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Artist and designer, Charlotte Swiden

BIOGRAPHY

Charlotte Swiden is a Swedish artist and designer living in Melbourne, Australia.
Her work has been greatly influenced by her Scandinavian heritage and love of nature.
Her art practise is expressive, reflecting on modern life and inner landscapes, using bold forms and rich colours.

Charlotte has a background in art and design and has spent the past twenty years working in graphic and product design both in Sweden and Australia. She moved to Australia in 2005 to undertake a BA in Communication Design at RMIT University where she focused on illustration and printmaking.
Her many years in design has given her an exceptional eye for form and function which translates into her art.

You can see more of her graphic design work at www.charlotteswiden.com.au

And yes, Swiden is her actual birth name.

FOUNDATIONS: EXHIBITION 2020

“ Charlotte’s disciplined approach to composition and colour, honed as a graphic designer, has transmuted into something softer and closer to nature with this series of abstract paintings that pulsate with motifs of plants, primitive figures and intimations of landscape, rendered in a muted earthen palette.

This return to painting for Charlotte – and her first solo art exhibition – marks a nod to her foundations, and an exciting moment in her career trajectory.

She describes her work as an interplay of two identities, two cultures and the tension that lies between them. 

Sarah Kelk, Art Coordinator – Modern Times

“Foundations is about returning home and letting my inner voice resurface.
It’s a journal of human behaviour, my roots, new leaves and a longing for nature.”
Charlotte Swiden

ARTIST STATEMENT & ETHOS

When I started Swiden Design in 2010, I wanted to create a collection of beautiful, high-quality designs that you would keep forever.
A unique aesthetic, quality materials and an ethical means of production has always been at the forefront of this process.
I also feel that the most important ethics are the ones we practice outside of our work hours and I always try and live my life as close to my values as possible.

In 2015 I had my second child which led me to shift focus. I started collaging and painting again and I took my practice back to my foundations. Time became so precious, I needed to simplify and become more minimalistic in what I chose to do.

Once I started painting again it was all so clear and easy. It was like I had an 800 page novel waiting inside, burning to escape. Painting is just who I am at my very core.

Some of the ways in which I seek to limit my impact on mother earth include:

· My paintings are original and made with time, love and utter care to last a life time
· The frames for my paintings are made with local, sustainable timber and craftsmanship
· I only use local crafts people to help my work come to life
· The designs I’ve created are all limited editions or one of pieces
· I use vegetable based inks which don’t harm the environment
· The paper I use for my prints are 100% cotton rag acid-free paper which is designed to meet gallery and museum longevity requirements
· The wall hangings are printed onto linen, one of the most sustainable fabrics we have available
· Non-toxic, water based dyes are used on printed fabrics

This is all good, but I truly believe that we can all do a little bit better than what we are currently doing so I constantly challenge my practice to be more sustainable for the long term.

EXHIBITIONS / COLLABORATIONS

Modern Times | Solo Exhibition

Foundations 2020

Swiden Coast x Linus Dean Rugs

Coast Rugs 2014

Frankie Book | A little bit crafty

Holding Candles 2014

Craft Victoria | Coco Flip x Swiden

Winter Fruits 2013

La Vida De Los Objectos | Barcelona

Tivolivat Wooden Objects 2013

A small space

Sprattelgubbar 2012—2013

The Design Files Open House

Tivolivat 2012

The Design Files Open House

Tivolivat 2011

In the Press

Charlotte Swiden | Modern Times 2020
Charlotte Swiden | The Design Chaser 2020
Swiden Design | Craft Vic 2014
Charlotte Swiden | Book A Little Bit Crafty 2014
Lukas prints | Inside Out 2014
Sprattelgubbar | Arquitectura & Diseno 2014
Coast | Frankie 2014
Coast | Homestyle Nz 2014
Sprattelgubbe | House Garden 2013
Coast Rugs | The Design Files 2014
Swiden x Linus Dean Rug | Green Magazine 2014
Coast | Herald Sun 2013
Swiden Design | Print & Pattern Book 2013
Coast | The Design Files 2013

Tivolivat | Inside Out 2013
Tivolivat | Green Magazine 2013
Charlotte Swiden | Femina Sweden 2013
Majbritt | Home Beautiful 2011
Tivolivat | B-Guided Barcelona 2012
Swiden Design | Craft Vic 2012
Majbritt | Herald Sun Weekend 2012
Fruit Salad | Inside Out 2012
Swiden Design | Home Ideas 2012
Charlotte Swiden | The Age 2012
Tivolivat | Home Ideas 2012
Charlotte Swiden | Frankie 2012
Swiden Design | Herald Sun 2012
Tivolivat | Real Living 2011
Swiden Design | Herald Sun 2012
Tivolivat | Real Living 2011

Swiden Design | Daily Imprint 2011

Tivolivat | Inside Out 2011
Swiden Home | Bloesem 2011
Swiden Design | Bloesem 2011
Swiden Design | The Design Files 2011
Tivolivat | Herald Sun 2011
Swiden Design | The Design Sponge 2011
Charlotte Swiden Home | Herald Sun 2011
Swiden Design Home | The Design Sponge 2011
Swiden Design | Herald Sun 2011
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