Mushrooms

Cut paper artwork created for the Folio Anthology 'Autumn', introduced by Kathleen Jamie. Published by Folio Society.

Fruit

Cut paper artwork created for the Folio Anthology 'Autumn', introduced by Kathleen Jamie. Published by Folio Society.

Pumpkin

Cut paper artwork created for the Folio Anthology 'Autumn', introduced by Kathleen Jamie. Published by Folio Society.

Kurbito

Nature-inspired pattern artwork — cut in paper.

Merrygold

Nature-inspired pattern artwork — cut in paper.

Yellow Fields

Nature-inspired pattern artwork — cut in paper.

Sommar

Cut paper illustration created for the Royal Opera House of Sweden. The artwork was applied to a campaign poster celebrating the seasons.

Leaves

Cut paper artwork created for the Folio Anthology 'Autumn', introduced by Kathleen Jamie. Published by Folio Society.

Charcoal

Part of an artwork series created for the COS Menswear SS08 collection.

Pop

Part of a series of short animations entitled 'Petra Shorts'.

Yes No

Part of a series of short animations entitled 'Petra Shorts'.

Pull

Part of a series of short animations entitled 'Petra Shorts'.

Apoteket

Petra creates a festive pine motif for the Swedish cosmetics and pharmacy store, Apoteket. The warm and atmospheric pattern was applied to wrapping paper and gift bags for the holiday season.

Blue Hawaii

A botanical pattern created for trend forecasting company, WGSN.

Pink Flower

Pattern artwork created for Glamour Magazine's 'Woman of the Year Awards'.

Imagine

Sleeve artwork for John Lennon's track 'Imagine'. Created for Secret7 — a fundraising project combining music and art for a good cause.

Thyren

Inspired by the theme 'Hansel and Gretel', Petra creates gorgeous artwork for the Thyren FW14 collection.

Thyren

Artwork created for the Thyren FW14 collection. Petra referenced vintage books and objects, taking inspiration from urban, country, travel, and vegetation subjects.

Thyren

'Hansel and Gretel' inspired artwork for the Thyren FW14 collection. Petra used her unique way of working — layering colored pieces of paper to create the special print. Photo courtesy of Marie Claire Magazine.

Thyren

'Hansel and Gretel' inspired artwork for the Thyren FW14 collection. Petra used her unique way of working — layering colored pieces of paper to create the special print. Photo courtesy of Marie Claire Magazine.

Thyren

Artwork created for the Thyren FW14 collection. Petra referenced vintage books and objects, taking inspiration from urban, country, travel, and vegetation subjects. Photo courtesy of Marie Claire Magazine.

Thyren

Inspired by the theme 'Hansel and Gretel', Petra creates gorgeous artwork for the Thyren FW14 collection. Photo courtesy of Marie Claire Magazine.

Floral

Petra creates a floral design — cut in paper for a luxury brand's leather goods.

Purple Woods

Forest-inspired cut paper artwork created for Korean label, Thyren.

April Lilac

A lilac infused cut paper illustration depicting slugs eating up a garden. Initially created for Gardens Illustrated, and later modified into a large print.

Spring

Part of a series of illustrations created in cut paper for 'The Intolerable Gourmet' by Pippa Kendrick. Published by Harper Collins.

May Green 1

Personal artwork adapted from an editorial piece originally created for the May 2013 issue of Gardens Illustrated.

March Red

Cut paper illustration featuring curious looking mice. Created for the March 2013 issue of Gardens Illustrated.

May Green 2

Personal piece created for the May 2013 issue of Gardens Illustrated, and later modified into a large print.

March Blue

Cut paper illustration featuring curious looking mice. Created for the March 2013 issue of Gardens Illustrated.

Spring

Part of a Series of illustrations created in cut paper for 'The intolerable Gourmet' by Pippa Kendrick. Published by Harper Collins. Available as a giclee print.

Hypnotic Safari

A bold and graphic cut paper illustration. Part of an artwork series depicting the cycle of life. A version of rubbings were featured in Please! Magazine's 5th Anniversary issue edited by Leslie David.

Floral Box

Minimalist floral pattern applied to packaging for Swedish liquor company, Systembolaget.

Sea Blue

Ocean-inspired pattern artwork — cut in paper.

May Purple

Personal piece initially created for the May 2013 issue of Gardens Illustrated, and later modified into a large print.

Flora

Monochromatic notebook design created as part of a stationary collection. Commissioned by Bookbinders.

Olives Blue

Cover artwork for a book of poetry by Louise Berniere. Published by Random House.

Olives White

Cover artwork for a book of poetry by Louise Berniere. Published by Random House.

Blue Poppy Field

Vibrant blue cut paper artwork created as part of the Field series. Private work.

Dandilion

Created for the cover of 'What a Plant Knows' by Daniel Chamovitz. Published by One World.

Autumn

Part of a series of illustrations rendered in cut paper for 'The Intolerable Gourmet' by Pippa Kendrick. Published by Harper Collins. Available as a giclee print.

Autumn

Part of a series of illustrations rendered in cut paper for 'The Intolerable Gourmet' by Pippa Kendrick. Published by Harper Collins. Available as a giclee print.

Lady Jane

Contemporary floral textile created for British furniture purveyors, Heal's. The fabric was applied to the Antoinette cocktail chair.

Apelsin Lilac

Decorative cut paper illustration. Part of an artwork series depicting the cycle of life. A version of rubbings were featured in Please! Magazine's 5th Anniversary issue edited by Leslie David.

Floral Woods

Pattern illustration commissioned by Korean fashion brand Thyren, for their AW 2014 women's wear collection.

Frost

An experimental personal piece incorporating cool blues.

Willow

Hand painted motif for the Vanessa Bruno AW2012 women’s wear collection. Photo courtesy of Style.com.

Willow

A decorative motif hand painted by Petra for the Vanessa Bruno AW2012 women’s wear collection. Photo courtesy of Style.com.

Willow

Hand painted floral artwork created for the Vanessa Bruno AW2012 women’s wear collection. Photo courtesy of Style.com.

Frozen Lake

Personal piece initially created for a publishing project.

Volsungs

Artwork created for the series 'Legends from the Ancient North.' Volsungs is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Published by Penguin Books.

Hot Winter

A mysterious darkness and low, warm sun reaching the trees in winter; deer standing still by a winter lake, and the silent threat of a wild boar ready to charge. Wrapping paper design for Wrap Magazine.

Winter Original

Part of a Series of illustrations created in cut paper for 'The Intolerable Gourmet' by Pippa Kendrick. Published by Harper Collins.

Winter Original

Part of a Series of illustrations created in cut paper for 'The Intolerable Gourmet' by Pippa Kendrick. Published by Harper Collins.

February Lilac

Personal piece initially created for the February 2013 issue of Gardens Illustrated, and later modified into a large print.

Deer

Pattern illustration commissioned by Korean fashion brand Thyren, for their AW 2014 women's wear collection.

Klang

Limited edition wool rug — hand made by a fair trade group of traditional Nepalese carpet makers collaborating with Made by Node. The title translates from Swedish as ‘tone’, referring to 'color' or 'a happy sound.'

Kumkwat

An ornamental illustration to accompany a series of poems by Tony Harrisson. Commissioned by Penguin Books.

Gothic Poppy

Printed textile and catwalk installation created for Cacharel by Clements Ribeiro. The artwork was cut in paper in a series of motifs for the AW 2006 women’s wear collection.

Gothic Forest

Cut paper artwork initially created as a personal piece, and later featured in a series of motifs for the Cacharel AW 2006 women’s wear collection. The design was also included in a card collection produced by Habitat.

Snakeskin

Giclee print featuring a snake shedding it's skin. Produced in limited edition.

Throw

Petra hand-embroiders a throw pattern for Jonathan Adler Interiors.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Artwork created for the series 'Legends from the Ancient North.' Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Published by Penguin Books.

The Elder Edda

Artwork created for the series 'Legends from the Ancient North.' The Elder Eder is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Published by Penguin Books.

The Elder Edda

Artwork created for the series 'Legends from the Ancient North.' The Elder Eder is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Published by Penguin Books.

January Red

Personal piece initially created for the January 2013 issue of Gardens Illustrated, and later modified into a large print.

January Pink

Personal piece initially created for the February 2013 issue of Gardens Illustrated, and later modified into a large print.

Thorns

An illustration to accompany a series of poems by Geoffrey Hill. Commissioned by Penguin Books.

Rosehip Hide

A bold and graphic cut paper illustration—part of an artwork series depicting the cycle of life.

Summer

Seasonal illustration for Pippa Kendrick’s cook book ‘The Intolerant Gourmet’. The illustration also features in a series of limited edition prints. Commissioned by Harper Collins.

Beowulf

Artwork created for the series 'Legends from the Ancient North.' Beowulf is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Published by Penguin Books.

Beowulf

Artwork created for the series 'Legends from the Ancient North.' Beowulf is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Published by Penguin Books.

Spanish Wild

An experimental personal piece rendered in a modernist cut paper style.

Fruit Worms

Personal piece reflecting on the cycle of life, depicting worms eating into fruit.

Autumn Forest

Campaign artwork commissioned by Swedish drinks company, Systembolaget. Petra artfully illustrates animals and seasonal foods with paper cut outs. Consisting of 5 illustrations, the campaign received a gold award from Sweden's yearly competition in graphic design and illustration, Kolla!

The Wanderer

Artwork created for the series 'Legends from the Ancient North.' The Wanderer is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Published by Penguin Books.

Glimminge Hus

Icon illustration created for Skåne Tourism. This icon of Glimminge Hus forms part of a larger pattern depicting key icons from the south of Sweden—Petra's home region.

Shopping Bag

Icon illustration created for Skåne Tourism. This shopping bag icon forms part of a larger pattern depicting key icons from the south of Sweden—Petra's home region.

Bird

Icon illustration created for Skåne Tourism. This bird icon forms part of a larger pattern depicting key icons from the south of Sweden—Petra's home region.

Apple

Icon illustration created for Skåne Tourism. This apple icon forms part of a larger pattern depicting key icons from the south of Sweden—Petra's home region.

Red Apple

Icon illustration created for Skåne Tourism. This red apple icon forms part of a larger pattern depicting key icons from the south of Sweden—Petra's home region.

Beetroot

Icon illustration created for Skåne Tourism. This beetroot icon forms part of a larger pattern depicting key icons from the south of Sweden—Petra's home region.

Kite

Icon illustration created for Skåne Tourism. This kite icon forms part of a larger pattern depicting key icons from the south of Sweden—Petra's home region.

Daisy

Icon illustration created for Skåne Tourism. This daisy icon forms part of a larger pattern depicting key icons from the south of Sweden—Petra's home region.

Poppy

Icon illustration created for Skåne Tourism. This poppy icon forms part of a larger pattern depicting key icons from the south of Sweden—Petra's home region.

Partridge

Plate design created for a Seto Seikei homeware collection.

Snail

Plate design created for a Seto Seikei homeware collection.

Bird

Saucer design created for a Seto Seikei homeware collection.

Poppy

Cup design created for a Seto Seikei homeware collection.

Rosebush

Nature inspired acrylic and indian ink illustration. Personal piece created as part of a floral still life series.

Rose Bush Still Life

Personal piece created as part of an abstract floral series. Acrylic and indian ink.

Tropical

Personal piece created as part of an abstract tropical series. Acrylic and indian ink.

Tropical

Personal piece created as part of an abstract tropical series. Acrylic and indian ink.

Tropical

Personal piece created as part of an abstract tropical series. Acrylic and indian ink.

Butterfly

A personal abstract painting — created as part of the 'Butterfly' series.

Butterfly

A personal abstract painting — created as part of the 'Butterfly' series.

Bright Faces

Forming part of a series of faces, Petra illustrates a stylized portrait—rendered with ink & acrylic brush work.

Orange Head

Created as part of a personal portrait series. Rendered in acrylic and indian ink.

Chocolate Head

Created as part of a personal portrait series. Rendered in acrylic and indian ink.

Djuren & Solen (The Animals & The Sun)

Book cover design for Out of Africa by Karen Blixen—a Bonnier classic.

Yellow Turban

Petra creates a modernist acrylic and indian ink illustration. Personal piece as part of a head decoration series.

Three Graces

Petra creates a modernist acrylic and indian ink illustration. Personal piece as part of a portrait series.

Yellow Jewelry

Exploring the themes of beauty and glamor, Petra creates a portrait illustration with brush and indian ink.

Necklace 1

A jewelry inspired painting created with acrylic and indian ink. Part of a series of two.

Peeking Lady

Personal piece created as part of a head decoration series. Rendered in acrylic and indian ink.

Necklace 2

A jewelry inspired painting created with acrylic and indian ink. Part of a series of two.

Jewelry

Exploring the themes of beauty and glamor, Petra creates a portrait illustration with brush and indian ink.

Fragrance

Petra creates artwork for a limited edition series of screen prints. Brush and indian ink.

Hairy Ladies

A beautifully composed portrait illustration—created as part of a series of illustrated faces. Brush and indian ink.

Floral Dream 10

Petra explores the theme of dreaming with intricate pencil line work. Part of the Floral Dreams series.

Floral Dream 15

Intimate pencil drawing exploring the theme of dreaming. Part of the Floral Dreams series.

Falling Lady 17

Pencil drawing exploring the space between a cityscape and nature. Part of the Falling Ladies series.

Rose

Indian ink & brush illustration. Part of a series studying individual flowers.

ROAR

Nature inspired portrait illustration—created as part of a series of illustrated faces. Brush and indian ink.

Sonia Flower

An abstract painting inspired by the designer, Sonia Rykiel. Rendered with brush and indian ink.

Marc Flower

An abstract painting inspired by the designer, Marc Jacobs. Rendered with brush and indian ink.

Confusion

Book cover illustration rendered in cut paper and mixed media—for a series of short novels by Stefan Zweigs. Published by Pushkin Press.

Fear

Book cover illustration rendered in cut paper and mixed media—for a series of short novels by Stefan Zweigs. Published by Pushkin Press.

Burning Secret

Book cover illustration rendered in cut paper and mixed media—for a series of short novels by Stefan Zweigs. Published by Pushkin Press.

Fear 2

Book cover illustration rendered in cut paper and mixed media—for a series of short novels by Stefan Zweigs. Published by Pushkin Press.

Chess

Book cover illustration rendered in cut paper and mixed media—for a series of short novels by Stefan Zweigs. Published by Pushkin Press.

About

Originally from Sweden, Petra Börner is an artist and illustrator based in London. Infused with warmth and bold character, her artful handcrafts and paper-cut creations exude a modernist charm. Petra currently divides her time between commercial commissions and personal artistic pursuits. Her client list includes Vanessa Bruno, Louis Vuitton, V&A, Bally, Aquascutum, Harpers Bazaar, Nippon Vogue, Cos, Elle, Penguin, Random House, Thyren, Bonnier, Ikea, Jamie Oliver, Heal’s, Cacharel, Harper Collins, Jonathan Adler Interiors, Crate & Barrel, and Bloomsbury.

Exhibitions

Petra's work has been exhibited worldwide at The National Portrait Gallery, Claire de Rouen, Design Museum, Outline Editions, Dutch Uncle, Forward Publishing, and Rough Trade in London, Röda Kran and C/O Illustration in Stockholm, and 3331 Arts Chiyoda and Swedish Embassy in Tokyo. 

Publications

Petra and her work have been featured in numerous magazines and publications worldwide including Elle, Wrap Magazine, Elle Interiör, Please!, Spaces, The World of Interiors, Creative Review, Homes & Gardens, Svd, Illusive, Svensk Bokhandel, and Glamour Magazine.