After spending years working abroad in Tokyo, Perugia and New York, Maker, Stina Persson now lives in Stockholm with her three sons, journalist husband and cat.
We asked her about studio life and found that ink stains, a chaotic workspace and a love of true crime podcasts are all in the day of the life of Stina Persson. Take a little tour with us in this edition of CREATIVE SPACES.
First off, where is your studio located and what do you love most about the area?
My studio is located on a forgotten street in an otherwise hip and happening area of Stockholm called SoFo. I love the abundance of coffee shops, thrift stores and boutiques and that it a great place for people watching. I also live in the same area and my kids go to school here which make it all very village like, which I actually love.
How would you describe your personal style when it comes to your studio?
It’s a workplace really and not too stylish. Anything I bring to the office sooner or later gets ink stained. I’d love it to be tidy, but it is always pretty chaotic!
What is your favourite feature of your workspace?
My studio mate Isabelle McAllister painted a Chippendale leather sofa in a dirty pink colour. That sofa makes me smile every day.
What studio essential could you not live without?
Paper and Dr Marten color dyes.
We’ve noticed you love a bit of a boogie from your process videos of painting pop music lyrics. What music do you listen to while working? Tell us the last 3 songs you’ve listened to on your last playlist –if you dare!
The last tunes are all by RABBII, my brother and his girlfriend’s band. But mostly I listen to podcasts such as This American Life, Reply All, The Moth, No Such Thing as a Fish etc.
We love that you use your art to express subjects that are important to you like feminism, human rights and gun control. Have you always been a vocal activist through art?
I have always had a big mouth so maybe yes. And with Trump as the most powerful person i the world we can’t really afford the luxury of not caring, can we?
Artists often spend a lot of time alone due to the nature of their work. Do you have any tips to share with emerging artists on keeping a healthy work balance and social life?
Even though a self employed life lets you work odd hours, I have found it best to work regular office hours as that gives me the same time schedule as friends and family. I also believe in getting a lot done before noon. If you do, you’ll have a good day and will elapse the slippery slope of procrastinating.
What helps you to get out of a creative funk if you can’t leave the office?
Storytelling podcasts. True crime podcast can be great for creativity however twisted that may sound. And just keeping at it. Sooner or later it will get better.
What makes for a well-stocked office kitchen – any favourite snacks that help you during the mid-afternoon slump?
I love food but I don’t snack much at work. At home, ginger cookies are my favourite! My studio mates are better at bringing snacks to work as well as a bottle of prosecco once or twice a week.
And lastly, what would your dream studio look like?
Big! Bright! And kind of raw, so that I could spill paints and not worry. Also big enough to start large scale projects that don’t need stowing away. And preferably sharing this amazing space with 3-6 other creatives… Dream on, right! Also, I want it central as I need to be able to bike to work as I have done enough commuting in my life living in New York and Tokyo.