I am an art and design creator who is passionate about ecological existence and I have chosen to start this blog as a window of what I create related to eco design as I am combining my artistic ability with ecological thinking. However this is not a blog about ecological food, health and beauty even though I think that is important too, but as that is not my expertise I will leave that to other people who know far more about those topics than I do.
Well, I do buy ecological food and products as far as possible but I am not a full-blown vegan or anything like that. I believe that whilst considering environmental issue you should not have to compromise style but be offered ecological designs within all categories with ease. Moreover, as consumers we all have a responsibility despite the fact that we can’t change the world; because as an individual you can change what you do! – but for that we need options and I am hoping that Eco Design Umea will be part of providing options in order to promote ecological consumption related to chic events such as party’s and weddings, decoration, textile, clothes, kids and art display -or what ever else comes to my mind.
Initially I trained and worked as a fashion and textile designer, however with the insight of the dirty fashion industry I developed my work towards art; -as it is the artistic expression and creativity I am really passionate about. I have spent 20 years of my life abroad, living mainly in London, UK, but also in Barcelona for 5 years. During my years in Spain I stumbled upon a company who manufactured puppets and marionettes whom I ended up working with for several years whilst having my own art studio at the same time. As recession hit Spain my partner moved back to London to set up a restaurant and I joined him a year later, just to find out I was pregnant! So with the onset of starting a family I thought I needed to find something more stable to do (financially) which still allowed me to be creative, so I did a PGCE at the Institute of Education and started teaching art & design.
The idea of education I think is very important, (even though I don’t always agree with traditional methods) however I suppose what I am intending to do here is a combination of education with art & design, as for me ecological knowledge is something we all need to learn more about in order to improve our society and art & design is a great tool to express and communicate as well as explore new ideas and products.
So to cut a long story short, I now have two children and have recently moved back to my native country Sweden; am still teaching but also making my own work which I’m hoping to do more and more of as the girls grow older. At the moment I am looking to find a studio space here in the north as the flat is getting very cramped with the making and the girls, and ideally I would like to have more time and attention for my own work, lets see… -will keep you posted!