ASTRID WILSON FOR RIXO
Wonderfully arty and an immense amalgamation of prints Astrid is a true RIXO girl from her art to her style! For our latest Human of RIXO we got to meet the charming Astrid, the gorgeous talent behind the custom prints, created for our pop-up store. Creating fun and colourful art never looked so good. These are available to purchase on her website astridwilson.com, with 10% of proceeds going to the Plastic Oceans charity.
Where is your favourite place in Sweden and why?
I like the west coast a lot, taking a windy walk along the sea, it gives a feeling of freedom. Any time of year works, but spending time in the summer by the sea is the best!
Where’s your favourite place to go for brunch in your local town?
I love eating brunch together with my friends and family. When I am home, I actually prefer to eat at my mum and dads place if I am with my family, or at my place if I am with my friends.
Favourite vintage shops?
Where I live, we do not have that much vintage shops. The biggest and the best one I usually go to is Beyond Retro. I also shop vintage online, love the fact that is has come many new vintage shops selling via Instagram.
How did you start your art and find your niche?
I have always painted but started to make digital illustrations a few years ago. I`m not sure If I have found my niche yet, I mostly create things that makes me happy and that I think are beautiful.
How do you start a piece of art?
It depends on if I do art on commission or not.
When I make art, I often do a lot of sketches before I even know what I am about to create. For me the best way to get started is just to play with colours and shapes and not think about the finished result. The difficult part, for me, is mostly not how I start a piece of art but if and how I finish it. I have hundreds of illustrations that I have started on my computer, but never finished.
When I do art on commission, I have more of a structured way to work, where I work from a brief I get from the customer. In this process I put up ideas and mood-boards before I start sketching -unlike when I do art for my own brand.
Where do you find inspiration for your art?
I find a lot of my inspiration in nature. I am obsessed with flowers…
Favourite time of year to create art and why?
Autumn! I love all the colours in nature at this time of year and the darkness outside makes me want to sit in all day an create!
What has been your favourite print/landscape/portrait you’ve done?
Strangely enough, it often varies. One week I get tired of a print and the next
week it is my favourite. Right now, I love ‘Field’ that I have done for Wall of Art. (BIFOGA BILD)
How long, on average, does it take you to make a custom piece of art?
On average, about 20-30 hours.
What is your favourite book or podcast you’re reading/listening to at the moment?
Unfortunately, I do not have the patience to sit down and read. However, I love podcasts since I can do other things at the same time as I listen.
I subscribe and continuously listen to about 15 different podcasts, and right now I am really in to a Swedish podcast with two talented media personalities, Brita Zackari and Parisa Amiri. They talk about the latest news in the world in general and in media especially, always from a feminist perspective.
Best advice or career tip someone has given you?
Cliche perhaps but – dare to do things that are outside your comfort zone.
What would you like to do if you weren’t an artist? /What was your plan B?
I dream about opening my own vintage shop where I sell vintage clothes and vintage art. It is something I would love to do someday!