I sat down (virtually) with Emma Ström, an adventurous, bold and energetic woman who has a knack for always landing on her feet. You know those people who go in knowing they have no plan / solution but always find a good outcome? I met Emma when she flocked to Mallorca on a whim post a long term relationship breakdown with no real plan on where she would sleep, what she would do and how long she'd be here for! Did I mention she didn't even know anyone here? Didn't matter, she quickly became part of the furniture. Like me, she met Vera Edwards via instagram and in turn I met Emma at one of Vera's famous Paella Parties! Next minute, Emma is over for dinner at our Casa in the coming days, and we had a painting party in our studio where she painted us the most spectacular figurative femme form that I now hang proudly in our living room (featured at the end).
Here's what we chatted about, on this occasion...
WHO: Emma Josefina Margareta Ström .
CURRENT LOCATION: Stockholm, Sweden.
RESTAURANT: Reggev Hummus.
STORE: Röda Korset.
BEACH: Långholmen Strand.
CREATIVES: Håkan Hellström (musician and creative soul).
STAR SIGN: Taurus.
BEST PLACE TO TRAVEL: USA.
MOST PRIZED POSSESSION: My van! For sure.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Small dishes of many things, aubergine, BUTTER, tomatoes and apples. Did I say I have a hard time deciding?
WHO YOU'RE MOST INSPIRED BY: My mother, she is a huge inspiration when it comes to creating anything out of anything, seeing the possibilities in any situation. Very brave and beautiful.
WHAT YOU DO: I’m an multiartist working with paintings, sculptures, music and visuals. I also love interior design and styling, and am the creator of Artflow Workshop and Sisterwood Music & Arts festival in Stockholm.
THE DEFINING MOMENT THAT LED YOU TO BE AN ARTIST: I got the swine flu and were in bed for two weeks, when I could start moving a little bit I started drawing, and as my mind had been on lock down in my body for a long time my imagination was going all over the place. Soon I realized I was quite good at drawing, and then it just took off with friends and their friends wanting to buy my things and giving it to their friends.
WHEN YOU'RE NOT CREATING, YOU ARE: Listening to podcasts, drinking coffee in my kitchen. And then moving furniture around.
IF YOU WEREN'T AN ARTIST, YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN: Interior designer, Etnographic Researcher and photographer, Creative Director of a cool brand working with artists, B&B host, or film director... A creative for sure.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN YOUR CAREER: Understanding to push through the creative process... It led me to stress and burn out until I realized how to handle and canalize my energy.