I am a graduate of University of Brighton where I have studied BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion with Professional Experience for four years. My chosen specialism is knitted textiles / knitwear but I have previously studied pattern cutting, screen printing and dyeing as well as weaving.
I come form Sweden and was raised in Kiruna, the northernmost town of the country situated a couple of hours north of the polar circle. I think craft and the "do it yourself" attitude is very present in Swedish culture, and I grew up in home made clothes. So making your own clothes never seemed to be such an odd thing to do. From when my mother gave me my first sewing machine at age eight, I was making clothes for myself and for others, and through various courses in weaving, printing and pattern cutting, I realised you can actually work with this!
My inspiration comes from Scandinavian design and craft as well as traditional crafts from all over the world. I love colour and texture and exploring how craft from all the corners of the world always have something in common. There might be different techniques and materials used, but we all create out of necessity, self expression and in a need to improve our surroundings.
I am also very inspired by the countless generations of creating textiles and clothes; for what purpose and what techniques have been used. There will always be a need for clothes, and I love creating something that is to be used, that people wear and would want to pass down to the next generation. I think that the textile crafts (as so many other crafts) need to be appreciated and taught, especially in our society with cheap and fast fashion. If we loose the knowledge of how our garments are made, how long it takes and who makes them, then we loose a part of our heritage and self sufficiency.
I want to keep making. I want to keep knitting and sewing and printing and weaving. Of course, there is only so many hours of the day, so for now I am looking into knitting swatches and products to be sold.