input from pictures, objekts…
We find a lot of inspiration both in the city and in the countryside. In a skatepark these two melt together as a “man-made landscape”.
Lately we have worked with skateparks – concrete landscapes – in our home town Malmö, a city with a generous approach to skateboarding and which has hosted several international competitions.
Maybe this could be our new family tradition. For the second year, we spent a February week at Akvarellmuseet in Skärhamn. One of those places in the archipelago that is crowded in the summer and very peaceful in the winter. A lot of time for exploring nature and aquarelle, what a delight!
We had the honor to be a part of “No Time to Be Wasted” an exhibition that Marie-Louise Hellgren, HearteartH, created during Stockholm Design Week. We didn’t have the chance to come to Stockholm which made us extra happy to receive these nice pictures shot by Louise Billgert.
Finland and Sweden have much in common but there are also big differences. Especially when it comes to war and peace. Finland is a young nation and we feel that the fighting spirit is still present. Another big difference is the SAUNA that is a part of the daily life in Finland but in Sweden it’s just something that is offered at the public swimming pool.
When we visit Finland it’s always summer, we are off grid more or less all the time and no one is in a hurry. So we can say that our picture of Finland is a bit romanticized. Maybe that’s why our prints based on photos taken over there have a special room in our hearts.
Today we want to say Happy Birthday Suomi Finland !
This is the stool Lilla Snåland, made of leftovers from the classic chair Lilla Åland, together with our interpretation/screenprint on the wall.
Close up of the screenprint.
The triangels on the right is the raw material for Lilla Snåland (and the parts that are removed in the production of Lilla Åland).
The print will be available in the jollygoodshop soon, we are just wating for Marie-Louise to come and sign them first : )
As Marie-Louise have designed lots of nice tea cups during the years and showed her newest at Tent London we started to think about steam. We worked in two days trying to catch steam, it was difficult but fun. Finally we transformed it to a screenprint as well, this is Steam!
Here you can find a press relese about the exhibition Press release (pdf)
The pile of irregular tote bags have grown big, so we were thinking of something to do with them. Maybe turn them into pillow cases? But then we thought of an old print idea that has been in the drawer (or sketch book) for many years.
We have collected small marks for “irregular quality” during the years. The first one’s were found on cheap t-shirts and underwear bought in New York in the 1990’s.
Now we have let them be the main motif on some bags!
The expression ”slightly imperfect” is kind of funny. It sounds humble but at the same time says ”almost perfect”. Like the swedish expression ”Obetydliga skönhetsfel kan förekomma” which means something like ”insignificant beauty imperfections might occur”. And who doesn’t feel like that at times?