What constitutes an inspired life?

Surely this is debate-able.

But as for me I believe

it’s a life lived



And creativity…


The amazing illustrations of Swedish artist


* s t i n a   p e r s s o n *


reflect these qualities.


I’m a fan of her fashionable

and raw work and was

willing to moonwalk

in 6-inch heels to interview her for


Turns out that wasn’t necessary…


Stina works with a wide range of mediums

including watercolor, acrylics, ink, and photography.


Her drippy watercolors are my

personal favorite and are enthusiastically

embraced by clients such as,


Coca Cola, Absolut, Godiva, Sony,

Blue Note Records, Atlantic Records, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s,

UNIQLO, American Eagle Outfitters, Volvo Japan, Björn

Borg Clothing, DKNY, Face Boutique, Iben Høj Clothing, and Target.


Anyone else woozy with how

Stina illustrates two simple words?


When she commented:


Making things is the opposite of destruction.”


She gave me pause.

I thought about how much we hurt each other

and the planet when we don’t honor

creativity with this spirit.


Famous for fashion illustrations,

last fall Stina explored ideas of

imperfection in an exhibit in New York



Perfectly Flawed dealt with accepting

mistakes, drips, and cuts.

With an ever more digitalized, botoxed,

and photoshopped reality I think we

yearn for the original and

the handmade, even if imperfect.


Or maybe just because.”


If you read this blog, you won’t be surprised

I could not allow Stina to escape without

commenting on the role of humor in her life.


“Humor is vital.


As long as we can laugh and poke fun

of ourselves it will be all right.


My work isn’t very funny though;

I have to compensate as a person maybe…”



The artist soulfully and sensitively

replied to my plea for suggestions

to find lovely in the everyday.


Look closer to home.


The way a beam of light

hits an object in your house

or a good cup of coffee on the

balcony (even if only for a minute

as it actually is still way too cold)…


Looking at the devastation in Japan

one realizes just how fragile everyday is,

and how precious.”



What currently inspires the artist?






Collages and thrift stores.



Astor, Edgar, Otis and Ivar

(her sons and husband).




Thank you, Stina, for sharing your lovely spirit

and stirring creations with all of us.


Peace to you right where you are.







  1. April 22, 2011 / 6:45 am

    I find that I'm inspired by Spring, collages, thrift stores and my family too. Yet for me the outlet is home decor. Interesting how the same input creates a different output. I love those boots in the last painting, BTW.

  2. April 22, 2011 / 12:52 pm

    Gorgeous and so inspiring, both the artist and your blog…
    I am now running a few minutes late because I just could not stop browsing through your beautiful posts… Thank you for the inspiration boost.
    I'm your newest fan. Have a beautiful Easter. Xo

  3. April 22, 2011 / 3:54 pm

    Oh, sweetie…

    You always touch people with your words. I'm always at peace when I'm here.

    I hope you also have a Happy Easter!

    Btw, did you get better of your allergies?

    Love to you! 🙂


    Luciane at

  4. April 23, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    Oh fabulous in every single way! I love this interview and her art is just so incredibly beautiful in all of it's perfect imperfection. Stunning, really. xxx

  5. April 25, 2011 / 12:23 pm

    I am a huge fan of Stina's art, it's beyond lovely – wooziness-inducing indeed! Love the interview, you have such a way of bringing out the lovely!

    Meera xx

  6. April 26, 2011 / 7:07 pm

    Very talented! And Swedish – wihooo!

    I am with you. Her drippy watercolors are fantastic.

    Thank you for sharing, Michele!


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