Anna Alanko is a Helsinki-based freelance pattern designer, illustrator and self-proclaimed colour enthusiast. Since completing her MA studies in Fashion Design at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, she has been designing surface patterns mainly for Scandinavian and Japanese interior and fashion companies alongside doing illustrations and diverse artistic collaborations involving textile and print. Her work is best described as a playful mixture of organic and graphic, quirky and colourful, dreamy and exuberant.
Alanko works with various mediums from paint to fine art printing to ceramics when sketching for her patterns. This playful and inquisitive way of working allows her to constantly discover interesting textures, accidental shapes and unexpected rhythms for her work. In her illustrations she mixes contrasting patterns together with traditional collage techniques and digital manipulation to depict dreamy landscapes and surreal sceneries.