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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.

Trinity with Rihanna

I went to Liljewalchs Spring Salon the other week, and the only piece I really fell for was this tribute to friendship and fanship; a trinity of the artist herself, Liv Melin (four times portrayed), Rihanna (three times portrayed) and the artist’s friend Nellie (three times portrayed). Ten figures. And on that note I just want to say, happy birthday Rihanna, with you love is always on the brain <3

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

Monica Ainley is a creative consultant, fashion writer and co-host of podcast “Fashion: no filter”. Based in Paris. Find her here.

1

I have a soft spot for the Obamas and it’s not just political. Their sense of humour, way of life, and marriage have inspired me since Obama’s glorious speech at the 2004 DNC convention. Boy do those two know how to speak meaningfully, and without airs, too.

I love this photo of a little stolen moment between the couple, captured by Pete Souza at the Inaugural Ball in 2009, at the height of the careers they’d built together. If this is cheese, it’s a fine one in season.

Obama family by Pete Souza at the Inaugural Ball, 2009. Found here.

2

Cass Bird is probably my favourite fashion photographer working today. Her photos are so clean, unfussy, and don’t take themselves too seriously. I also love her treatment of the female body. Sensual without the vaguest hint of objectification. Her subjects have strength, contageous playfulness and generally brim with personality. I’m a particular fan of this series of Bird’s friend, the model and activist Andreea Diaconu, inexplicably playing around in a lobster bib, clearly having a hilarious time with Bird and looking not dissimilar to a feisty crustacean herself.

Andreea Diaconu by Cass Bird, 2015. Found here.

3

I may be biased but there are few places as beautiful as my homeland in the fall. This painting by one of Canada’s greatest artists captures the blustery, moody feel on the lakes and bright colours exactly the way I remember them from childhood.

Red maple, Canoe Lake by Tom Thomson, 1916. Found here.

Dreams with Nicole

What’s on your mind right now:
– Romance.

Who’s visual expression makes you feel overwhelmed?
– I love the French new wave in cinema and particularly Eric Rohmer because of the beautiful scenery and the way that he dives into relationships. He focuses less on what people do and more on what people feel when doing it, which I love!

Where do you turn to online for inspiration?
– I like to see something that is ”put together” as a whole. A book, magazine, exhibition or a play with scenography and music. The internet is so fragmented, so for me it works the best if I know exactly what I’m looking for, if not I can get kind of lost. I mostly use online inspirational research for my work and in that case Google is perfectly fine.

What do you dream about?
– Being more spontaneous.

What piece of writing opened your eyes?
– Might sound corny but I’m currently re-visiting Eckhart Tolle… He describes that we as human beings have an ”illusory sense of self” that he also calls the ”ego” which comes from an unconscious identification with our thoughts, memories, accumulated pain from the past, material belongings and physical appearance.
He suggests that there is a deeper level of existence when we are free from this self-identification and experience an awareness of the now. This notion of separating our thoughts about ourselves from our true self was kind of eye-opening for me.

What’s your relationship with time like?
– It feels like there is an internal clock and an external one and they do not always necessarily match.

Who would you would love to work with? 
– I would love to work with someone who has a completely different point of view or subject matter than my own. A documentary photographer from Magnum perhaps? I think it would be interesting to search for talent in different fields of creativity and not only use fashion photographers for fashion and so on.

What’s your preferred space?
– It could be anywhere really, with someone I love or at home in the bath tub if I’m by myself.

Do you feel a sense of belonging in your field as a creative? How?
– As an art director, I think that sense of belonging is very much a magic that happens in some constellations. I love to be part of a group of people that can inspire each other in working towards a mutual goal.

What makes you excited about work?
– Feeling that you can do something serious with a sense of ease and feeling challenged and inspired at the same time.

Name a defining moment in your life.
– Becoming a mother… And (nothing to do with the previous) understanding that if you underestimate yourself, the risk is that other people will do too.

What’s the biggest risk of your life?
– No idea, which makes me think that perhaps it’s not yet taken?

Credits

Nicole Kärnell is an art director based in Stockholm, follow her here.
Photographed by Pauline Suzor at the Space Matters office in Stockholm January 2018.

Dreams with Winona

What’s on your mind right now?
– Coffee, always coffee.

Who’s visual expression make you feel overwhelmed?
– Björk.

What’s your relationship with time like?
– There’s not enough of it.

Where do you turn to online for inspiration?
Google… hah. Well, it depends. I’m a big pinterest and instagram junkie like everyone else these days. And I also love to search for old movies and have them in the background as I write songs.

What do you dream about?
– The future. I’m so damn exited (and scared) to share my music with the world.

What piece of writing opened your eyes?
– 
“Hey, that’s no way to say Goodbye” by Leonard Cohen. I grew up listening to this song constantly on repeat in my childhood home.

What’s your preferred space?
– Places where I feel creative and inspired to write new chapters in my life. It could be anywhere really. An interesting conversation with someone, an empty beach somewhere, warm beds, beautiful views, my lil island where I grew up, on the road, coffee shops, etc etc

Do you feel a sense of belonging in your field as a creative? How?
– Yeah. Being creative colors everything in my life, the way I think and how I see things. It’s a part of who I am.

Name a defining moment in your life.
– When I traveled alone to the other side of the earth for the first time.

What’s the biggest risk of your life?
– To take the people I love for granted.

Credits

Winona Oak is a musician based in Los Angeles, follow her here.
Photographed by Pauline Suzor at the Space Matters office in Stockholm January 2018

Dreams with Helin

What’s on your mind right now:
– ”The only thing that I know is that I know nothing”. This quote from Socrates is constantly on repeat in my head.

Who’s visual expression makes you feel overwhelmed?
– LSD world peace on instagram.

Where do you turn to online for inspiration?
– The world wide web is the limit!
I’m a heavy Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr user.

What do you dream about?
– I’m dreaming and longing for when I’m able to master each part in the creative process by myself. I get really frustrated when I can’t fulfill or complete my ideas by my own.

What piece of writing opened your eyes?
I think my sister Dimen is truly amazing when it comes to writing. Her choice of words and the dramaturgy is strong and powerful.
There’s been a time now where I have found it difficult to read, but her pieces is always easy to get caught up in. There’s a flow in her way of writing mixed with poetic words that’s always straight forward, she’s never hiding.
She doesn’t leave anything unsaid either it’s a script, a poem or a random text. She’s honest and true in what she’s doing and for that I admire her.

What’s your preferred space?
– The sauna.

What’s your relationship with time like?
I’m trying not to be controlled by time. Observing myself in relation to time I’ve notice that the past is just a vague memory, the present is hard to perceive and the future is my constant goal.
I understand that being in the future isn’t a sustainable path but where I am is not who I am. Learning how to accept time is also how I learn to accept my own process in life.

What makes you excited about work?
– I get really excited finding new inspiring people. That’s why I really like my work.

Who would you would love to work with?
– The ultimate dream would be to work with people that I’ve discovered myself or maybe working with creative people that doesn’t have a big influence yet, but soon to come.
Then there’s of course a lot of amazing creators out there that has already made a name of themselves that could be amazing to work with, but I haven’t really decided of who and why.
If I have to namedrop a few it’s pretty obvious that it would be Harley Weir and Oliver Hadlee Pearch when it comes to fashion photography and Jacquemus when it comes to fashion design, I absolutely LOVE him.

What’s the biggest risk of your life?
– To truly trust in myself and my intuition.

Credits

Helin Honung is a casting director, follow her here.
Photographed by Pauline Suzor at the Space Matters office in Stockholm december 2017