Stylist, creative consultant, influencer Johanna Ankelhed shares her thoughts on doing what she loves, working hard, keeping an open mind and staying humble. Johanna Ankelhed pursues her dreams and we are very exited to follow her fascinating and fashionable journey.
What is the story behind your choice of career?
You recently worked for Jane Kønig, but you are now working independently as a creative consultant and fashion stylist - How do you like being self-employed?
I’ve always known that I wanted to work in the creative industry, so it wasn’t a conscious choice I made. If I wasn’t working as a stylist/creative consultant, I probably would be working with architecture, interior design or running my own gallery somewhere in upstate New York. There is no clear path or answer to why and how I ended up where I am today. But I believe that curiosity, an open mind, a great deal of hard work and a humble approach will take you a long way.
Being self-employed is the best thing I’ve ever done, but it’s also the greatest and toughest experience of my life. It’s an ongoing process and journey I look forward to very much.
What is it about working creatively that appeals to you?
We live in a world that is constantly becoming innovated with new concepts, ideas and technology. So being able to contribute with my creativity is what makes life fun and interesting for me. It’s what gets me excited when waking up in the morning knowing that everyday is different and that I get to do what I love the most surrounded by great creative minds.
Your instagram profile is a combination of both fashion and interior. In your opinion, how does the two complement each other?
Growing up, interior design was always present as both my parents work within the industry. But it wasn’t until I got older that it truly became an interest and passion of mine. Interior design and fashion really complement each other and I believe that my home reflects what kind of clothes I wear as well. I’ve always said that lamps are the shoes of the interior world so you can imagine I have quite a collection.
How do you manage to balance work and personal life?
It’s a very thin line between my work and my personal life, most often the two gets intertwined. Many of my friends, are acquaintances I’ve developed from working within the industry so naturally the boundaries between work and personal life get smudged quite often. I try to spend time with my family as much as possible, even though it can be difficult at times, as we are all spread out across the world.
From where, what or whom do you seek inspiration?
I find and seek inspiration in everything; it could be in a painting, by visiting a museum, travelling, my friends, interior design, architecture, history and nature.
What are you appreciative of / thankful for on a daily basis?
I’m very grateful that I can do something that I truly love every day and which challenges me to be the best version of myself. That I’m surrounded by people who support me and who allows me to push beyond my limits and above my boundaries.
Which designers or Artists would you recommend us to look into?
I’m weak for the great art giants such as Picasso, Miró, Dalí, Gaudí and Matisse.
For design I’m a huge admirer of the work of Simon Porte Jacquemus, Jonathan Anderson, Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo (this list could go on forever...) and I love Danish design for my home!