Alice

Lindstrom

Hi! My name is Alice Lindstrom. I work with paper to create colourful, textural and expressive collages. I’m fascinated every day by the versatility that working with paper offers.

In the past I’ve lived in Sydney and Berlin but for now I am happily settled in Melbourne. I studied set and costume design at NIDA, which was where I first started using collage for concept illustrations. One of the most formative experiences of my career was studying art history and falling in love with the paintings of the German Expressionists.

My studio is currently a backyard studio in my house in Melbourne (mostly because cats make good studio companions).

I’m inspired very much by strong female role models, such as Jacinda Ardern, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Greta Thunberg. I have been very fortunate to be able to draw on this inspiration throughout many commercial collaborations. I love working on commercial projects as it affords me the chance to see my work at a scale, format and in a context that I haven’t seen before.

Volunteering and donating my skills is really important to me. Every year I try to do several pro-bono projects for causes and organisations I feel strongly about.

Not long ago I worked with The Victorian Women’s Trust to create the visuals for their About Bloody Time campaign which seeks to normalise and destigmatise menstruation. It was wonderful to work with a feminist organisation and for a cause I feel strongly about.

I was also lucky enough to create work for The Big Issue magazine. It is really wonderful using my skills to support organisations and companies who do such important work in the community.

One of my all-time favourite projects was the Red Shoes fairytale themed teacup and saucer I created for T2. I am a serious tea enthusiast and have been a regular customer of T2 for years so it was really exciting to collaborate on a teacup-and-saucer set with them.

I really loved working with Okay Lady on their first puzzle range. I’ll always remember how pretty the packaging looked and how happy I felt seeing it for the first time.

One of the most enjoyable jobs I’ve ever done was to illustrate parts of Frida Kahlo’s life for Bravery magazine. I was able to learn more about her life and art, as well as incorporate Mexican imagery and colours.

I love to dedicate time to personal work because it helps to develop my technique, voice and style. Lately in my personal work I’ve been making papercuts and finding that they’re a strangely relaxing activity to do in between commercial jobs.

Here are some pages from my sketchbook. I love the opportunity to step away from collage and sketch, paint and draw.

Most of my work starts with finding appropriate reference imagery. Then I start with loose black-and-white sketches. Once the composition and imagery have been finalised I go into colour. After the colour sketch I start the collage. I make each element from paper and scan each piece in to build the final image or I construct the image as one collage piece.

I often get asked if my work is all handmade. It is! I often layer collage elements and painted textures together to make the final image. I used this process when illustrating my recent picture book Fox and Bird.

People are often surprised to learn that I usually make each element as a separate paper layer and then scan each element in order to compose the final collage. Here are a few images of the Winnie the Pooh characters I made for an illustration I did for Disney.

If you want to find out even more about me, here are some recent articles about my practice in Arctic Paper and Brown Paper Bag.

That’s me! If you want more, check out my full folio and Instagram. Got a brief? Contact me and the good folks at Jacky Winter.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.