 minutes to come up with an idea for an illustration or 1 hour to make the first draft of a picture book storyboard. I make lists and super small sketches and then I let them rest for a while, maybe overnight or for a week, before looking at them again. I use the timer for everything. 10 minutes to walk around the studio, 15 minutes to answer emails, 1 hour to sleep on the couch and so on. This is not crazy.
We think it’s so great to have your work available in our store again, what else do you have going on at the moment?
Yes! Super fun to be back! I am currently working on illustrations for a picture book with a wonderful text by Annica Hedin that will be published by Rabén & Sjögren this fall and with a kind of half secret colouring project for a Swedish artist that will also be released this fall. My book Oj oj oj! (Lilla Piratförlaget) will be published in march and I am trying to write a new book in my head too. And I need to do my taxes.
Photos from Karin’s exhibition in our studio in Lindome, 2016 + exhibition poster in Gothenburg.
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