Friday, 22 April 2011

Ingela P Arrhenius' Wood Block Figures

Ingela P Arrhenius is a Stockholm based illustrator with a beautifully naive style and a love for design from the 50s and 60s.  She is also prolific, she's illustrated children's books, designed stamps, patterns, clothes, advertising campaigns; the list goes on.

The project that lead me to discover her work, however, started out as a distraction from these assignments; it was a creative hobby that grew and grew into something wonderful. Its a collection of hand painted wood block figures that she painted in her spare time. As time passed the collection grew and grew to the point where she had created enough for an exhibition of 100 figures. These figures were then sold all over the world. A book has since been published featuring all 100 figures (a sort of family album).

There is so much that I love about these figures: the way that each figure is designed in such a beautiful and skilled way that although they may be simple, they are full of life. They all seem to have their own unique character to them, their own personality. It is as if the characters of a fifties animation have stepped out of the screen and into the real world.

Like all of Ingela's work, these figures are full of charm and invention. Enjoy:

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