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It’s time to introduce this week’s meet the maker…. artist and designer Johanne Teigen Scarves.

From her studio in Oslo, artist and designer Johanne Teigen brings the hypernatural texture, vivid hues and flowing forms of her artworks to life in an evolving accessories collection. 

For our latest instalment in our meet the maker series, we spoke with Johanne about her practice and her beautiful accessories sold at not just a shop. Keep reading to discover more!

What attracted you to your craft? 

I had to make an economical choice for 2 years. It made me unable to create artwork at the same pace, so I started Johanne Teigen Scarves. This made it possible for me to still work with art, whilst developing my art practice. I could still work with photographs, but now wear my art too!

What does your typical day look like?

A typical day in my life varies from work as a health care worker and as an artist. I would start my day around 8 am. When working as an artist I start by planning my day, and I make sure to do what’s most urgent first. A goal for me is always have 3 hours of intensive work, if there is nothing major on the agenda. When covid-19 came and gyms closed, I started Yoga with Adriene. Now there is not one day without a session with her.

When you’re not working / studying what do you enjoy doing? 

Having long mornings, drinking coffee and scrolling SoMe.  

Does your product have an environmental focus / does it support the circular economy?

My products are digitally printed on fabrics such as cotton, silk and wool. Recently, I have created scrunchies out of recycled polyester.  I believe in having fewer items, therefore I only do limited editions. Furthermore, a scarf or a scrunchie can be worn in many different ways, which means that you do not need a lot of clothing as long as you have the perfect accessory to accompany your outfit. 

What is the USP (unique selling point) for your products?

Abstract aesthetics, vivid colours and full of texture 

Where do you find / source your inspiration for designs?

My process starts by me taking quick photographs of a non-place. Non-places are without any particular identity characteristics, history or relationships, a place set out to take us further. The images go through a process of digital reduction and distortion and then are digitally printed on textiles such as cotton, silk and wool.  

Please can you provide a little more info on how your interest in design started and developed? 

As my art practice also contains folding in the process of making an art work. It became a continuous development with scarves as the material.  

Do you have any favourite items in the collection? 

I must say Tide from the pocket square and the Morning Journey scrunchies. Tide gives the opportunity of variety. It is perfect for those who like to be creative in their way of styling their outfits. Morning Journey scrunchies have a soothing, warm autumn feeling over them.  

How would you summarise your collection is a few words? 

Playful, colourful and unique.

What are your hopes for the future / where would you like to take your design career / collection? 

That I develop skills in entrepreneurship and design, so that Johanne Teigen Scarves can become something I could live off.  

We hope you have enjoyed our second instalment of meet the maker! It was lovely chatting with Johanne and you can find all her accessories here.

Don’t forget to check back next week to meet another maker! In the meantime, make sure to follow us over on Instagram to keep up to date with all things not just a shop.