Three Artists – In a 3D world

Johan Carpner originally trained and worked as a graphic designer before the birth of his son helped guide him towards his current style. He describes his inspiration as “wilderness in nature”, the tangle of plants growing and the eventual beauty that grows from the tangled mess – Bringing order into chaos.


His lamps create a magical sense of looking up, out of the forrest, I can almost imagine the reflections on walls and floors as the twisting of the stems moves you from home to the forrest.


Nina Jobs seems to have an incredible ability to create a 3D look with 2D imagery.


She works with a variety of skilled professions to create products loved by both architects, interior designers and consumers. My favourite product has to be the carafe.


The glass ball shaped lid fits under the carafe to create a whole new way of looking at the product.

My final designer of the three, Angel Chang, integrates clothing with electronics and intelligent dyes. Her thermochromatic dyes that she weaves into fabric brings new life and colour when worn or breathed upon.


I’ve been looking at adding electronics to textiles for some time, and am currently working on adding an MP3 player to a hoodie (just waiting for some parts to arrive and I can put it together) but Angel’s work takes e-textiles to a whole new style. Several people have managed the music in a hoodie project, but she does it with a style that is attractive to a whole new consumer, not just the nerdy geek!


Hope you enjoy these three designers.

Johan Carpner images from

Nina Jobs images from

Angel Chang images from

Published by bettyvirago

Betty Virago is an award winning textile designer. Based in Yorkshire, England, and known for her Northern Folk dolls and the Quilts of Hope project.

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