artist and ceramicist.
since i was little, i have been crafting and drawing a lot. during the last years of compulsory school, i was completely uninterested in these things. but when i was around 15, my interest for images started to grow slowly in combination with my interest for music. when i was 13-14 years old, i received a great interest in music, i started to play in a band and created my own music. the music of some great bands actually turned my life, especially the band bright eyes (from nebraska, usa). the disc envelope lifted or the story is in the soil, keep your ear to the ground were filled with illustrations, carved into linoleum. it was the most beautiful i’ve ever seen!
i could listen to the album and scroll through the small booklet with the lyrics and pictures for hours. thus i came to start making my own images, illustrate moods and dreams. me and my mum took the train to stockholm and bought linoleums, tools, paints and rollers. the motifs were focused mainly on the longing for love. i created series of linoleum cuts under the theme isma and the lighthouse. the images were influenced by the music and lyrics of bright eyes. i created an imaginary person called isma and a place where he lived.
nyckelviken. it is a general art education, including one craft year and then one year with a focus on graphic design and illustration. then i started on konstfack, university college of arts, crafts and design in stockholm, and that is the place where i am studying right now.
at the end of this spring, i will take my degree in graphic design & illustration. this week i will start on my bachelor project which will run all weeks during spring. it will be presented in may at the school exhibition. time has gone quickly. i have experienced a lot during these years. it’s really wonderful to spend your days by thinking on and working with art.
opal in sweden. it’s called birre, where are you? and it is about a little puppy dog who gets lost in the big dark forest, where he meets adventures.
the illustrations are done in acrylic paint. it was very fun to make them, and it was actually the first time i painted with acryl. almost always when i start with something new, i am very delighted and this happened when i worked with birre, where are you?.
when i wrote the book about birre, i started with the illustrations. the inspiration for it comes in large parts from my delight in dogs. when i was ten years old, there was nothing i dreamed of as much as getting a dog. i nag and nag and could not think of anything else than dogs. so one day, the parents said: yes! so a little puppy dog (a miniature schnauzer) named ruffa moved to us.
one approach that i’ve worked a lot with during the last few years is to cut in paper. i think it is fantastic. i love to get focused and fiddle with the scalpel. i usually listen to lots of audio books and radio-documentaries when i am working. i like to work undisturbed, but also to have people close around me. at school i have found a small computer room next to the kitchen where i sit all by myself. but it is wonderful when meeting other people at lunch or at coffee breaks.
next time i will start a book project, i will probably try to have a clearer picture of the narrative and the plot, and then start sketching the illustrations. the birre-project was great fun, but also very hard to work with. i’ve probably dropped a lot of tears during my work time.