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Anna
Westerlund
Portugal
based in Lisbon . Portugal
ceramist

I am a ceramist and mother of 4 so I live my life doing my best to balance between my work that is my passion and my beautiful family that is my life.

Anna Westerlund por Projeto Curadoria
// Which media do you use to express yourself?

I work mostly with clay but I love to mix different materials, textiles, jewelry beads, etc.

// What is your biggest motivation to create? What inspires you?

I love to hear stories about successful women, that inspires me a lot. Each day I take time to look at pictures, to read, to go trough blogs even if it´s just for 10minutes. My biggest motivation is to think that If I could make people a tiny bit more happy just because they can surround themselves with objects that are special, making their day more beautiful, that would make me so happy and fulfilled. I do believe that objects that are made with love can bring joy to daily life.

Anna Westerlund por Projeto Curadoria
// What is your creative process like?

I create two collections each year,  that helps me to organize all my ideas. I tend to write down new ideas all the time, so when I start a new collection I look at all the drawings, I select new colours, new fabrics, I choose a new place to shoot and all this helps me to create and choose the mood of the collection.

Anna Westerlund por Projeto Curadoria
Anna Westerlund por Projeto Curadoria
// What do you do in your daily routine to help maintain creativity?

Keeping my eyes open and a big heart.

// What are you favorite works or projects that you have done? What was the motive?

I do like big important projects like the collection I did for Anthropologie as much as I like the special order I get from someone that wants to surprise a loved one.

// Have you had a decisive moment in your career? How did this influence your trajectory?

Yes, the first time I decided to hire someone to work with me, it was the only way I had to grow.

Anna Westerlund por Projeto Curadoria
Anna Westerlund por Projeto Curadoria
// Who are your influences, inspirations, or preferred artists? How do they reflect in your own work?

I do follow the work of many artists but I have a special feeling about Tricia Guild don´t know why but since I was a young age that I admire her a lot, secretly wishing to grow up and have my own “designers Guild” one day.

Anna Westerlund por Projeto Curadoria
Anna Westerlund por Projeto Curadoria
// Do you think there still exists a bias in relation to women's free expression? Do you feel this in your work?

To be honest I don´t feel that at all, but I am lucky as I live in Europe where these rights of free expression are conquered.

Anna Westerlund por Projeto Curadoria
Anna Westerlund por Projeto Curadoria
// What makes you happy?

I am really thankful for what I have, I love my work, I have a happy family so I have a smile on my face all day long. I do enjoy the simple things in life so just being around with my family at the end of the day sharing our experiences is the best!

Anna Westerlund por Projeto Curadoria
Anna Westerlund por Projeto Curadoria
// What tips could you give to other women to help them bring their creations into reality?

That dreams don´t work unless you do, this is a thought that I have always on my head. If you have the passion for your work and if you believe in it, with hard work everything can happen.

// Do you have a new project in the works?

I am currently working on a new website, that will have a new philosophy behind it and new work that I think you will not expect, like jewelry and other things.

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