Jansdotter: Finding Inspiring Patterns in the Everyday
Check out the work of artist Lotta Jansdotter, whose designs emerge from her Scandinavian heritage. She works out of her studio and shop in the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn, where she designs and sells fabric by the yard, household furnishings, candles, kitchen textiles, melamine, baby carriers, and many other items. She also holds workshops to share her craft a few times a year; these workshops take place in Brooklyn, Mexico, Tokyo, and Áland, where she spent much of her childhood. In addition, she blogs about her work here: http://jansdotter.com/blog/.
Julie has been a fan of Jansdotter for a long time. Jansdotter’s designs are a mixture of the pragmatic and urban elegance. Her whimsical, organic, brightly colored patterns end up on textiles, stationary, housewares, and more, and she has collaborated with companies such as Land of Nod (the Crate & Barrel’s children’s line), The New Yorker, and Eileen Fisher. She has also published books about her work, such as Lotta Jansdotter’s Handmade Living: A Fresh Take on Scandinavian Style. In a blog interview, Jansdotter reveals that she quit school to begin her own company in 1996, and her style was inspired by summers with her family in Scandinavia. She has always hand-designed her work, not relying on computer programming but allowing the unique movements and character of work done by hand to characterize her style (Hjalt, 2014). Hand drawn patterns result in projects that are, as Jansdotter revealed to blogger Lisa Hjalt, “imperfectly perfect,” showing the reality of embodied design and work.
Hjalt, L. (2014, March 19). “A Talk With Designer Lotta Jansdotter.” [Interview].