Ulla-stina wikander born 1957 and raised in gothenburg. She is currently living in kullavik/ stockholm, sweden and has been working as an artist since 1986.
For more than 10 years she has been collecting cross stitch embroidery. She now has a big collection with over 100 different designs. These embroideries have been made by women and is often seen as kitch and regarded pretty worthless. Those beautiful and vintage embroidery are coming back to life!
In 2012 she started to cover ordinary household items from the 70s, like a vacuum cleaner, sewing machine, electric mixer etc. She finds it interesting to see how these objects transforms in a new context; the obsolete, the things we do not want any longer, the old and forgotten things. They become artefacts from a begone era, disguised, camouflaged and dressed. She gives them a second life and although she cuts the embroideries into pieces.
She visits flea markets and vintage stores to find cross stitch embroidery and the objects she wants to work with. Some of the small objects, like an iron or a phone take me a day or two to make, but the bigger installations takes weeks to finish.
Over the last few years she has been invited to different exhibitions.