Petra Börner is a Swedish artist living in London.

With an interdisciplinary practice she returns to explorations of the human figure and features, natural, botanical themes and the opposing cityscape. She works with mixed media; drawing, painting and working with clay to define her vision. Petra’s work on paper is created as unique pieces part of series often inspired by expression, people, fashion and objects.

Her drawings were first showcased at The National Portrait Gallery, her ink paintings featured in an installation commemorating the late Claire de Rouen in an on going collaboration and recently featured as part of Paloma Picasso’s collection for Tiffany. 

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. 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.

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. With creative drive she founded fashion & accessory labels in early 2000, later turning her attention to other products including the Cosmos Collection.

Illustration and patterns

Börner is primarily known for her work as an illustrator, having started getting commissions by design-led publications like Elle & Vogue during her college years, then gradually growing 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. 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.


2017 30th June - 2nd July FIGAF Bluebird (Group) UK

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

Portraits by Emma Dalzell

Portraits by Emma Dalzell