Why did you choose to be an artist/designer? I feel that art has chosen me instead of me choosing it. It's always been a part of myself and the world around me. I cannot even imagine a life where I wouldn't be able to be creative.
What medium do you work in? I work in a variety of mediums. My main focus is in traditional art such as painting, drawing and printing. I also work with wooly crafts (i.e. my little creatures that are connected to an illustrated book that I am currently working on), and of course my pixel (hama bead) creations which contain my love for retro and modern video games.
What's your background, have you always been an artist/designer? My parents and brother have always supported my love for the creative. It's rare not to see me with a notebook somewhere since my childhood. In my twenties I moved to the south of Sweden to complete my two year foundation course at Lund's Konst och Design Skola. After 6 and a half years I moved to Edinburgh and I have studied at Leith school of Art for four years and then been part of Wasp's studio practice ever since. I've been a self employed artist for almost 3 years now and there's nothing I would rather do.
How has your practice changed over time? I like to think that my art practice grew with me over time. The messages and thoughts are still the same but the way I express them have become more refined and in-depth.
How and when did you started creating? This one is a tough one to answer for I cannot remember not creating something. (I was always the kid that would draw all over paper mats in restaurants, to hanging around on a tree pretending to be a dragon, or carving little wooden creatures. Creativity takes a lot of shapes and forms of expression, which I all enjoy in different ways.
How would you describe your creations? My paintings and personal projects lean into the mysterious, in search of figures, Rorschach ink blots, the presence and absence of a person. While my crafts lean more into the playful, magical and fantastical. Meanwhile my pixel creations lean heavily into nostalgia while remembering my childhood.
What inspires you? Anything and everything. I've always had a deep-set love and fascination with nature and our solar system. I find most of my inspiration with the change of light and colour. Twilight and dusk. The passage of time and the subtle brilliance in spiritual and physical alchemy.
Where do you show / sell your art? I sell and show my art at SDX as well as over on my official website, instagram and facebook. There are plans in place to expand to various platforms in the near future. Before 2020 I could be found at a variety of art and crafts markets as well as conventions throughout Scotland.
Do you think art can have an impact in the local community?
Absolutely! What's this cheesy yet true statement? Earth without Art is just Eh. I strongly feel that we all need and enjoy art and creativity. From listening to music, to enjoying a picture, reading a fantastic book, experiencing a theatre play, a well crafted movie/series/video game. It all brings moods that we all deal with and helps and/or guides us through our lives. The companionship alone is invaluable. Who are your biggest influences? Personally I carry my main three muses always with me. They have changed faces, people, moods and sensations over the years but they all lean towards and complete each other. In the most simplest terms I regard them as the three primary colours. Yellow, Blue and Red.
Which current art do you think is having an impact in the world right now?
There is a huge amount of art out there that moves and impacts in different ways. I feel, especially for the year we are living in, that raising awareness is one of the most powerful. (i.e. BLM, mental health awareness to name but a few.) What difference has working with SDX made to your business?
SDX enabled me to take the plunge and become a self employed artist. I've met so many wonderful people over the years. A kind word goes a long way. So thank you!
Thank you to Christine Atira Pauly at Spoonseeker for participating in our blog. You can find a variety of her work in our Edinburgh & Glasgow SDX shops!