Naja Conrad Hansen
ILLUSTRATOR/DESIGNER WITH PASSION FOR STYLE AND FASHION
Naja Conrad-Hansen is a designer and artist who lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. She was born in Copenhagen to a Finnish mother and Danish father, and has lived in many places including Finland, Greece and Egypt. She graduated in 2003 with an MA in Visual communication and a background in fine art and began her profession as a freelance designer and artist. Her practice embraces illustration, painting, graphic design, art direction, and the making of silk-screen prints. She has worked on projects ranging from Max Mara to the solid perfume Filth, as well as an award-winning children's book. Her works have been included in a wide variety of fashion/graphic magazines and books. She also designs prints and pattern designs for different clothing labels including limited edition prints for her own brand Meannorth. She was nominated and selected for " 200 best illustrators worldwide" 2007/2008 and again in 2009/20010, by Lürzer's Archive.
Greatest inspirations or influences? Inspirations comes equally from the worlds of fashion, hardcore music, and traditional art and design and my own general observation of the world. I like to feel free and I think I can feel a bit of freedom from the normal everyday world when I work. Favorite artists? Too many to mention, but here are a few: Otto Dix, Saul Bass, Gerhard Ricther, Barbara Kruger, Paolo Roversi, Lacroix, Helena Schjerfbeck, Ellen von Unwerth plus many more and my mother
Favorite websites? Oh I’m a big time surfer I have millions , but I have to admit that youtube has gotten a lot of my time lately.
Favorite cultural city? Calcutta
What would be a dream project for you? I can’t say that there is only 1 project that would be a dream one. I believe that things happen when you are ready and I always want to make something new and different when I have finished a project. But my dream is to touch someone who sees my work and hopefully inspire people. And the ultimate dream would be to make something as beautiful as John Lennon’s song imagine as a picture of course. If that happened I would never lift a pen again… you may say I’m a dreamer…lalalaaa…but I’m not the only one.