Karin Olofsson is a witty, lively and intriguing textile artist from Sweden. Her artworks are a distinctive combination of reality and fantasy that appeal to a broad audience and are fun for all ages. Karin’s canvas is composed of her original self-created mixed media, often combining her photographs, embroidery, paintings and prints.
Karin found her love for creativity in her grandparents’ house in the majestic Swedish countryside. Her grandmother was an inspiring multi skilled artist with great charm and charisma. Karin describes her grandparents’ house as “A place taken from a Pippi Longstocking story. Filled to the brim with threads, colours, fabrics, beads, paintbrushes and many nooks and crannies to inspire passion and imagination. A place full of love, laughter and encouragement”. A great starting point for her artist career.
During Karin’s earlier years she trained and worked as a make-up artist and hairdresser. As many of Karin’s artworks feature portraits of people, these skills became an integral part of her art to captivate features of a person’s face when making a portrait come to life. Karin has always been fascinated by faces and in particular the eyes – the mirror of the soul. Her deeper and graver works often highlights one eye – the eye that has seen it all. Another personal recurring theme in her works is the elephant, mostly as a small fun detail and a symbol for life’s glory. Karin has a way of producing an art piece that inspires emotions on many levels depending on the mood of the observer.
Life has lead Karin to many inspiring places around the world. India is especially important to her as she lived there for four years. In her creations, Karin transforms people from different worlds and walks of life into her own interpretations and thereby re-creating them into a new reality. Behind all Karin’s original pieces lays a story, she explains “I’m very inspired by my years in India – a place full of vibrant colours and contrasts. In my art, I like to transform a tired cleaning lady into a fantastic Bollywood star or make a businessman become a laid back hippie. I like to awaken the idea in the viewer’s mind - what if things were different. The artistic creation is a terrific way to portrait comedy, tragedy, beauty and joy”.
Karin’s creativity is triggered by a photograph or image she has taken, her needle and thread then becomes her paintbrush and the inspiration flows naturally to the piece. The detailed embroidery is recurring in all her artworks. It’s through the embroidery that Karin’s art really takes its form into its expression. She often uses recycled products such as old postcards and anchovy tins as features in her works.
Karin Olofsson lives and works in Västerås, Sweden.
2009-2010 Textile Studies, Eskilstuna Folk High School, Sweden
2010-2011 Entrepreneurial Textile, Västerberg Folk High School, Sweden, 1 year
2011-2012 Embroidery, Västerberg Folk High School, Sweden, 2 years
2012-2013 Textile Design, Eskilstuna Folk High School, Sweden, 1 year
2011 ”Poufs among Poufs”, Group Exhibition, Eskilstuna City Museum, Eskilstuna, Sweden
2012 ”People I’ve Met”, Private Exhibition, Affair, Västerås, Sweden
2014 ”Ladies and Elephants”, Private Exhibition, Gallery TU, Stockholm, Sweden
2013-2015 ”Life, Love, Grief and Swedish Fika”, Group Exhibition, Eskilstuna City Museum & Rydal Museum, Sweden
2015 ”With Love”, Anundshög, Västerås, Sweden
2015 ”Insects and Bugs”, Group Exhibition, Stenhuset Surahammar, Surahammar, Sweden
2015 ”Among Roses and Cloth Lines”, Group Exhibition, Wijs Botanical Garden, Ockelbo, Sweden
2015 Asia Contemporary Art Show, Art Affairs Gallery, Conrad Hong Kong
2016 Affordable Art Fair, Art Affairs Gallery, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
2017 Stitch Fetish 5, Group Exhibition, The Hive Gallery and Studios, Los Angeles, USA
2017 Black Beaches and Frosty Grounds, Group Exhibition, Rydals Museum, Mark, Sweden
2017 The Hive 12 Year Anniversary Show, Group Exhibition, The Hive Gallery and Studios, Los Angeles, USA
2017 Stitch Fetish San Francisco, Group Exhibition, Center for Sex and Culture, San Francisco, USA
2018 Stitch Fetish 6, Group Exhibition, The Hive Gallery and Studios, Los Angeles, USA