Ingela P. Arrhenius

I’ve always loved to draw and loved stuff with drawings on them. I’ve been a collector since I was a child. I loved stickers, comics and even when mail-shots came with the mail I saved them if they were illustrated. My favourite children’s books were the ones with many details and I liked Richard Scary as a child. Today I prefer his oldest children’s books.

In the kitchen in my childhood home we had a big cupboard and it was always filled with paper, colours, clay and crayons and I think that is one reason why I today work as an illustrator.

My parents both have an artistic flair even if they don’t work with it. My mother makes silver jewellery as a hobby and my dad collected art when I grew up. The walls were filled with paintings and Cuban movie posters from the 70s.

I now work as a freelance illustrator based in Stockholm. In addition to my advertising and magazine commissions, I have illustrated children's books, designed several stamp editions and patterns for products such as children's clothing, fabrics and stationery.

I live just south of Stockholm with my husband and two boys.