Is luxury found in the outrageously expensive, or is it found in unique objects treasured as carriers of distant memories and aspiring dreams? We were overwhelmed by Johanna Törnqvist’s unique handicraft and stylish neck ribbons that were shown at one of Sweden’s most renowned museums, the Röhsska Museum of Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts in Gothenburg. For Design House Stockholm, Johanna has designed bracelets on the same theme, telling stories from the past and the present.
“I browsed through my grandmother’s boxes and bags filled with scraps: ribbons, braids, threads, lacework, saved but never reused odd textile cut-offs from curtains, bedclothes and all types of garments. I was amazed by this treasure of tiny little snippets, and decided to make small fashion items out of them.”
Johanna once studied fashion in Paris, a career she soon abandoned in favor of ceramics, but now she is back on track again, only differently, experimenting with a mix of different materials and styles.
“I enjoy hunting through second-hand and vintage stores for pins, textiles and plastics that I can recycle in my projects. My pieces can appear beautiful at a first glance, or they can allude to something more distant, even provocative.”