Final year BA Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins.
Alva Skog is a Swedish illustrator in her final year studying Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins. Before studying at Central Saint Martins, Alva completed a two-year fine art course in Sweden, working with printing techniques such as screen printing and etching. Alva's work is inspired heavily by female and non-binary identities, body ideals, gender inequality and racism and her work looks at how to question the issues surrounding them. Awarded with a yellow pencil in 2017 from D&AD's New Blood awards, Alva already has two exhibitions at the Cluster Arts Exhibition show and the V&A Illustration Awards under her belt.
In her own words
"I am very honoured and proud to have been shortlisted in this year V&A Illustration Awards and that I am exhibited at the V&A. During my studies, I took part in an exhibition together with other students from the course. The exhibition was called 'I Don’t Know Her Name, But I Know Her Work’, and evolved around work by past and present students of graphic design at Central Saint Martins. New work was shown, alongside historical work by female designers from the CSM Museum & Study Collection, and was on public view at the college entrance from December 2017 to February 2018. This project has then led me to exhibiting my work in the London Transport Museum as part of the Posters Parade."
"I started doing this style of illustration with a project where I was to communicate advice to my younger sister (fourteen at the time). With three posters, I wanted to communicate what it was like growing up as a woman. Since the project was meant for my sister, I was very conscious of how to depict the women in the illustrations. I was concerned not to make them sexualised and objectified in any way, as well as free from narrow body ideals that we see so much in media and advertising. So that is how the ‘No tiny hands’ thing started, and by now, it is what I want to achieve with every illustration I make."
"I have two artists that will always inspire my work. The first artist is Marlene Dumas. I absolutely love her ink portraits and her fast way of working. The second artist is Helene Schjerfbeck. I have a poster with one of her paintings above my bed. Still, where I find most of my inspiration is from all the women and non-binary people in my life, their strength and wisdom inspire me."
Look out for
Alva is currently exhibiting her work at the V&A as part of the V&A Illustration Awards until the 24th of June of this year.
She is going to be exhibited at the London Transport Museum this summer as part of the Poster Parade.
Alva is also collaborating with Unique Board in New York, where three 3D printed sculptures of her design will soon be launched in June/July. One of the sculptures along with three prints will be part of her degree show that is on display from the 20th until the 24th of June at Central Saint Martins.