Mialotta Arvidsson-Mars is the Swedish designer behind two of our most loved designs, BJÖRKDUNGEN and SKOGSBRYN. Both designs are of silver birches, beautiful trees with white trunks that are special to most Scandinavians. 
 
  How was your interest in textile design born?

Mialotta:  I have always loved drawing and painting, and I think it’s in my genes. My grandfather, Halvdan Arvidsson, was the founder of Arvidssons Textil in 1949. Then my father and uncle took over the business which is now run by Per Stenman, my cousin. Another cousin is also working in the business and my brother as well.

I grew up next to the textile factory and would often visit Dad at work. When I was 18 I started working there and was taught textile design in house.
 
  Please tell us about the designs BJÖRKDUNGEN and SKOGSBRYN.

Mialotta:  I love nature and keep collecting pictures of beautiful nature scenes. BJÖRKDUNGEN was inspired from one of those pictures. I was trying to create a depth in the pattern. A colleague of mine suggested I add a bird to the design, a wag tail, but not too many. Another colleague suggested a monochorome graphic design of the silver birches which is how the work on SKOGSBRYN started.
 
  What are you currently working wiith?

Mialotta:  At the moment I am working on a new design with monstrera plants and small black panthers, combining a nature theme with fantasy.
 
  Who is your favourite Scandinavian designer?

Mialotta:  There are so many designers I rate very highly. Stig Lindberg, Lotta Kühlhorn, Hanna Werning, Louise Videlyck och Björk-Forth are all great textile designers.  The painter Carl Larsson, and children's book illustrators Sven Nordquict, Ilon Wikland, Elsa Beskow and Tove Jansson have always been a source of inspiration for me.
 
   Tell us something more about yourself?

Mialotta:  I am trying to lead a quiet life close to nature, which is a challenge sometimes with three children (13, 10 and 4 years old).  My family live on a small farm and we have a few cows, two cats, two rabbits, a mouse and a fish tank. I love what I do and feel gratitude every day that my work is my passion. If I can contribute, in small way, to make this world a brighter place and maybe bring joy into someone’s life, that makes me very happy!