One of my strongest childhood memories is my three sisters and I, sitting around our large wooden kitchen table filled with prototypes, paint samples, wood samples and blueprints, listening to our father, enthusiastically going on and on about the importance of design and “form-giving” as we say in Sweden, trying to teach us to think independently and to seek the beauty in creativity.
When I founded KajsaK in May of 2013, I began business designing craft tutorials for a UK publication. I was asked to become commissioning editor of my very own publication, Scandinavian Makes, and then approached by Octopus, to write Nordicana. Released in May of 2015, it is translated into German, Polish and even Korean. It is a beautiful book, filled with illustrations from the talented Grace Helmer.
As soon as I had put the pen down on Nordicana in 2014, my proposal for a Nordic sewing book was accepted by CICO Books in September 2015, Sew Scandinavian was ready, filled with 35 lovely Scandinavian projects, memories and ideas. Sew Scandinavian was nominated for Best Craft Book by HomeMaker Magazine in 2016.
I regularly receive commissions from Prima Magazine, Prima Makes, Pretty Patches, Simply Sewing and Home Maker Magazine. My KajsaK designs are for sale in USA, UK, Ireland and Japan, and I have received commissions to design exclusive pattern ranges for both Fota Island Golf Resort and Louis Mulcahy Pottery in Ireland. I am also in discussions with both Ballymaloe Cookery School and Borris House, the grand and stunning country house hotel.
I draw heartfelt inspiration from both my Scandinavian heritage and my love for the Irish traditions, and I have developed two textile ranges, using symbols individual to both cultures, which I then turn in to beautiful interior items.