Higher Seminars

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

The Higher Seminars consist of lectures around the field of design. Some of the lectures are given by researchers and designers close to home. Others are external to present different methods, know-how and to give insight to discussions across a wide range of issues facing the industry, from sustainability and the human cost of supply chains to opportunities and development in technology.

Throughout the years, a number of seminars have been presented, gathering big thinkers, entrepreneurs and inspiring people who shape the field of arts and design. At times, seminars are interdisciplinary giving the opportunity to cross examine, question and contribute to the development of our own specific fields.

The Higher Seminars primarily target The Swedish School of Textiles' PhD, master and bachelor students of fashion and textile design. However, they are also open and available to all, meaning that anyone can come and listen. If you are not a student or teacher at The Swedish School of Textiles and interested in joining in a seminar, please contact seminar coordinator Saina Koohnavard in advance.

Below, is the schedule for upcoming seminars.

Location and time

When: Tuesdays, even weeks at 13:00-14:30
Where: The Gallery (T154) - ground floor and close to the entrance of Textile Fashion Center, Skaraborgsvägen 3, Borås.


3 October - Yuko Watanabe

Lecturer Yuko Watanabe is The Swedish School of Textiles' new Artist-in-Residence from Bunka Gakuen University. Her seminar will focus around traditional Japanese textiles and garments; their history and source of inspiration for many artists and designers throughout the years.

The seminar will also focus on the current challenges and issues of textile production of today; issues that Watanabe suggests original and traditional methods could help solve. By visiting traditional textile producers in Japan, Watanabe has researched methods of applying traditional textiles to contemporary design.

17 October - Moa Kärnstrand and Tobias Andersson Åkerblom

In the western world, there is often a discussion of democratisation of fashion, of how the cheaper clothing lines make it possible for all people to dress fashionably. The latest trends are available to customers in a rapid speed. Yet, there is a downside to the clothing industry. In 2013, the worst industrial incident of our time occurred killing 1129 people when a clothing factory collapsed in Dhaka. Since then, the process for change has gone slow. Even today, life-threatening factories, deadly poisons and child labour are discovered. How can this go on?

Journalists Moa Kärnstrand and Tobias Andersson Åkerblom study the post-war clothing industries in Sweden, from Borås to low-wage countries in Asia, to tell the story of the people who pay the true price of cheap fashion. Their book Modeslavar is the story of an industry with much to hide. The truth behind the large clothing companies is exposed as well as the consequences of a business model that aims to chase the world's lowest prices. In addition to that, Kärnstrand and Andersson Åkerblom give examples of fashion companies striving for change with ideas about what a sustainable clothing industry of the future could entail.

Note! Room: C203 (Balder) Time: 14:00-16:30

31 October - Malin Bobeck

My work revolves around exploring new ways of interaction. Through my interactive, light emitting textile installations I invite people to experience new environments and ways of interaction.

I weave textiles with a combination of traditional textile material, optical fiber and conductive yarn. To make them come alive I connect them to micro computers, LEDs and sensors.

I use my textiles as a base to build unknown worlds that let you escape the reality for a while.

My process reaches from concept building, interaction design and constructing the textile to the physical building of the installation.

During my talk at Swedish School of Textiles I will present the path I took after I graduated in 2014. I will showcase some of my work and go through the current project I’m working on. I will share the points I found most important in being brave enough to do your own thing and my best tips on how to do it.

Go to Malin Bobecks website.

14 November - Hanna Wittrock

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28 November - Omforma

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12 December - Prof. Clemens Thornquist

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8 January - Erik Gustafsson

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23 January - Prof. Delia Dumitrescu

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20 March - Ida Klamborn

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