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Dreams with Mikaela

What’s on your mind right now?
Miink’s “Who Are You?” (Spotify it!).

Who’s visual expression makes you feel overwhelmed?
I’m obsessed with Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. First Episode, 13 minutes in, you get to see visuals of parallel universes – that gives me goosebumps!

What do you dream about?
Falling in love.

What’s your relationship with time like?
I believe in a multiverse and have a theory that we travel between parallell universes subconsciously.
I imagine that this happens when sleeping or daydreaming, and that it takes less than one second to commute to a (slightly) different version of me – far, far away.
I don’t want time to end, and worry about this a lot, trying to figure out possible explanations of eternal life and endless worlds.

What’s your preferred space?
By the ocean, a hot summer day in the Swedish Archipelago. Magic.

Who would you love to work with?
I believe that you don’t have to search on the other side of the globe to find brilliant minds. I love to work with individuals living right here in Stockholm. Especially the younger generation, as they are the future.

Do you feel a sense of belonging in your field as a creative?
I do. But this haven’t always been a given fact for me. When growing up I didn’t think that I had a creative mind and thought I was going to spend my life working 9 to 5 or doing something similar to what my parents do. So, becoming a stylist isn’t something I’ve always dreamt about. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else.

What makes you excited about work?
Working with women.

Name a defining moment in your life.
When I decided to study fashion. Dad <3 helped me apply for a program he found on Södertörn University, only hours beofre the application closed.
On my first day I met a new friend, Emilia, who gave me a push in the right direction, telling me about a stylist course that resulted in my first job as a stylist assistant. A few years later that led to an interview at STYLEBY Magazine and I started working for Columbine Smille.

What’s the biggest risk of your life?
I guess the only thing I risk is my relationships as I give work related things too much space in my mind. Sometimes I get too caught up in work that I forget to check on the ones I love. It breaks my heart thinking about all the times I’ve been absent on the phone when talking to someone that means the world to me. Like my mom.

Credits

Mikaela Hållén is an stylist based in Stockholm, follow her here.
Photographed by Pauline Suzor at the Space Matters office in Stockholm February 2018.