Time really does flies when you’re having fun! It feels like it was yesterday we packed the car and left. Anyway, now we’re back! After 3 weeks of lovely vacation around in Europe.
We drove through Denmark, Germany and then we stayed in Austria for about one week on the awesome playground called Area 47! This place really lived up to all our expectations! We’ve had sooo much fun! So if you like adventure filled with adrenaline in amazingly beautiful nature, I really recommend you to visit this place! (See pictures below) Then we went to Switzerland, France and back through Germany and Denmark again and then we took the ferry home to Gothenburg.
Here are some pictures from our little adventure!
Camping at Rømø, Denmark.
Drove down to München to met up our dear friends.
Why don’t take a walk to the park for some surf?
Drove slowly down to Austria after two days of big city life in Germany.
We are finally here! Hello Area 47! <3
Our home for the week.
Time to play! Canyoning!
About 12 degrees in the water. brrr…
David is jumping from 14 meters.
On adventure with the best person I know <3
Visiting mountain tops.
Enjoying the view.
Andrea got a new friend.
“I think I will stay here…”
Playing around under a bridge.
It was fun!
Time for rafting!
And time for a bath!
Testing the “Giant swing”.
We’re totally relaxed about jumping out 27 meters. Totally…
So this is what we’ve been up to! There’s been different kind of activities on the schedule every day for a whole week. It was sooo much fun!Especially when you get to play like this together with wonderful friends in the beautiful alps! After a week at Area 47, it was time to leave. Andrea, Anders and Anders flew home and David and I slowly drove back home through Europe again.
After traveling through Switzerland we stayed at a cute little campsite at Ballons des Vosges in France.
Say hello to our gorgeous mini-neighbor, Nougat!
We climbed mountains and visited old castles.
Such cute houses!
Tried escargots for the first time. I’m not sure if I’m gonna order it again ;)
Then we drove to Germany and then back home to Sweden again.
It has really been an amazing holiday! And now I’m back at my beloved little studio again! Preparing and packing everything! Because now there’s only two weeks left to Formex design fair in Stockholm! I’m so excited! Hope to see you there! :)
7 August, 2017
Summer holiday in the shop
I just wanted you to know that soon it’s time for me to have some vacation. Only one week to go! Then I will be recharging my batteries for 3 whole weeks. This time David and I will take the car, meet up some dear friends and drive down to Austria to a really cool place called Area 47. There we will stay one week and just play! For those of you who have never heard about this, check it out!(If you like adventures filled with adrenaline :P) I’m really looking forward to this! Then we will slowly drive back to Sweden again.
This means that during that time, the webshop will be open as usual. But! Orders placed after Friday, July 14 will not be sent away until, as earliest on Monday, August 7, 2017, when I’m back home in Sweden again.
But there’s still a few days left to spend at my creative, little happy place! I will be in the studio working until Friday next week (July 14). If anyone would like to drop by and say hi or shop art prints directly from me :)
Hope you all have a wonderful summer!
Hugs from Sanna <3
6 July, 2017
FORMEX – 2017
Now the preparations are in full swing, because soon it’s time for the Formex design fair in Stockholm! I’m so excited to be a part of this!
It’s actually my first time at Formex (I’ve previously exhibited in Denmark at the North Modern fair in Copenhagen and at the Formland fair in Herning) so it feels a little extra special to exhibit in my home country for the first time.
So, please come by and say hi if you’ll visit the Formex fair in August!You’ll find me at the Young Designers section, stand B16: 50.Hope to see you there!:)
“Nordic region’s largest and most important meeting place for design and interiors with 900 exhibitors, 23,000 visitors and 800 media representatives.”
Once in a while I make pencil portraits. I’ve been showing you some of them lately on both Instagram and Facebook. It’s so much fun and I love to make them!
But since my little company is driven by only one person, and I mainly work with posters and art prints. There’s not always enough hours for all the fun!
Right now I’m focusing on a new and a bit secret project ( pretty big actually). Then, it’s time for some vacation and as soon as I’m back again it’s time for Formex design fair in Stockholm, Farmers market in Varberg and a lot of other fun projects. I’ll tell you more about it soon. Stay tuned! :)
I’ve received some e-mails lately regarding portrait commissions ( Thank you so much! <3 ). So, I just wanted to say that I’d love to make them for you. But I won’t be able to start working on any new commissions until later this fall (around October – November, 2017)
If you have any further questions about this, don’t hesitate to contact me! <3
Here are some of the pencil portraits I’ve made earlier.
29 June, 2017
Thank you so much for a wonderful evening!
Thank you so much all of you who came to visit my open studio last Thursday! <3 What a wonderful evening we had! I’m totally overwhelmed that so many of you wanted to drop by!
I had so much fun that I forgot to take pictures during the evening. But I took a few before it all started. And here they are! :)
Big thanks again! This was so much fun that we will definitely do this again soon! :) And you’re of course, always more than welcome to drop by anytime! I’m usually here Mon-Fri between 9am and 5pm.
Hope to see you soon! <3
10 June, 2017
Open studio with friendly offers!
I thought it was about time to invite you all to my little studio. So! On Thursday next week I will have an open studio / “after work – fika” for those of you who would like to drop by and see how I work. There will be coffee, sweets and lots of extra friendly offers. I will also show you my new canvas collection and (!) let go of some of my original drawings.
Everyone is warmly welcome! :)
Location: Karl gustavsgatan 17 C, Gothenburg (nearest stop is Vasa Viktoria)
Time: Thursday June 8, 4:00-8:00 pm
Hope to see you here! <3
31 May, 2017
NEW! – The canvas collection
Now my friends! Now there’s a brand new thing in the shop! Canvas posters!
I wanted to make a little more luxurious variant of the 50×70 cm format. Try some other material than paper. So me and my dear father-in-law Anders (who works at Tregraf‘s printing company in my beloved hometown, Uddevalla) experimented with a bunch of different materials and we both fell deeply in love with the canvas. The colors and all tiny details turned out so bright and clear. And the feeling is so luxurious!
Suddenly a new collection was born – “The canvas collection”.
The illustrations are printed on fine canvas (450 g) and are available in the size 50×70cm. Works just like a regular poster, but are slightly more luxurious and much more durable than paper. Perfect for hanging with poster hangers, clamps or framing as usual, with or without glass. Not only does the canvas give a very luxurious impression, it’s both light and moisture resistant, making it perfect for decorating the walls even in the outside room and bathroom.
So if you’d like to try something that (probably) not so many others have? Well, maybe this is something for you :)
I was about to invite you all to a little happening / after work in my studio soon, so you can come and see this live. But of course you are more than welcome to drop by anytime! My coffee maker is always ready for a dear visit! <3
28 May, 2017
The TRUCK – to paint on a food truck
Last week I spent a lot of time at the big theater together with my dear trainee Alicia Linnér. I had been commissioned by the lovely guys who runs the restaurants, The BARN and Teaterkällaren to freshen up an old food truck where they will be selling hot dogs and beer this summer (Right outside the big theater here in Gothenburg at a nightclub called “Backstage”).
They wanted all old text to be removed, a new fresh layer of paint, add a menu and the The TRUCK logo on the front, plus some extra fun details. So then it was just to get started! :)
Here’s how it looked before.
There was a lot of double-sided tape everywhere on the car since before. It had been there for awhile, so it was really hard to get rid of it. It had like melted together with the plate. But with some help of some paint scraper, white spirit and some other strong stuff, we finally got rid of it.Then it became like soft chewing gum, so you got to scrape it off layer by layer.
Alicia is enjoying the chewing gum ;)
Scrape, grind and fix the surface and then paint it over with gray metal paint.
Time to paint the details! :)
Lunch break with my dear, pink lady!
I also made some new signs to the restaurant Teaterkällaren’s street writer. To these I used white posca pens. I think it’s easier to write text with pens than with brushes. Then I finished with a thin layer of lacquer for extra protection since they’re gonna be outside.
Then it was time to get back to the food truck and to paint hot dogs and beers!
It’s not everyday that you get to paint a hot dog on a car ;)
And this is how it looks like in action!
So if you’re a little hungry after all clubbing at the “Backstage nightclub” you can now grab a bite here :) Open Saturdays 11pm – 04 am.
22 May, 2017
Design market in Jönköping
Last Saturday I was at Designmarknad in Jönköping! It was my first time at this market. Actually, also the first time I was in Jönköping (I know, it’s too bad!). But such a lovely city!
David and I went to Jönköping already on Friday afternoon. Then we went to “Tändsticksområdet”, an area where the market was held and began to settle for tomorrows adventure. Such a charming place! All old buildings right by the sea. Then, when we were done, we went to check in at the hotel, grabbed some burgers and then we went the local cinema to watch a movie. Perfect upload for Saturday’s design market! :)
… And at 10 am on Saturday morning it all begun! So many lovely visitors and designers were there! Such wonderful atmosphere! The sun was shining and the birds singing. A beautiful day, simply!
It’s so nice to get out and meet all lovely people like this. Designers, organizers and might some of you who are reading this right now <3 Social media are amazing and I’m so happy to be in touch with you there. But you can’t really compare it with the happy meetings “irl” :) THANK YOU! <3
David was kind and helped me during the day so I could run around and shoot a little. So for those of you who didn’t have the opportunity to swing by in Jönköping past Saturday, here are some pictures! :)
Thank you so much all of you who made this to such a wonderful day! Hope we meet again soon!<3
2 May, 2017
A la London – Spring edition 2017
Now I’m sitting here, looking through all the photos from this weekend’s A la London design market. What a great weekend we’ve had! I’ve met so many wonderful visitors, inspiring designers and awesome organizers. <3
This year, the market started already on Friday with a little after work feeling.Between 5 and 8 pm they opened with dj, beverage, mingle, photo box and much more. It was such a wonderful atmosphere! Then the market continued from 10 am – 6 pm during Saturday and Sunday.It feels like this weekend just ran away!Suddenly it was Monday again and now I’m sitting here looking through all the photos with a big smile on my face. But that’s how it should feel like when you’ve been having a lot of fun! Thank you, all of you who made this weekend so happy and memorable!You are fantastic! <3
And for those who didn’t have the opportunity to swing by A la London design market in Gothenburg this weekend, here are some pictures.
Thanks again for a great weekend! Now we’re crossing our fingers for an A la London Christmas market this year too!
But we actually don’t need to wait for Christmas until next design market. Because next weekend, it’s time again! On Saturday April 29, You will find me and 59 other designers at Designmarknad in Jönköping!(Read more about this market here) I’ve never been there before, so I’m really looking forward to it!:) Hope to see you there!
Photos taken by: My lovely trainee Alicia Linnér, myself and the amazing A la London crew.
24 April, 2017
Spring and design market!
Tiny spring flowers are slowly starting to spread over the city, the birds are singing and I’ve actually got my first sunburn of the year. It begins to look like spring! …and with spring comes spring-markets!
Nextweekend, on April 21 – 23 the awesome design market A la London will open their gates here in Gothenburg! And I‘m so glad to be a part of it. 80 designers and a lot of wonderful eye candy! So, if you’rein the neighborhood that weekend I really recommend you to drop by!
Not only that! The weekend after that, Saturday, April 29, I will also be at the Design Market in Jönköping here in Sweden. Which will be great! (And also my first time). So come and say hello now, all inhabitants of Jönköping! :)
Hope to see you there! <3
12 April, 2017
Easter decoration – How to make paper feathers.
Last year I read about several who had made super cute paper feathers during Easter. Which I of course just had to try too! They were so easy to make and turned out so pretty that I almost couldn’t stop cutting paper feathers there for a while.
So this year I wanted to spread the word on how to easilymake these by just using paper, glue, some sticks and a scissor.
Pick some papers that you think would fit nicely. (For best result, use a thicker kind of paper)
Taketwo papersand glue them properly over the backs. Then place the sticks over one of them (on the glued part).
Add the second glued paper over the sticks. With the glued sides faced against each other and with the sticks in the middle (like a sandwich).pressure andsmoothit tightly.
Draw a shape of a feather along the stick.
Cut outthe shape.
You can also draw your own kind of pattern on if you’d like.
Or use old postcards.
Use the scissor to cut thin stripes towards the stick.
Et volia! You’ve made paper feathers! :)
Aren’t they pretty? And the best thing of all is that they are easy to make! I think it looks best if you make a few so it almost becomes like a small bouquet. Works perfect as Easter decorations (or as decoration all year round if you ask me ;)
19 March, 2017
Originals for sale!
The other week I posted an image of an original drawing on social media and wrote that it was for sale. It didn’t take long until it had found a new lovely home in Norway. Sooo fun! :) When I noticed that there were an interest, I thought that maybe it was time to let go of some more original drawings and paintings.
So!Now I have starteda bit cautious to put out two moreoriginals in the shop! Both are looking for new lovely homes.
Queen Fabulous – Made with ink and pro-markers, 2012. – Sold!
A shy peekaboo – Acrylic painting, 2012. – Sold!
So, if you are interested, both of these are now for sale! :) #worldwideshipping
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Or why not drop by my studio here in Gothenburg and say hello? My coffee maker is always ready! <3
10 March, 2017
Jack Lumboar – NEW PRINT!
Now he finally has arrived! Let me introduce our latest family member… Jack Lumboar!
I’ve been thinking about this idea for quite some time now. But it actually took a few months until I drew him. I knew that I wanted to make a lumberjack but was unsure of what kind of animal he would become. At first I thought of a moose or a bear. But it felt a little too obvious, like you’ve seen it before. So Nah! I skipped that idea. But in the end I thought that a wild boar might would be cool? It may not be the first animal you think of when you think of a lumberjack, but it suited him so well! With his rough fur, snout and tusks.
Then it was time to draw the outfit.I didn’t want to make it too obvious there either and put a red plaid shirt on him. I wanted to give him a little more neutral look. So he got a gray grandfather shirt, dark pants, suspenders and an wooden ax on his shoulder. In the end I also added a small wood anemone in the breast pocket to pick up the Swedish woods and soften him up a bit (and just because I love anemones!) Et volia! There he was! :)
I posted a picture of him on both Facebook and Instagram and asked for your help to name him. I got soo many good name suggestions! Thanks everyone! You are just the best! It eventually became a mix of several of your names. I named him Jack Lumboar (a mix och lumberjack and wild boar) There will soon a small giveaway on Instagram as a small thank you for your wonderful help <3
…and this is what it looked like during the drawing process.
Now you find him as signed art prints and posters in several different sizes together with the rest of his family, in my webshop. Hope you like him! :)
27 February, 2017
Updated website, new shop & Valentine’s day.
For the last couple of weeks we have been working on updating the website and to make the web shop much better. If you have visited me here before, you might have noticed that the website now looks a bit different (better I hope! ;). And! Now the webshop is connected to Klarna! So it should feel easy and safe to go shopping. So, if you live in Sweden you can now choose whether you want to pay by credit card, invoice, etc using Klarna. Isn’t that great?! And I of course, still have the option to pay with PayPal for international costumers.
And soon (speaking of cucumber) it’s also Valentine’s Day! And that is, of course something I would like to celebrate this with you! <3 Therefore, I made a discount code that gives you 15% discount in my brand new web shop!
Just write VALENTINE in the “apply coupon – box” when you get to the checkout and you will get 15% off on the entire purchase. Even on the sale! The code is valid until Thursday, February 16, 2017 and can be used as many times as you want until then.
(Please note! As usual it’s free shipping for purchases over 500 SEK in Sweden. Otherwise a shipping fee of 49 SEK will be added. The shipping cost for delivery to the rest of the world is 99 SEK.)
Big hug from Sanna.
9 February, 2017
“When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance.”
I have seen this quote running around a lot lately. And every time I see it, I get a big smile on my face. Because this is sooo true! I do not think you can understand how happy we get for every single order (yes I actually think I can speak for every small business owner). And to illustrate this, I thought I should show you how it might look with a small film clip. (at least this is what it looks like in my studio)
Thank you for following me on my creative journey! For your support, always so kind words, likes and comments on social media. You are amazing! <3
8 February, 2017
Vacation in Mexico.
Now I’m back home again in a rainy and cold Gothenburg after three wonderful weeks in sunny Mexico together with my better half and his family. We’ve had such a great time! Lots of sun, heat, long and white beaches, a little adventure and a little to much tequila ;)
We stayed at at really great apartment in Playa del Carmen. Two floors, we all had our own rooms + bathroom and on the top floor there was a large roof terrace with an outdoor kitchen. Playa del Carmen was a really great place. Lots of beaches, restaurants with supergod food, nightclubs, bars, and there was so much activities to do. The sea was incredible! Glowing turquoise and full of life! We went on boat trips to both Cozumel and Isla Mujeres, we dove with bull sharks and in cenotes in the jungle (underground caves), rented a car and drove around, visited Tulum and Cancun. Yes! I highly recommend everyone to go there!
Everywhere we went we saw a lot of cool street art by really talented artists. So now I’m really eager to paint big and more colorful. W’ll see what the inspiration has to offer ;) Now I’ve really been charging my batteries and I’m super excited about 2017! It will be an awesome year! I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes! :)
Here are some pictures from our holiday.
Street art everywhere! Pure happiness on a wall <3
Searching for cenotes in the jungle.
We found both small and big once.
Day trip to Chichen Itza.
Took the ferry to Cozumel.
Celebrating Christmas on the beach. Guess who’s the Santa? ;)
We dove with bullsharks. It’s we who sits nicely in a row down there on the bottom. Our instructor strictlytold us that we must not wave to much with our arms or legs because then they can come and “nibble” a bit. I wasn’t nervous at all. Not even a bit ;)
Took a day trip with a catamaran to Isla mujeres.
My sweet parents in law <3
David talked to Mr Pelican.
He didn’t seem that impressed by the conversation.
We ate a lot of really good food. Mostly seafood. nomnom.
Sugar skulls everywhere!
Happy new year!
Another day in paradise!
David the mermaid.
Rented a car and searched for turtle beaches and Mayan temples in Tulum.
Time to dive in cenotes!
Such an amazing experience! It feels like you are floating around in space.
After we’ve been swimming around for a while, under earth, in the darkness, we saw the light and followed it up to a small cave. Then down again and back to from where we started and off to visit other cenotes.
We filmed a lot with GoPro down there but all the films got very dark (we didn’t have enough flashlights). So here’s a little you tube clip from another person who has been cave diving in Chikin ha (one of the cenotes that we dove in) just to show you how it might look.
If you’re ever in Mexico and like to dive I really recommend you to do this! :) Such a cool experience!
Thank you so much Rudquist family for a wonderful vacation <3 Now I’ve recharged my batteries to the max and I’m super excited for a awesome 2017! :)
Hope you all had a great Christmas and a happy new year as well <3
Hey ho, let’s go!
12 January, 2017
When I’m at work, I most of the time, work very creatively. But for the last couple of weeks, even my spare time has been very creative. And I don’t complain! I love that! ;)
So I thought I’d like to share that with you. What I’ve been up to lately. Besides making the new print, Free spirit and working with my posters, I’m working on a secret mission right now (and a very big one) that takes a lot of time. Something I’ve never done before, and that to me is very exciting! But it isn’t for sure that it will go the whole way through yet. So please keep you fingers crossed for me! Because if it will.. it will be sooo good! (I’ll tell you more about it when/if it becomes official ;)
Last week I’ve also been at the restaurant Teaterkällaren in Gothenburg and helped them to make some signs and decorate their slates. It looked like this.
But at my spare time, I’ve also, in the past four months gone to a silver forging course every Thursday night. Nothing I’ve ever tried before. But two of my friends Elin and Lina has been there for the last 2 years and they’ve always been telling me how much fun it is and that I have to try it. So I did. And I couldn’t agree more… It’s sooo fun! Why haven’t I tried this before? It was so much fun that I had to sign me up for next spring’s semester as well. It’s so exciting to work with such a different material. Hammer, solder and get a little dirty until it actually becomes something beautiful that you can wear. So here is where you’ll find me next year as well.
… And this is what it looks like at our little silver workshop :)
Then I got the cutest gift from my boyfriend for my birthday. He knows me… I got a course in ceramics. And he was joining me as well! So that’s where we’ve been on the weekends lately. I don’t know who enjoyed it the most … he or I (haha). We got to try both pottery and and to model, roll and shape clay in the “usual” way. Super fun really! The hours just flew away!
… And it looked like this.
I’ve heard it’s pretty hard to pottery. And it was! But we got into it pretty quickly. Just in time until I made the final bowl of the day I actually started to get the hang of. (Although most of them were rather oblique, but I see it as charming ;) And the teachers are super talented and very helpful!
Thank you honey for such a wonderful gift! It was sooo fun to do this together with you <3
If you too are eager to try some kind of creative course (in Sweden), I really recommend any of these! I thought it was so fun! Both the silver forging and the pottery course was booked through the Adult Education Association in Gothenburg, Sweden. Read more about it here: http://www.sv.se/
Now I’ll continue on the creative track but in a much sweeter form. Because now when Christmas is just around the corner, you’ll just have to build gingerbread houses (and of course, make marzipan penguins in Santa hats ;)
Hope you all have a really lovely Christmas!
Hugs from Sanna
7 December, 2016
Welcome to my studio! <3
Wohoo! Christmas is just around the corner! Time to decorate Christmas trees, put the saffron buns in the oven and to fill our throats with mulled wine! And the most important thing of all … Time to shop Christmas gifts to our loved ones!
So if you’re thinking: “Woaw! Signed art prints and posters would fit perfectly as christmas gifts!” and you don’t want to order them online, you are more than welcome to visit me in my studio here in Gothenburg and buy my prints directly from me. I’m here every Mon-Fri from 10:00 am “until late a clock” until Monday, December 19, 2016 (After that I’m off to Mexico for some holiday for a few weeks).
Here in the studio, I also have black, thin, aluminum frames in sizes to fit all my prints and posters. So if you want, I’m also happy to frame them for you and wrap them nicely.
So the are ready to be placed under the Christmas tree directly when you get home :)
The studio is located in Vasa at Karl Gustavsgatan 17 in Gothenburg. Just give me a tinkle when you’re outside and I’ll come and open for you (it’s located on a courtyard, so you can’t see it from the main street). Whether you want to shop prints or not, you’re always welcome to visit me, just to say hello!
… And this is what my studio looks like <3 #mylittlehappyplace
1 December, 2016
Nobody could have missed that it’s Black Friday today. I don’t really know how I feel about it. Before I worked with this, I worked at Gina Tricot (a clothing store) for many years. Where we often had periods of big sale. During sale, people just went crazy and could even start fighting about the clothes! So when I think about sale or Black Friday, I just feel like putting a helmet on and hide. Haha…
But since my company name SWART means (by the pronunciation) black in Swedish. I think, of course, that we should celebrated this “SWART FRIDAY”! I happily join the trend! :)
So! Until Sunday, November 27 until midnight (swedish time) you’ll get 15% discount on all posters and prints in my shop. Even on the sale! (So you will basically get them for free! ;) Just enter the discount code: SWARTFRIDAY at the checkout and you’ll get 15% off on the entire purchase.
Hope you’ll have a lovely day of shopping everyone! I’m celebrating this crazy day by painting with black ink and packing orders. Tonight me and my man will go on a pottery course! It’s gonna be really fun! :)