An Interview with Ulla-Stina Wikander:
FG: How did you get started doing what you do?
UW: 15 years ago, I had built up a large collection of cross-stitch embroidery, without having any specific ideas about what to do with them. I started collecting the embroidery when I worked at the Göteborg Opera as a prop decorator/attribute maker.
During those years, I often visited flea markets to buy props for the various Opera performances and came across the embroidery. After upholstering some chair seats and mirror frames, I started thinking about dressing in something much less expected and apart objects. There and then the idea was born to dress up my old broken vacuum cleaner. The objects I work with are usually from the 70s. I started buying and working with household appliances/items linked to female unpaid domestic work, but I have also dressed sports equipment and tools.
FG: How would you describe your art today?
UW: I would say that I am still quite alone in working this way. To dress completely ordinary 70s objects in embroidery. I am constantly developing my work by taking on new objects and installations.
FG: What's your inspiration?
UW: I have no particular inspiration but I like the Swedish artist Peter Johansson very much.
FG: What wouldn’t you do without?
UW: I wouldn´t do without my sauna and my winter bath.
FG: What do you need to feel happy?
UW: I need good relations with family and friends to feel happy and time to work in my studio.
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