Illustration: Annu Kilpelainen is digging out the tropical in our drab urban landscape

31 July 2013

Claiming the brief burst of sunshine that follows months of London’s torrential rain as her inspiration (ah, aren’t we all?) Finnish illustrator Annu Kilpelainen makes work that pulls vibrant patterns from otherwise drab urban landscapes, and abstracts them into images so tropical they look like you could wring a piña colada out of them. Her way with colours, juxtaposing thick brights with the intricate detail of a woven shopping bag, is a proper visual treat that only those longing for summer in a bipolar climate can properly understand. Stare at these for too long and before you know it you’ll have dived into the nearest American Apparel and emerged dripping in floral prints ready for a Caribbean street party. Just make sure you bring a brolly so your colours don’t run.


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Maisie Skidmore

Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 as an intern before joining full time as an Assistant Editor. Maisie left It’s Nice That in July 2015.

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