I’m born and raised in a suburb of Swedish capital Stockholm, and since many years now I’m back in my old hoods, leading my life with partner, children and since recently a cat.
As a result of a rather severe accident (never go skating on ice without a helmet!) causing brain bleedings, after months of recovery at hospital, I spent three years at an artschool, Birkagården, as rehabilitation, most of the time with constant headache.
But the misfortune of the accident also happened to be a turning point for me, as I found a new carrier, using my talent from the childhood when I loved drawing and painting.
And despite the fact that I by age could be the mother of most of my classmates, I found soulmates amongst fellow students and teachers that loved expressing themselves as much as I do with pens and pencils. During those years I was often critizised by more austere teachers that I overloaded most of my work, though I still learned a lot of things when it came to chromatics and how to do pattern report. And I came to the conclusion that it is I and noone else that decide when a painting, drawing or pattern is overloaded or not.
Since some years now, this to make patterns and designs has been my livelihood. My partner is helping me taking care of the business part of it, as everything that has to do with numbers is a blind spot for me. Thank God for diverse skills! 🙂
It all started with a drawing: a comment from a friend: ”that would do great on a fabric!”.
And that is still often the way a pattern appears: I draw without intention and try to not limit myself with thoughts about hows and whys and what is possible to repeat and what colours fits together. I just go crazy with details and colours.
My working method is rather time consuming as I draw with very much details. One single drawing can take some 80 hours to finish. But meanwhile I draw, a pattern starts to take form somewhere in the back of my head, and the next step is to pick the raisins from the cake and compose them into a repeatable pattern.
After the drawing is finished, I draw the different parts once more but now one by one separated, so that I can scan them and make the final composition in the computer.