Swedish Cecilia Carlstedt was born in Stockholm in 1977. Cecilia had from a very early age a great interest in illustration, and after spending all her spare time drawing when growing up, she began her A-levels in formal studies in Art and Design, followed by a year of more theoretical studies of Art History at the Stockholm University. During her studies she started freelancing as a fashion illustrator for various magazines, e.g. Swedish ELLE.
In 1998 Cecilia was accepted into the Graphic Design Foundation course at London Collage of Communication followed by a BA in Graphic design / experimental image making. After finishing her studies Cecilia returned to Stockholm and began working full time with her illustrations, commissioned by a wide range of clients with focus on fashion.
Cecilia loves to combine traditional media, like pencil, ink and screen printing, with modern techniques such as Photoshop. She has an extraordinary skill to value the material: the texture of paper, fluidity of color, preciseness of brush strokes and its relation to uncovered surfaces. Generally Cecilia finds inspiration in fashion and art, but also simply in an unusual color combination, an interesting face, a book, walking through an art gallery and even surfing the internet.
Currently Cecilia lives and works in Stockholm and her clients include LVMH, Nina Ricci, Lancôme, Estée Lauder, Chaumet, Swarovski, SHOWstudio, La Perla, Victoria Secret, Paul Smith, Victoria Beckham, IKEA, Whyred, H&M, NY Times, The Sunday Telegraph, Vogue, ELLE, W Magazine, Flaunt, The Lab.
Cecilia’s work has been part of various exhibitions in 2015, e.g. « Art meet Commerce », Stockholm, « New Nordic Fashion Illustration vol 2 », Tallin, and « Masters of Fashion Illustration » in Poland.