Award winning, Brighton-based Ulrika Jarl is a designer/maker and illustrator specialising in the design and creation of handcrafted lighting, homewares and art prints. Her background is in ceramics and specifically lighting made using bone china and various plastics chosen for their translucent qualities. Influences come largely from patterns and structures of nature, rhythm and repetition of related shapes. Her detailed work captures nature’s perfect structural elements and infinite richness of form, as functional as it is artistic as visual as it is tactile.
Her work first attracted attention when her Romanésco pendant light has was exhibited, with the help of the British Council, around the world, culminating at the Design Museum in 2005. Furniture retailer Habitat also took on this unusual and striking piece the following year. The original design is on display at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Swedish born, Jarl has more recently become known for her illustrations. She has illustrated some of her hometowns most recognisable scenes. The intricate line drawings of urban scenes with splashes of colour usually highlight the greenery in amongst the man-made buildings. Ulrika was recently picked to illustrate The Warren 2017 brochure cover. A well-known festival site during Brighton's Fringe Festival during May.
"I am thrilled to have been picked to create the Warren 2017 brochure cover. It has been such an exciting challenge and the idea grew and changed throughout the whole process, adding more of the acts as the site was coming together."
Another illustration project that Ulrika developed during her time as an MA student at the University of Brighton is the ‘Willow pattern re-interpreted’ is a series of six dinner plates depicting six modern problems facing the planet. ‘Using a famous pattern that evokes recognition and nostalgia draws you in, and it takes a while before you realises that it is unfamiliar and that it is communicating a modern problem. The aim with this series of plates is to make mass-produced “perfect” objects with which we have no connection, special and emotionally durable – turning something mass-produced into something meaningful.’
Private commissions are now being taken, so if you have always wanted an illustration of your house or your street, please get in touch for a quote.
Ulrika also sells through Not On The High Street as Made by Jarl.
PREVIOUS PRESS CLIPPINGS:
Ideal Home 2017
Homes & Gardens March 2011
Good Homes June 2010
Nordisk Interior Jan/Feb 2009
Craft & Design July/Aug 2007
The Guardian Weekend Magazine 30th Dec 2006
Crafts July/Aug 2006
Living Etc April 2006
The Saturday Telegraph 28th Jan 2006
The Guardian 7th Jan 2006
FRAME Magazine Nov/Dec 2005
Elle Decoration Nov 2005
The Independent Sunday Review 20th Nov 2005
Time Out Sep2005
Metro 9th Sep 2005
Vogue March 2005
The Independent Sunday Review 20th Feb 2005
The Times Bricks & Mortar supplement 14th Jan 2005
Icon Oct 2004
Art Review July/Aug 2004
Elle decoration July 2004
Metro 2nd July 2004