Johanna Schmal, born in 1982, is a Berlin based creator. She studied architecture in Darmstadt, Barcelona and Berlin, and since finishing university in 2010 works for David Chipperfield Architects. Fascinated by the idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk and the strong relationship between arts and craftsmanship she seeks to cross the borders between architecture, design and art in her personal work. In 2015/16 she studied a postgraduate specialization course in illustration at EINA Barcelona during which she found her way back to an analogue way of creation using techniques such as pencil drawing, aquarelle and collage. Lately she has drawn her hand to fabric and is working on a quilt series that can be seen as a development of her paper work into textile collages adding a haptic materiality and body to the art. What unites her work is a great passion for place and context. These can be scenic, urban, historic or imaginary, unknown or familiar but are always a great source of inspiration to create a very own character that tells a story and connects the work to its setting.