With Malin Koort’s paper people, for me it was love at first sight — the bright cheery colors, the freshness, the quirkiness!
Her charming characters just ooze with personality and make you want to get better acquainted.
After graduating from Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm), Malin began working on editorial illustrations and book covers, as well as furniture, poster, and stamp design. She also writes and illustrates her own stories, and loves to make tiny paper sculptures and build worlds out of paper. One of her recent personal projects was constructing Olympic games and stadiums in matchboxes.
In addition to odd characters, music, movies, food, and cookies :), she’s largely inspired by the books she read as a child. Favorite authors include Astrid Lindgen, Eva Bexell, Barbro Lindgren, Roald Dahl, Åke Holmberg and Lennart Hellsing.
Interestingly enough, she’s also inspired by things that are happy and sad at the same time (Sundays, aging, graduations, child stars). I think you can sense that element of pathos in her paper people even while they’re making you smile. Small people, big feelings.
One of Malin’s dream projects is to publish a children’s book. She’s obviously a natural storyteller and I hope that someday soon we’ll get to read one of her books here in the U.S.
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