Has texiles always been a part of your life?
My grandmother used to knit clothes for my toys while my mother sewed clothes and dance costumes for my shows. As a teenager, I designed and sewed my own clothes. So yes, textiles has always been part of my everyday life. Later on, it was embroidery that stole my heart, followed by weaving.
Where do you find your motivation?
The queer community and Norrbotten’s nature are the two things that give me strength, purpose, meaning in life – I would say. Everything and everyone have the right to be whoever they are and to love whoever they love.
©Ida Isak Westerberg
How is your work sustainable?
For me, ‘well made’ means something that is intended to last and is easy to mend, in case it is damaged or worn. It's also about having a profound knowledge of the whole process and a production that is low impact on the ecosystem.
What do you find fascinating about weaving textiles?
I love the fact that, when you start working, it's almost impossible to predict how the finished product will look like. There are so many different steps involved within weaving that even a small detail can make the difference, strongly impacting the result.