Who I am and what I do
I am a Textile designer with an MA from Designschool Kolding Denmark. After an internship at Faro Disegni in Rome, and the final exams, I set up my own studio in Denmark and specialize in surface design & screen printing. My current wallpaper collections are called Wall Decoration and Meta One.
By means of so called hybrids, it is possible to combine 2 different repeat patterns and this is what makes Wall Decoration so special. Meta One takes it’s starting point from Wall Decoration but consists of border patterns. Both Wall Decoration and Meta One are produced in Denmark in a traditional wallpaper factory with rotary print.
Other projects: Home Run – wallpaper+carpet for an exhibition; Art Council Denmark – decoration in offices; Ministry of Culture Denmark – decoration in entrance hall; DesignerShip.com – bed linen and pillows; Prego – scarfs. Current project: exterior decoration/pattern on the building of trollbeads.com.
How I workA typical process of a new project would go like this. Enhance theme visually with photos, sketches, colours, words. Then more hand-drawings on patterns/object. Scan into computer and work on drawing in illustrator/photoshop. Print out and work again with hand-drawing and/or any kind of technique like collage, cut, water colour, silk screen, etc. After each drawing session I evaluate and take out 1 or 2 drawings and continue the same procedure with them - in and out of computer - to get a complex and personal look.
What inspires me
I love small collections of objects that compliment each other in colour, surface, print, functionality, retro versus modern, etc... All kinds of visual stimulation, everything that surrounds me, beautiful things, atmospheres: The Moment. I have many “look” books that - depending on the current project - give me different inspiration. If I see something interesting, I take a photo and keep it in my sketch books, which also are used for drawings and collectings of all kinds. So in essence, I’m always looking for inspiration.
But if I’m working on a project I’m working more systematically from starting point to finished product. Then I go through all my source material to see if anything is useful. I also keep updated on new trends via internet and magazines - of course about interior design, but since everything is reflected by and connected with everything else, I also follow general world news.
My design philosophy
I consider my work partly artistic. Artistic in the way that the creations are based on research and a long, long process.To make interesting products, I find it nessessary to know the origins of the traditional craft, i.e. textile craft in different historical periods. To make it contemporary, the use of new technologies is interesting. The contrast between new and old. Often mass-productions don’t have the feeling and detail of quality. A good quality design is to me a product that lasts: you can look at it and keep seeing new details.
My stylistic influences
Danish architect Arne Jacobsen has made some very nice printed fabrics; I like Charley Harper for his simple and colourful drawings; Rex Ray for his naive shapes and happy colours; Banksy street art for his obvious way to see things and continue the story and make his statement. Marcel Wanders is also interesting for his conceptual products. In general, I like contemporary design and art forms that have some kind of reflection or tie-in to the past.
My future goals and ambitions
I’m considering the possibility of moving to New Zealand for a year. I’ll make sure I have creative space and fill up on inspiration for new products - such as a new wallpaper collection, and interior/exterior projects or exhibitions that can also lead to new products.
My likes and dislikes
Well, family takes first place on the list of things I like. I am a very happy wife mother and my kids are the best experience I ever had. On the professional side, I find that the time at the beginning of a project is the most fun – when everything is possible!