Annika was Outside In's Artist of the Month in March 2014

I have been on the back side of the moon since the day of my birth and have lived in psychosis until I was forty. I therefore was a mental patient for many years, until a met a skilled therapist who worked with me for six years. I was then liberated from psychosis. During many years I was writing, mainly poetry, and this was my only rescue in all years. Ten years ago I discovered free embroidery, and since then I have been in love with this medium of expression. I have made a distance education from the Swedish Embroidery Guild (Broderiakademin) and it took me six years of work. I have had some exhibitions in Sweden and Finland. My latest was in Candyland, Stockholm,with the motto "Poetry in yarn." Because of my health problem, I have been very much outside society, but I have been working for 22 years as a free spirit and an activist in the national movement of users and survivors of psychiatry (RSMH). Today I have a stitching group for survivors, hoping that they may feel better, and they really do. I consider myself as an survivor with a very good quality of life.

Comments

15/02/2015

Despo

Great work! Love it!!

All the best, Despo

15/02/2015

Despo

Great work! Love it!!

All the best, Despo

25/10/2014

Eva Carlmark

With all my love to you.

25/10/2014

Eva Carlmark

With all my love to you.

15/03/2014

Thanks for sharing your wonderful & stunning work & story, it's very inspiring. Love & Light

07/03/2014

Vivi-Mari Carpelan

Hello,

it's beautiful work and a candid story! Just stopping by to say hello - I'm Swedish speaking, assuming you're too? I came here from Finland in 2010. Best wishes to you! Vivi-Mari

07/03/2014

Maria Kuipers

I find your work extremely beautiful, fascinating and mysterious. It is so unique and I love textiles with a difference!

Thank you for being brave and open about your personal story which touched me - and I think your recent breakthrough with that gifted therapist is amazing, and meant just for you!!

I would like to encourage you to keep going with the making of those great pieces of art and to develop your ideas even further. I hope your art work enriches you as much as it does me, and many people I am sure.

Maria

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