Siri Carlén

Siri Carlén for Svenskt Tenn Easter 2020

The artist and illustrator Siri Carlén is constantly drawing. Her ornate designs adorn everything from display windows and clothes for well-known Swedish fashion brands to trays and interior accessories. The artwork consists of colourful figures, portraits and still lifes. She describes herself as almost obsessed with colour, inspired by nature and historical craftsmanship. Now she has created her very first designs for Svenskt Tenn.

“Inspiration is a crucial part of my process. It affects how I develop an idea. I save everything I see and experience in my personal inspirational bank. I look at both contemporary and historical art, design and crafts. But nature and folklore are probably my greatest sources of inspiration. I also get inspired by the materials I use. I love the tactile meeting and when my work carries traces of the hand.”

Siri Carlén for Svenskt Tenn Easter 2020

“My work is about pleasure. Curiosity and inspiration is what drives me. I marvel at the tension between everyday and imagination, utensil and decoration, the real and the naivistic. I work intuitively. The path between thought and action must be short.”

Siri Carlén for Svenskt Tenn Easter 2020