Gunila Axén may be a veteran in textile design, but still she works as hard as ever, creating new patterns and new exhibitions. Axén makes her print by hand in a magnificent studio in Stockholm. Her garden is her constant inspiration. A broken hose suddenly splashes water everywhere and there it is: a new pattern. The photo shoot was over when suddenly my picture-of-the-year presented itself; a reflection of the artist in her printing frame. ‘Stop! Stop right there!’ I shouted and ran for the camera again. It’s never over.

Gunila Axén may be a veteran in textile design, but still she works as hard as ever, creating new patterns and new exhibitions. Axén makes her print by hand in a magnificent studio in Stockholm. Her garden is her constant inspiration. A broken hose suddenly splashes water everywhere and there it is: a new pattern. The photo shoot was over when suddenly my picture-of-the-year presented itself; a reflection of the artist in her printing frame. ‘Stop! Stop right there!’ I shouted and ran for the camera again. It’s never over.