My name is Karolin Schnoor, and I’m a freelance illustrator and screenprinter. I create posters, calendars, stationery, and the occasional printed textile. I live and work in London, England.
I learned to screen print at university, and since taking it up again as part of my practice I’ve learned so much more. I think of my shop as a sort of glimpse into my main business working as an illustrator; it’s a great way to share the things I’m working on.
Since I use my shop as an extension of my illustration portfolio, authorship is very important to me. I want to make sure everything I produce is in keeping with my design sensibilities, and I am very selective about which work I put in my shop. I always source my materials carefully and try and keep the printing standard as high as possible. I’ve done some bigger editions, but most of my work is printed in small quantities to maintain quality control.
When I’m creating, the first thing I usually decide on is the format of a given project. Next I think about how many colors I want to print, and the design develops from there. I draw almost everything by hand and scan it so I can prepare my screen printing templates digitally.
I spend most of my time in front of a screen working to meet client deadlines as an illustrator, so it’s a nice balance to create personal work in a print room exactly how I want it, away from e-mail alerts. Etsy has been incredibly helpful for me as a social tool. It makes it easy for me to run my shop and interact with customers, and it has always felt very personal.
It has been so gratifying to see my work go out to different people across the world. I’m sometimes surprised at what items do well, which is an interesting reflection of how others see my work. It’s also pushed me to create things I wouldn’t normally make in a regular client context. Over time I have also been able to see patterns of things that interest me and themes I come back to, which has been exciting.
All photographs by Karolin Schnoor.