Anne Mair

Born in South Germany, Anne Mair first trained as a make-up artist. She then moved up north to Hamburg to study illustration and design for communication at the HAW. The Hanseatic city feels like home to her now, and she has been working there as a freelance illustrator since 2007.

Finding the special in the everyday characterizes Anne’s working method. – „Suddenly you discover new images and ideas in ordinary surroundings. You just have to let your thoughts run free.“ – That is when her distinctive papercut and collage works emerge, combining analogue and digital techniques.

Anne Mair doesn’t need sketches! First she draws all the different elements separately, she creates structures and surfaces with pencil, then she colours them with ink or acrylics. Every new component is meticulously scanned and archived, and over the years Anne has created a huge pool of archive material. Subsequently everything is put together digitally as new collages or papercut images. – „It’s important to me that everything looks analogue, which is why I use specially scanned, imperfect papers to evoke the characteristic texture of my collages.” – This is how Anne creates a handmade look, even though her illustrations have been created digitally.

Anne loves collaborating with others, creative exchange is very important to her.

She feels positively challenged by her profession. The new online presence for Zestonics, a natural food supplement company, was an exciting project: Anne had to get to grips with an unfamiliar subject and was able to collaborate with an illustrator friend. Together they created a wonderful set of healthcare illustrations. – „It was exciting to develop ideas together and to combine our different techniques, it worked really well.”

Anne is especially proud of her self-initiated book „The Swim Team“, after a short story by Miranda July, not only because her illustrations were nominated for the Young Illustrators Award. – “With this project I had the chance to study the artist and author in depth and was able to develop my own story alongside hers. It was an extraordinary experience.“

In search of different illustration styles Anne Mair would like to tackle food packaging illustration next, preferably for tea. To turn a functional object into something beautiful and inspiring would be a great new challenge!

Born in South Germany, Anne Mair first trained as a make-up artist. She then moved up north to Hamburg to study illustration and design for communication at the HAW. The Hanseatic city feels like home to her now, and she has been working there as a freelance illustrator since 2007.

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