Featured Artist: Sandra Dieckmann
Sandra Dieckmann was born in a tiny Moo-town full of cows, fields and trees in Germany. In a tree house to be precise. Her mother was dangling by one arm when she gave birth and Sandra flopped out and landed on the back of a hawk who brought her home to his nest.
There she learned to fly. That way she made her way to Great Britain in 2002. Since then, Sandra has tried to act like a human being. She now works in from her home studio in East London as a Freelance illustrator, drawing & playing with colours and building herself a magical nest filled with textures, patterns and animals.
Above by Sandra Dieckmann
Sandra’s skills have been applied to a wide array of international commissions and projects, which can be seen reflected in her online portfolio. In 2011 Sandra was chosen by Oscar Winner Shaun Tan as the Upcoming Talent in Illustration in the UK.
White Bison by Sandra Dieckmann
Earlier this year, we invited Sandra to get involved in our Beermat Characters project, for which she produced an illustration of cat with branches emerging out of its furry head, entitled Feline Forest;
“The best folktales have a dark edge. Conversely, the best folk art pops with colour – perhaps as a visual way of whistling in the dark, perhaps a celebration of the richness of northern Europe’s storytelling tradition. Sandra Dieckmann’s nature inspired illustration has got that elusive, comfortable yet disquieting quality in spades.”
Beermat Character by Sandra Dieckmann
Our upcoming Beermat Characters exhibition opens in just 2 weeks and will showcase over 100 illustrated beermats by international artists and illustrators, including TADO (UK), Osian Efnisen (UK), Kristyna Bazcynski (UK), Simon Wild (UK) and Sandra herself. We’re very much looking forward to the big reveal and hope you can join us!
Beermat Characters opens on Monday 29th April – Saturday 4th May at The Coningsby Gallery in London, with a special launch night on Tuesday 30th April, 6pm – 9pm. Follow inkygoodness on twitter for all the latest news.