JB: Could you please introduce yourself?
AS: Anna Søder, 37, Berlin.
JB: How did you get started with illustration?
AS: I draw a lot since 20 years and while working as a costume designer I realized that I should simplify & focus my efforts on the thing I love & which is the most natural for me: that is to take a pen & or a brush and to spent hours with it.
JB: How did you come up with your illustration style?
AS: I am inspired by the fluent aspect of drawing lines, opacity, light, colors … everything is for me a way to express emotion & to connect to the atmosphere, a material, a person or an object radiates. Maybe it’s a philosophical experience also that everything in life is fluent & expresses itself in the moment.
JB: What makes you happy?
AS: I’m in general a happy person – so I could write an endless list …
Short version: I’ m happy when I have all the time I want, company I love and my drawing stuff, some good books and sooner or later a glass of Rosé while listening to the sound of the ocean waves & feeling the warm & gentle touch of the sun on my skin. 😉
The Urban Outdoor Sneaker
JB: Is there any favorite spot/country and why?
AS: Everywhere in the sun & at the sea hearing & speaking various other languages. And yes, I feel totally at home at the seaside in south France or in Bretagne – I grew up in between french & spanish speaking children and I loved this so much especially when playing in the sand or in the waves.
- The JACKET
- The SEAMAN SWEATER
I am inspired by the fluent aspect of drawing.
JB: What projects are you currently working on?
AS: I just finished an Illustration for Frau Tonis Parfum Berlin.
I’m starting to sell my work on different internet platforms like Saatchi Art and I’m prepare a book that reflects the aesthetic direction of my illustrations.
Besides I’m still organizing my life as a freelanced Illustrator. 😉
JB: What do you do for a living?
AS: Performing magic 🙂 – drawing. I do customized illustrations for brands, magazines and private persons. Besides I have exhibitions from time to time. Since October prints – and some originals- are available on www.saatchiart.com.
And I recently startet “driven by passion”, a streetwear shop inspired by my illustrations & my lifestyle: – I have quite a lot of fun to create designs and prints for clothing. This shop are a wild fun project – I’m playing around with it and can imagine to expand it in a more sophisticated & sustainable way in the future.
JB: Where do you see yourself in five years?
AS: Drawing, living half of the year at the seaside & half of the year in a big city like Berlin, Hamburg – San Francisco could also be a choice …
JB: Tell us something about your home, Berlin?
AS: Berlin is an inspiring place where everything, everyone and every building and place radiates an individual & fascinating story – like a patchwork of different moments in history and time. There is lots of green, parks and nature in Berlin – as I grew up in nature that was one of the reasons I felt attracted to live here.
JB: How does a typical day in the life of Anna Søder looks like?
AS: Typical for my day is my morning routine: I meditate, drink green tea & coffee, write or read like about an hour before I get up – some days I go for a run or do Qi Gong and then I start with the projects of the day …
JB: What springs to mind for the following keywords?
Social media – Inspiring, great connections, important to choose the time I spent with
Music – Has been one of my biggest influences in life so far: I startet to play violin when I was 5 and got passionate by playing Piano a bit later through the work of Frédéric Chopin … in fact I had the dream to be a professional pianist …I recently discovered more electro music.
Flow – I made the experience the more you focus on what you love the more I get into a flow.
I ‘ m in the flow when I do the things that feel good in my gut and in my body.
Sometimes there is a barrier of fear – I learned to accept it and to continue nevertheless … On the other side of fear starts the flow …
Role Model – Illustrators/ Painters I’m inspired by Mats Gustafson, Réné Gruau, Henri Matisse and Kelly Anna, a young & very powerful british illustrator
Sustainability – Very important subject! In fact I’ve always been mainly attracted to high-quality long-lasting things & fabrics – means I have somehow a natural approach to sustainability so far. Since a few years I notice the importance of it and I follow the discussion around new & alternativ materials & garments in fashion. Li Edelkoort, a very famous trend forecaster, held a very interesting & provocative talk around this subject at Voices for Business of Fashion in February 2017. You can find it on You Tube and it’s really worth to watch it.
I’d like to add here a little sketch I did through following a discussion around fair fashion at Female Future Force Day – organized by Edition F- that took place in Berlin in August, 2018.
Inspiration — People & their physical appearance,Beauty, Fashion, Streets, sometimes Clubs, the Beauty of Nature & Music, Colors, Light and Garments, I also love to observe how a fabric moves and radiates through a living body…
Adventure — My whole life has been a great adventure until now – the more courageous I am the more exciting and prosperous it gets … 😉
Nevertheless I’ve always been recharging in steady things or routines like doing Yoga & Qi Gong since 14 years, drawing or also playing piano and being in the nature…
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