Repeat, or seamless, patterns are perfect for clothing and various other products. I have a pattern portfolio of mixed styles, as my artistic expression and skillset has grown and developed over the years and changed with me and my interests, travels and also struggles. Here you can view a selection of patterns I created between now and 2015 in a timeline where I share my inspiration and explain my thought-process at the time.
In the end of 2020 I moved from working on my laptop to drawing on iPad and with that transition I went on to create drawings rather than seamless patterns. My art went from being influenced by colorful architecture to vibrant gardens and I felt like everything just fell into place for me.
My inspiration is still very much influenced by Los Angeles, but since I haven't been able to go there since 2019 I collect it from memories, feelings and images I have planted in my head from different moments, and places, around in LA. The 60s and 70s are now my creative aesthetic, since mid 2020, and I'm also heavily influenced by my parent's garden and all the beautiful flowers and vegetation that can be found there.
I started off 2020 by drawing lots of playful and fun shapes but I quickly felt like I got deeper and deeper into a creative rut. Internet culture became more important (read essential) than ever and it was difficult to not be influenced by creators online, in the sense that I couldn't go anywhere to find inspiration and all I could do was scroll Instagram and Pinterest. I was constantly fed other people's work and I couldn't think of anything to do myself.
The first few months of isolation I was illustrating houseplants in pots and vases, and some abstract patterns here and there. I also started to experiment with flowers and tried making a few floral patterns for the first time but other than that I felt like I was just doing what everybody else was doing.
Towards the end of the year I realised that I could search within me and find all that inspiration I had been gathering during all my time in LA. Without even looking at photos I was able to go back to places I had been and pickup the essence of it and recreate it in my own way. And so I created prints and patterns with psychedelic and super trippy palm trees, and I finally felt like I had found something really unique that I wanted to continue with.
I wasn't sure which direction to take my art in 2019 and spent a lot of time being doubtful and trying to find my way with it. I created a library of shapes, and some of them I really liked, but pattern-wise I was uncertain of what to make of them. The palm trees were rather absent this year (only to come back stronger than ever in late 2020) and I made a few patterns but was more into simpler designs, and drawing and painting by hand.
This was also the year I started painting and I was constantly scribbling down shapes in my sketchbook but I didn't end up creating too many patterns digitally. And the ones I made are, in my opinion, kind of all over the place.
I spent a lot of time in Los Angeles in 2018, and during 2019 too (I fell in love not only in LA itself...). My patterns started getting some organic shapes and I was very much influenced by all the colors and shapes around the city. The architecture was so fun and different from back home in Sweden, and I realised I could find inspiration everywhere.
In 2017 I started to use darker colors, such as palettes from the 70s, but still with lots of influences in the 80s and 90s. I was very inspired by Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group but also Art Deco architecture, Postmodernism, terrazzo floors, and the Californian desert, despite the fact that I had never even been there yet.
I graduated from university in June and in September I went to Los Angeles for the first time. I chose to travel by myself to explore this city that I had been wanting to go to for about two years, and gather lots of inspiration. I fell in love with LA, it was just what I expected but also better! Everyone I met was a creative and the whole atmosphere was so inspiring that I extended my stay and changed my ticket back to Sweden not just once, but twice. I just couldn't bring myself to leave.
For some reason I grew a huge interest for Los Angeles and even though I had never been I was making prints and patterns inspired by LA, which worked very well with the retro vibe I already had going on. My patterns then moved on to include more illustrations, and patterns within the patterns, and I drew my first palm trees.
Its was also the year I started getting clients and therefore decided to become my own boss, in my own little company, while studying my BFA. I also became a top-seller on the LA-based print-on-demand-site Society6, selling my designs on all kinds of different products.
I began experimenting with patterns in 2015 and they started out as very generic and simple 80s/90s patterns in light pastel colors.