Design Seminars

The Design Seminars aim to introduce contemporary research and professional work within the field of design, art, media, music and more.

The series of lectures present perspectives of artistic research, textile and fashion design profession, methodologies and practices – with outlooks to the history and theories of art, architecture, philosophy and design.

The design seminars targets MA students in fashion and textile design but are included in courses also for PhD students in fashion and textile design as well as for BA students in textile design. The lectures are open to all teachers and students at the Swedish School of Textiles. If you are not a student or teacher at the Swedish School of Textiles you are probably welcome – but due to lack of space please mail and announce Åsa Haggren and Emma Fälth just in case. Please have a look at Kronox to get the latest update.

For suggestions and questions about the seminars, contact Åsa Haggren or Emma Fälth.
See you in the Gallery!

Location and time

When: Tuesdays at 13:00-14:30 

Where: The Gallery - ground floor and close to the entrance of Textile Fashion Center, Skaraborgsvägen 3, Borås.

Program, spring 2017

17 January - Stefan Eklund

Stefan Eklund is a literary critic and editor-in-chief at Borås Tidning. He has formerly worked as head of the cultural section, both at Borås Tidning and Svenska Dagbladet, He started his journalistic career as a sport journalist, mainly focused on football.
Stefan Eklund will lecture about the relationship between author, the text and the reader and how it has changed through the history of literature.

31 January - Nawar Kadi

Nawar Kadi will lecture about Aleppo's textile industry and textile history. Aleppo has been a center for textiles in Syria, and Nawar Kadi's family has been involved in the textile industry since generations back. Until august 2016 Nawar Kadi continued his work as professor and researcher within the University of Aleppo, but in september 2016 he came to Sweden and has since then worked at the Swedish School of Textiles.

7 February - Petter Hellsing

Petter Hellsing likes to create a tension between the safe and the distressing. Through dislocations and relocations of motifs and shapes, domestic textiles turn into a mysterious map of memories and social rituals.In a number of exhibitions and public works, Petter Hellsing has also explored the relationship between manual work and digital technology, as well as the possibilities of artistic work to collect and pass on stories.
Petter Hellsing was educated at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design Stockholm, Sculpture department. More information about Petter.

21 February - Klas Nyberg

The Genesis and transition of Ready-to-Wear in Sweden since 1750
The rise of  today’s high street fashion retailers must be understood against the background of the social and financial transformation of the textile and clothing industry since early modern time. This development has been characterized by the abolition of the 18th century guild system and the rise of ready-made clothing in the 19th century, the 20th century industrialization of the garment industry and finally the most recent transition towards a global mass-market with progressively more affordable clothes.

7 March - Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran, designer and PhD Candidate at Bunka Gakuen University, Tokyo

Kamiko: Paper clothing
About the shifting meanings and uses of paper in Japan – elucidating its use for clothing (kamiko).

14 March - CLOT magazine

CLOTmag, Meritxell Rosell and Lula Criado. The lecture will focus on how they curate the CLOTmagazine and how they explored the collaboration with ASOVFF, a shade of fashion film festival, curated by Diane Pernet, this year on wearable technologies.

CLOT Magazine is an online curatorial platform dedicated to art explorations into science and technology. Curated and edited by Meritxell Rosell and Lula Criado. Founded and based in London, CLOT Magazine curates intellectual content, generates debate and creates new frontiers of exploration by researching trends in areas of: biomedia, biodesign, body architectures and cyborgs, bio-robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR), sound art, computing art, kinetics, synthetic biology among others. They cover from artists, innovators, and influencers to thinkers, writers, curators and scientists. More information about CLOT

21 March - Second nature, film about biomimicry

Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul.

The core idea is that nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. After billions of years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival.

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