Tiger and Bee Keeping posters

Introducing Michelle Carlslund Illustration

I recently announced the news that I’m having a baby and so naturally, I’ve been thinking about the nursery — what theme to go with, colour scheme, furniture to buy…

We’ve decided to be surprised and not find out if we’re having a girl or boy so I’m looking at gender-neutral nursery ideas. Any suggestions? I’d love you to share them in the comments below.

For a few weeks now I’ve been thinking a bear theme would be cute, which is how I discovered Michelle Carlsund Illustration — a young Copenhagen-based artist who does the most whimsy and adorable illustrations, I just had to share!

Michelle Carlslund Illustration
Tiger and Bee Keeping posters

“I’m a french-fries-loving, time-optimistic and eco-friendly poster maker and freelance illustrator based in Copenhagen, Denmark,” says Michelle.

“I founded my company, Michelle Carlslund Illustration, five years ago while still studying graphic design. In 2013, I started to work full time as a poster maker and illustrator, and now my posters, cards, notebooks and totebags can be bought in over two hundred design shops around the world.

My aim is to bring out some playfulness in us grown-ups leading our busy lives with jobs, responsibility and stress.

Flip Alphabet and I Love Ice-cream posters
Flip Alphabet and I Love Ice-cream posters

“Sometimes I think it’s enough for an illustration to be pretty to look at, but more often I like to have an edge to it. Or something a bit strange or odd. A feeling or a detail that makes you think again and perhaps imagine how the situation in the illustration ended up like it did.”

And her inspiration?

“Of course, I get inspired by the colours I see around me. The trending colours crawl under my skin, and at some point I feel like using them, and they feel just right, too, although they didn’t a few weeks earlier. Just like I used to hate platform shoes and now own several pairs…”

The majority of Michelle’s posters are printed on a sustainable stone paper.

“Stone paper is made of limestone and oil-based non-toxic binder called HDPE,” explains Michelle. “The production of stone paper releases half as much carbon dioxide as conventional paper.

“I think there is too much stuff in the world already. If I am going to add more, the least I can do is to make it as sustainable as possible.”

Sailor poster
Sailor poster

One of my bestselling posters has the text ‘Don’t forget to kiss’. That is more of a life motto. It is a reminder to have fun and not to take everything — including myself — too seriously.

For more information and to learn about Michelle’s freelance commissions visit her website or connect on Instagram.

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