Ann-Christine (Anki) Borja, born 1961, is a textile artisan based in northern Sweden in the valley of Ådalen and he High Coast region. She lived the end of a small farming society, the 1960s and 1970s industrial era of Sweden and came to travel at an early age, mainly to the United States and Mexico.
She studied languages and administration and has worked mainly in the fields of administration and communications as executive assistant, project leader and web editor.
The travels abroad is and has been a constant source of inspiration. Her work bears connotations from the culture, social situation and nature of northern Sweden as well as the countries she has spent time in.
Working with textiles, sewing, knitting and embroidery, has been a part of her life since early age. She grew up in a small village of 20 households in northern Sweden where caring for the family’s resources, collaborating with neighbors and friends was a natural way of life. “Do-it-yourself” and sustainability was a heritage and a way to supply what was needed in daily life, housing, furniture, clothes, toys and food.
The materials are mainly used clothing, recycled textiles, yarn and thread, newspaper, recycled wire and other post-use materials.
The philosophy is still, to make do with what you have, aim for zero consumption and let the material speak. The result may be a mobile case, a shopping bag, a piece of clothing, a sculpture as well as a statement on a social issue or an expression of an emotion.