What gets you out of bed in the morning these days?
Coffee? Just kidding! Bike rides, papercutting and writing. Oh, and the coffee.
What’s on your summer bucket list right now?
I am doing a residency at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island in August which I am really looking forward to, and in July, I’ll do some kind of a bike trip in the Northwest, but I haven’t planned it yet so not sure exactly where/what it will be. But lots of coffee outside, that’s for sure! And I have a bag full of onion skins that I have been saving forever to do some natural dyeing with. So I am hoping it’s going to be a summer of a lot of creative projects and adventures.
Current source of inspiration?
Getting up early in the morning and getting half and hour to an hour of creative time in before starting on anything else. Usually that means I catch the sunrise too, and I’m a morning person, so I love that feeling at the start of the day when it’s quiet and anything feels possible.
What are you a beginner at right now, or trying for the first time?
This is going to sound so cliche, but I really do feel like with anything that I do - whether it’s something that I am comfortable with or not - that I am always learning. It's also because I am a generalist, and am juggling a lot of things all the time, never commit to just one of them. I try to remember that everything is an ongoing process, perfection doesn’t exist. Which of course is always easier said than done.
What is helping you keep it together? Any saving routines?
If I didn’t have a regular rotation of yoga and cycling I probably totally would have lost it by now. Also this.
Favorite brand in the Wylder shop?
What is at the top of your spotify, ‘recently played?’ Or, favorite current music?
What’s interesting is that more and more I have found that I need silence to write and do papercuts; I think my brain craves stillness. So that means for most of the day I don’t have anything playing. But if I’m really in a mood to crank, and I need pump up music, my go to is the Magic Tapes by The Magician, a DJ out of Belgium. And then on weekends, there is usually some swing music or Ella Fitzgerald playing on vinyl.
Who is inspiring you right now? Why?
The women in Afghan Cycles. This is a film directed by my friend Sarah Menzies that I have been working on for the last five years. It’s the story of women cyclists in Afghanistan, and these women are courageous and incredible. Every single time I get on a bicycle, I am thankful for the right to ride, and conscious to not take that freedom for granted.
If you’ve ever been profoundly changed by a landscape, which one, and why?
There are two places in the world that I feel incredible closely connected to: the Pacific Northwest and Sweden. I feel physically attached to these two places, and when I am in them I feel that in a very visceral way. The same goes for when I am far away; I haven’t been back to Sweden for a couple of years and I miss it on a daily basis. Both places are a part of my core, part of who I am. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and spent many summers of my childhood in Sweden, and it’s probably not so surprising that I feel such a close connection to both of them, because in terms of climate and environment, they share many similarities.
Are you an activist? If so, what are you fighting for and why?
I never thought of myself as an activist until a friend of mine said, “most of what you do relates to a message.” We tend to think of activism in terms of big actions, but everyday our actions show who we are and what we believe in. So I try to live my life as a daily activist, being intentional about even the small things. That means everything fro riding my bicycle instead of taking the car, standing up for women’s issues, to creating art that inspires people and gets them to think.
Follow Anna HERE
In early 2016, an email pinged into my inbox with an unusual subject line: Children’s Book. “I hope you don’t...