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    Sofia Tufvasson

    Sofia Tufvasson

    1. Where were you born and where are you from ?

    I was born in Sweden/Stockholm and I am very fond of my country with its fantastic proximity to nature.

    2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?

    I remember my enormous fascination with a Marc Chagall exhibition at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1982 when I was 8 years old. But I have always loved creating in different materials so it has always been present during my upbringing.

    3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?

    Yes, I knew early on that I want to work with something creative and first trained as a graphic designer which I worked with for many years before I chose to switch to clay as a material to give myself several dimensions to express my ideas

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    It has been a natural calling, even if I didn’t know from the beginning which material I would end up working in.

    5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?

    There is a lot of sketching and testing in my studio, which leads to different ideas that I work on further or not, its a process that keeps going and has to be challenged. The inspiration i find in everyday life such as a cut out from a magazine, something in nature or shapes in architectural buildings

    6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?

    I often have several artworks that I work on in parallel as they are in different drying processes, but also to challenge myself not to do the same thing all the time but to test test and new new variations in my design language

    7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?

    I have worked in many different materials such as silver, wood, but clay has always been a part throughout the years. A material that fascinates and frustrates me as there is a complexity in the clay, but its endless possibilities meant that the choice ended up there and that I could develop my ideas best in this material

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    I build my works of art in stoneware clay, sometimes freehand sometimes with the help of shapes that I have made on the potter’s wheel

    9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?

    I think the best thing is to get to know the material and to try, try and try again to finally land on your unique idiom in your art.

    10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?

    It would be ART NOUVEAU mostly because it is a style that appeals to me and that I feel inspired by. My own art, I want it to be able to fit into any style or era, I want it to be timeless in its form

    11. What designers have influenced you ?

    I am inspired a lot by architecture and organic forms, an artist I appreciate is Holma af Klint and her large abstract paintings

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    Bea Szenfeld, Stockholm-based artist whose medium is paper. She creates amazing things, including clothes that can be seen more as works of art

    13. What contemporary artists (in any kind of art) have you been inspired by ?

    I don’t have a particular favourite, but like to look at architecture and furniture design, which often leads me to Danish design often from the 50s

    14. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?

    “To capture a movement” that is what i try to do in all my art works

    Proust Questionnaire with very short answers (one or a few words) :
    (The Proust Questionnaire is a set of questions answered by the French writer Marcel Proust. Other historical figures who have answered confession albums are Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Cézanne…)

    1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

    When people around me are happy that brings me joy

    2. What is your greatest fear?

    Illness and death

    3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

    Must be my annoyance to other drivers while driving

    4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

    People that are false and superficial

    5. Which living person do you most admire?

    My husband

    6. What is your greatest extravagance?

    My new studio

    7. What is your current state of mind?

    To let things take time with out frustration

    8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

    New Years resolution

    9. What is the quality you most like in a man ?

    To make me feel secure

    10. What is the quality you most like in a woman ?


    11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    Perfect and great

    12. Which talent would you most like to have?

    no fear of giving a speech

    13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    stop thinking about worst case scenarios.

    14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    My 4 daughters

    15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

    Maybe it could be an eagle

    16. Where would you most like to live?

    Italy or New York for a while but I love Sweden

    17. What is your most treasured possession?

    I’m very happy for my summer house in the Swedish archipelago, that has been a dream for a very long time to have our one place

    18. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?


    19. What is your favorite occupation?

    To be creative

    20. What is your most marked characteristic?

    I can see potential art in everything

    21. What do you most value in your friends?

    That they are genuinely nice people

    22. Who are your favorite writers?

    I don’t really have a favorite, my goal is to read more at the moment

    23. Who is your hero of fiction?


    24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    25. Who are your heroes in real life?

    My family

    26. What are your favorite names?

    Mira, Vera, Siri and Rut (the name of my daughters)

    27. What is it that you most dislike?


    28. What is your greatest regret?

    That I didn’t stay longer in Australia when I was there in my youth

    29. How would you like to die?

    In my sleep without pain at an old age

    30. What is your motto?

    Get it done!

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