Petra Börner is a Swedish artist living in London.
With an interdisciplinary practice she often returns to explorations of the human figure, our place within Cosmos and botanical themes. She works with mixed media; drawing, painting and working with clay to define her vision. With a passion for making, springing from having grown up in a family keen to experiment with all sorts of crafts, the manual is key to all her projects.
Börner grew up in rural Sweden with artistic ambition, drawing inspiration from her great grandfather- an entrepreneur, painter & photographer. Being from a family of doctors, her first commission was illustrating medical journals. 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. She assisted Sherald Lamden at Seraph, an eye opening time bridging art, music & fashion. With creative drive she founded fashion & accessory labels in early 2000, later turning her attention to other products including the Cosmos Collection, a collaboration with StudioThomson.
Börner is primarily known for her work as an illustrator, having started getting illustration commissions by design-led publications like Elle & Vogue already during her college years, then gradually growing into her main occupation 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. Petra Börner has now gained recognition for the unique and timeless quality of her award winning illustrations and with an innovative approach to contemporary illustration her work has proved bold and individual enough to attract a loyal, cross- industry client base.
With a clientele including the Oscars, Börner’s work has an unmistakable handwriting. A bystander to trends, her artwork accompany classics in the literary world including work by Edward St Aubyn, Jane Austen, Marguerite Duras and Mary McCarthy.
2016 30 June - 3rd July Atelier Sunspel (Solo) UK
2016 April- June Sommar Ulrika Eleonora (Solo) UK
2016 April Fashion Show David Simon Contemporary (Group) UK
2015 December FIG Christmas Art Fair Bluebird (Group) UK
2014 Thinking of Claire de Rouen Claire de Rouen Books (Solo) UK
2014 March Scandinavian Pattern Collection The Swedish Embassy in Tokyo (Group) Japan
2013 March Made by Node Design Museum (Group) UK
2011 October Posters for Japan Tokyo Graphic Passport (Group) Japan
2011 May Posters for Japan Dog A - Norsk Design- og Arkitektursenter (Group) Norway
2011 February C/o Illustration (Group) Sweden
2008 October The Joyful Bewilderment (Group) UK
2008 April COSMOS Open Studios at Dutch Uncle (Solo) UK
2008 February April Cut Paper Forward Publishing (Solo) UK
2006 February The Mystery Postcard Exhibition The National Portrait Gallery (Group) UK
2005 November Patterns Swedish Style in Tokyo (Group) Japan
2005 October Mönster av Petra Börner Röda Kran Solo Show, Sweden
2005 March, ‘The Banjo Art Show’ (Group) Sweden
2013 Gold Award (Advertising/ Illustration) Kolla! Svenska Tecknare
ACNE, Amnesty, Apple, Aquascutum, Bally, Bonniers, British Heart Foundation, Cacharel, Claire de Rouen Books, COS, Elle, Folio Society, Harpers Bazaar, Heal’s, Isetan, Jamie Oliver, Kew Gardens, Royal Opera Sweden, Louis Vuitton, Nordiska Kompaniet, Made, Oscars, Penguin/ Random House, Tiffany, The World of Interiors, V&A, Vanessa Bruno, Vogue
1995-1999 ‘Fashion Design with Marketing’ Central St Martins Collage of Art and Design