Petra Börner is a Swedish artist living in London.
At the heart of her practice is a passion for drawing and often-repetitive re-sketching subjects to until they become as familiar as handwriting. With a mixed media practice, she returns to memories of these studies, often around natural themes, to re-create her compositions. Driven by a linear, bold line, her works are created as unique pieces, often as part of series.
Petra left Sweden to study fashion at Central St Martins in London and started her career in the fashion industry working with Sherald Lamden at Seraph, before running her own fashion business for many years. She is now primarily known for her work as an illustrator, having started getting commissions by design-led publications like Elle & Vogue during her studies.
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 method has an analogue and tactile outcome, guarding the texture and shadows created by the layering of paper.
A bystander to trends; her artwork accompany classics in the literary world including the work by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edward St Aubyn and Marguerite Duras. Working closely with her clients to tailor individual projects, Börner’s work applies with ease to any surface application and at a variety of scale, shape and material.
The unique and timeless quality of her award winning illustrations attracts a loyal, cross- industry client base within contemporary design.
Oscars, ACNE, Amnesty, Carven, Royal Opera, Apple, Aquascutum, Bally, Cacharel, Claire de Rouen, COS, Elle, Heal’s, Isetan, Kew, Louis Vuitton, Nordiska Kompaniet, Albert Bonniers, Made, Penguin Random House, Tiffany, Folio Society, The World of Interiors, Victoria & Albert Museum, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar