*one note before beginning: the photos seen here throughout the interview are three i asked elisabeth to pick from her body of work.*
hunt / gather: you work with so many different forms of art, and yet seemlessly intertwine them in ways never seen before. how does this come to you?
hg: there is a certain element of playfulness in your work. where does this come from?
hg: what is inspiring you now when you go to work? are there any new artists and or blogs coming up you're enjoying?
ed: What I'm inspired of is constantly changing. Right now I like to look into magazines and crafting books from the 50's. I have been very drawn to old black and white photographs too for some reason. A couple of names that are relatively new for me and who's work I find very inspiring is: Rosemarie Auberson, Trui Chielens, Ana Maraž, Renilde de Peuter, Claire Loder, and Jeanette Besmer. I'm also very impressed and inspired by such young talents like you Jenna. (hg note: i blushed here, a lot.) I mean 17 years old with that eye and feeling for art and photographing, wow. Other young great photographers I recently discovered: 17 year old nikolinelr, and 14 year old Anna Amphigorously.
hg: you've said always that a summer cottage and opening a vintage shop have been your dreams. is there anything else you dream about?
ed: I wish I will be able to continue being together with my family as much as I can, and that I can continue work with something creative. I believe I'm living my dream right now. The only thing missing is that summer house ;)
hg: there is surely a clean look to your design, but also many vintage and scandinavian elements. how does your swedish heritage influence you? how do thrifted and vintage items inspire you?
ed: I like a worn feeling on items and when it feels like an item has a story in it. I like to fantasize around them and to put them into "new" contexts. That is something I really enjoy - to mix stuff with different styles and from different eras. One of the most enjoyable things I know is to stroll around in second hand stores and at flea markets. How swedish heritage influences me is not easy to say, but I believe I'm pretty strongly influenced by swedish folk art. That is something I find inspiring and interesting anyway.
hg: a favourite question to ask, if you were a song, which song would you be? why?
ed: That is a fun queation. Maybe the a capella song by American folk singer Almeda Riddle "I love my little rooster" (appears in the cult film "Gummo"). I love the tone in that song. It's funny, weird and nice sounding. And I really like that sweet lady Almeda's amazing way to sing. Oh how I wish I could sing like that when I'm old (older)! Here's another nice clip with her.thank you to the completely wonderful and talented elisabeth! be sure to visit fine little day, fine little shop, lula, and studio violet to see more of her inspiring world.