With an interdisciplinary practice she returns to explorations of the human figure and natural themes. She works with mixed media, drawing and painting. Petra’s works are usually created as unique pieces part of series often inspired by expressions, people, dreamscapes, landscapes and objects, an intimate and magnified approach. More recently she is exploring her work using clay and mixed media structures.

Börner grew up in rural Sweden with artistic ambition. With a passion for making, having grown up in a family keen to experiment with crafts, the manual is key to all her projects.

Having gained skills assisting illustrators, an urge to engage with art in new mediums brought her to London to study fashion at Central St Martins. Her first jobs in fashion were with Sherald Lamden at Seraph (London) and Susan Cianciolo (NYC), an eye opening time bridging art, music & fashion.


Illustration & Patterns

Börner is most known for her work as an illustrator, being from a family of doctors, her drawings were first featured in medical journals. She started getting commissions by design-led publications like Elle & Vogue during her college years,  and it gradually grew into her main focus in 2005.

Her signature cut paper illustrations, originating from colour studies and pattern designs for fashion and interior textiles, are created by hand using a scalpel. This laborious method has an analogue and tactile outcome keeping the texture and shadows created by the layered papers. 

With an innovative approach to contemporary illustration her work has proved bold and individual enough to attract a loyal, cross- industry client base. Börner’s work has a specific handwriting. A bystander to trends, her award winning work accompany classics in the literary world including work by Edward St Aubyn, Jane Austen, Marguerite Duras and Mary McCarthy.

Select Events / Exhibitions

2017 FIGAF Bluebird (GS) UK

2016 Atelier Sunspel (SS) UK

2016 Sommar Ulrika Eleonora (SS) UK

2016 Fashion Show David Simon Contemporary (GS) UK

2015 FIG Christmas Art Fair Bluebird (GS) UK

2014 Thinking of Claire de Rouen Claire de Rouen Books (SS) UK

2014 Scandinavian Pattern Collection The Swedish Embassy in Tokyo (GS) Japan

2013 Made by Node Design Museum (GS) UK

2011 Posters for Japan Tokyo Graphic Passport (GS) Japan

2011 Posters for Japan Dog A - Norsk Design- og Arkitektursenter (GS) Norway

2011 C/o Illustration (GS) Sweden

2008 The Joyful Bewilderment (GS) UK

2008 COSMOS Open Studios at Dutch Uncle (SS) UK

2008 April Cut Paper Forward Publishing (SS) UK

2006 The Mystery Postcard Exhibition The National Portrait Gallery (GS) UK

2005 Patterns Swedish Style in Tokyo (GS) Japan

2005 Mönster av Petra Börner Röda Kran (SS) Sweden

2005 The Banjo Art Show (GS) UK

(SS) = Solo Show / (GS) = Group Show


2013 Gold Award (Illustration) Kolla! Svenska Tecknare, Sweden 

Select Clients (Illustration)

Oscars, ACNE, Amnesty, Royal Opera Sweden, Apple, Aquascutum, Bally, British Heart Foundation, Cacharel, Claire de Rouen Books, COS, Elle, Heal’s, Isetan, Jamie Oliver, Kew Gardens, Louis Vuitton, Nordiska Kompaniet, Bonniers, Made, Penguin/ Random House, Tiffany, The Folio Society, The World of Interiors, V&A, Vanessa Bruno, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar

Portraits by Emma Dalzell

Portraits by Emma Dalzell