Ingrid Katarina Karlsson

As a versatile mixed media artist, I believe art should tell a meaningful story to the beholder. My narrative style of work is very much based on encapsulating my own personal memories and experiences, yet illustrated in a way that can be interpreted individually by the viewer.

I originally began my colourful journey as an artist drawing all over my Dad’s meeting agendas and business papers as a child! As long as I can remember I have practised art in some form, from stitching to photography; painting in a range of media from oils to gouache and acrylics; working in graphic design and illustration.

Mostly inspired by storytelling, my work also combines the magical scenery and ever-changing seasonal colours in the beautiful Peak District in which I am lucky to both live and work. I also draw on inspiration from my Swedish roots, enhanced by my regular journeys back home.

Some of my favoured techniques include collage, mono-printing and crystalline watercolour enhancing the work with a luminous quality. I tend to machine stitch into the work for mark making and creating texture, with the aid of my faithful 50 year old Swedish Husqvarna. The result is a three dimensional, visual representation attempting to evoke thought.

My lifelong love of words have always influenced the way I work, hence the narrative element; quotes and lines of words are often incorporated into the piece of art work. Words can inspire the concept from the idea stage through to finish.