Malin Björklund is an artist I have been following since 2009, ever since I fell in love with this memorable wallpaper design she did for Your Wallpaper. It was a treat to finally meet her in person.
Malin had her own space in the Next Step section of the Formex Autumn/Winter 2014 market where she displayed textile patterns she's done for Ljungbergs Factory, kitchenware for Duka, and wallpaper for BoråsTapeter among others. She doesn't manufacture the pieces independently, and wasn't here to draw in her first big clients or resellers like many of the other designers in the section. Rather, the idea was to bring together her work from across different disciplines to be seen as a whole, effectively immersing market-goers like myself in a Malin Björklund ink-painted world of delicate hues and fantasy gardens.
To Malin, it's not surprising that the colorful shapes she makes in ink and water tend to take the form of petals, leaves and vines. They've always been an important part of her upbringing, she told me. When her family members visit each other's homes, they wander around together talking not about the weather or family gossip foremost, but rather about the plants. An appreciation and nurturing of plant life is something that comes as naturally to her as her art.