I was really honoured and excited to be asked, and I think one of the things that was really exiting was this idea of taking a collection, one that has a lot of meaning here, has a lot of history, a lot of layers in it, taking that and making it of use to artists of today, simply that. How do we make these collections, especially an archival collection like the one of The Friends of Finnish Handicraft – how do you make that live. And that was very clear that that was the ambition.
And the other thing that excited me – it was fairly early on in my Stockholm work – and that meant that the Victoria and Albert Museum where I had been before was still very much in my mind. If you work at the V&A a collection and material like this is very familiar, not because it is textile but because of the design process.
But the content of the collection was completely new. I didn ́t know anything about the historical context, the artists, any of that. So very familiar and not familiar at the same time and I was intrigued by that.