April 2016 Monki Friends

Meet Sara Andreasson

Here, we get the low-down with artist Sara Andreasson on everyday feminism, inspo, friendship, finding your path and what it means to be a young woman today.


Who are you?

Oh no! I hate this question…

We took it from your magazine! It’s a tough one alright.

I know! I should be able to answer this. Can I get back to it?

Of course! Okay, well then maybe you can tell us a little about what you do?

I usually say that I draw pretty things for money. Because I want to and sometimes people pay me to. I’m really happy that I get to do this as I really like to draw things that define me in a different way. Does that make sense?

As if it helps to you express things that you might struggle to say in words?

Yeah, exactly!

That’s the great thing about art and music. It’s why they’re so important. Has drawing always been important to you?

Yeah. I was that kid. You know the one that’s always drawing? I used to get in trouble for not paying attention but I was I just, you know, needed to draw. I couldn’t not do it.

What did draw?

Princesses. I really loved drawing princesses. Like Princess Jasmine from Aladdin, I was obsessed with drawing her hair. I loved her. Still do!

Yeah, she’s great and super sassy. Did you draw anything else?

I used to draw blueprints of boats. Me and my best friend used to plan on running away together and living on a boat. So I would draw these super detailed plans of a boat including all of the things that we thought we might need be away for a year. !

That’s brilliant! Did you ever tell your parents?

Yeah, they just told us to be home by dinner. But hey! Now I’m going to be living on a boat for a month!

Really? With the same friend?

No, that would’ve been great though!

Well today - now that you’re no longer doodling in class - how do you begin an art project?

It depends on the project but in general I spend most of my time reading on it. Like, when I was at school, if we had 10 weeks to do a project For myself – I tend to read a lot. If it’s a major project then there’s a lot of reading and looking at things – like at school, I spent 9 out of 10 weeks reading and 1 week drawing. For a client it’s kind of the same. I guess I’m a slow thinker but a fast drawer.

What do you try to convey with your art?

Loads of stuff. Well it depends – some are just funny drawings but some are really political. I want to say something about feminism and girls. I try to touch on feminism a lot actually.

What is feminism to you?

Well, to me, it’s about enabling girls and women to be what they want to be. The discussion in feminism can be too academic – but truthfully I think everyone needs to partake in it, otherwise we won’t make a change.

Do you use your friends a lot in your art?

Yes I do. I think it’s just a part of my reality. I think all creative show their reality in one way or another. I know so many awesome girls who are so clever and talented, I can’t help but be inspired by them.


That’s how we feel too! Okay In your opinion, what does it mean to be a young woman today?

We’re the Internet generation, so we can kind of do whatever we want. For example, I know this girl from Gothenburg who’s 18, who got in touch with me because she wanted to work on my magazine Bby. She was really into drawing and music and art and everything. Because of the internet, she began publishing her music online and now she’s playing gigs all over the world, which is crazy as only a few months ago she was in touch with me!
But I think it’s also really cool. The music world, like the art world is quite sexist. You can go to galleries where 90% of the artists on display are male and before you wouldn’t even think of it but now we do because we’re seeing more females producing and spreading their art and I think that’s really important.

Who or what inspires you?

Inspiration is so hard for me – it’s so abstract. I get hung up on things. Like, I was really into ceramics for a while. So I’d go see them in museums search them online and just really got into them. It changes though.
I think, inspiration, like with the ceramics, comes from the joy of making things. When I’m doing assignments, the joy isn’t always there – like being told to make a girl skinnier. But then you see artists and musicians make things without caring about other people’s reactions and I find that inspiring. Sometimes I feel as though I’m really bad at drawing, so looking at things like that reminds me that things can have different qualities they don’t have to be correct. It’s just the joy of making that counts.

Yeah, sometimes we confuse ourselves with the idea that we need to be unique and perfect but that can often stop us. So, what is the best

advice you ever received? A Dutch friend recently told me to work slowly, because then you will work fast. Take it easy, taking it step by step. Oh, this is a work based answer.

That’s okay! It’s still good advice! Who is your favourite Instagrammer?

Hari Nef. For sure.

What is your favourite #tag?

I don’t use hashtags.

Who is part of your dream squad?

I already have one, all of my Bby girls.

What would be your dream squad’s dream day out?

Have all the fun.

How do you start your day?

Coffee and snus.

The illustrations