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WalkyLand X REDValentino

Monika Forsberg is a Swedish illustrator living and working from her garden flat near London’s Hampstead Heath. She has two children, and one cat, and she listens to audio tapes while she draws. Here she discusses her upcoming capsule collection for REDValentino, and how art and fashion go together like strawberries and cream…

On finding inspiration in chaos: ‘I’m from Sweden, which is visually perfect. Nothing is built out of plain curiosity, because there are strict rules and regulations to follow. When I’m home I simply look at the beauty and don't know where to look for inspiration. I end up doing nothing. In London things are more chaotic, and I feel free to experiment.’

On not being able to sit still: ‘I can’t remember a time when I didn’t draw. I learned to sew at the age of four, and was constantly making and drawing things as a child. Nowadays I still like to create little scenes and stories. I find it hard to sit still, but sketching is the one place I feel at peace.’

On chasing the perfect drawing: ‘I work when the kids are at school; it’s my time to myself. My work is what pays the bills but it’s also my indulgence and a form of meditation. I put on an audio story and draw from 9am until 3pm without stopping. There never seem to be enough hours in a day, as I’m always chasing the creative wave that allows me to make a perfect drawing.’

On working with REDValentino: ‘Collaborations are a great way to work. The capsule collection was born out of a mutual decision to create clothes that marry my signature bird and plant motifs with the Valentine’s holiday. I think art and fashion go hand in hand, like strawberries and cream or a needle and thread.’

See more of Monika Forsberg’s work here and shop the capsule collection online on February 25

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