Artists under Lockdown / Sophie Rowley
A New Zealand textile designer at home in Berlin.
The Design Edit (TDE): How are you keeping busy in self-isolation?
Sophie Rowley (SR): I am working on ideas – it is good to have time to focus. Fortunately, I am able to split my time in Berlin between working from home and days in my studio. I have finished some pieces to be shown at Side Gallery in Barcelona, textile pieces, working on different designs and patterns.
TDE: Everyone’s pace of life has slowed down considerably; what is the impact of this new rhythm on your work and home life?
SR: I think it is a good time to reconnect, to think through what one is doing and why – at a slower pace. I have been on the phone a lot – but, basically, it has been fine for me.
TDE: Do you have a favourite self-isolation recipe to share with us?
SR: I made some home-made muesli from a recipe of my mother. I have never done this before. With fresh milk, it reminds me of my family.
TDE: What is saving your sanity under lockdown?
SR: Perhaps it is cooking. That is quite relaxing for me. I cannot go out to restaurants, so I have recently spent more time in the supermarket choosing ingredients and then cooking.
TDE: Which online exhibition/gallery viewing room, or other internet offerings have caught your eye?
SR: In fact I decided not to go on Instagram too much. You can waste a lot of time there. So I have tried deliberately not to use these common platforms.