Previous Seminars


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.

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.

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.


8 November - Johannes Heldén

Poet, visual artist, musician. Born 1978, lives and works in Stockholm. Author of twelve books, most recently Astroecology (2016) which was published simultaneously in three languages and made into an interdisciplinary performance at the The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and a digital artwork published by Bonniers Konsthall. Recipient of Swedens biggest art prize, the Åke Andrén fellowship, in 2015. The Evolution project won the inaugural N.Katherine Hayles prize in 2014. 

15 November - ArcInTex Ph.D students

22 November - Jenny Lee

Jenny Lee’s interests lies in the intersection of design, science 
and technology. Her projects are speculative in nature, using fictional scenarios and design probes to elicit critical debate and discussion around the social, ethical and environmental implications of how we choose to utilise science and technology to craft a better tomorrow. Jenny Lee describes herself as a ‘Material Activist’ using materiality and design as her tools to provoke meaningful public engagement in questioning mankind’s role in the preservation of our future environments.

29 November - Kumi Kavaji Edström


13 December - Annie-Locke Scherer, PhD student, KTH, Stockholm
Architect, maker, designer and fabricator. With a background in robotic fabrication and computational design in architecture, she has a special interest in geometry, parametric patterns, and fabrication. Annie-Locke Scherers licentiate research  focuses on the integration of computational design with fabric formwork, parametric smocking, and concrete.


19 JAN: Johannes Egler NB! 9:00-10:30 

 FASHION CREATION & VISION MEETS THE MARKET & BUSINESS: how to convert vision into product and develop it efficiently. It is about reconceiving the idea of the business side of fashion by developing cultural and creative skills on one side, economic and managerial on the other. 

Johannes Egler is a designer, Project Manager and Professor for Fashion-Design and Merchandising at Polimoda. Specialized in training of creative thinking, design development and collection planning. Implementing Merchandising and Business strategies to the full process from research, drawing, pattern making to the industrialization of the product.

Experience in different areas of the fashion market: as designer, consultant merchandiser in designer brands as well as fast fashion enterprises and retail business, characterize him as a versatile creative practitioner and strategic visionary. Designer of own Premium Women’s Apparel Collection since 2001


3 Nov: Oscar Tomico

10 Nov: Clemens Thornquist 

17 Nov: Riikka Talman 

24 Nov: Merima Bruncevic
Lecture based on her research on access to art and the legal concept of the cultural commons related to textile and fashion industry. 

1 Dec: No seminar

8 Dec: Elisabet Yanagisawa Aven
Grasping the Matter – On the Principle of Affect and Sense Knowledge: Conatus means ‘desire’ or ‘appetite’. Desire is the foundation for development and creation. How does the principle of affect operate? And in what way can we develop our ability to be sensitive for the matter? The new materialism is about matter as force and speed. It is measured by intensity. No matter is safe; it is a new order of the things. By valuing matter in new ways, we form a new community, based on the senses and intuition. This is a lecture on Spinoza’s philosophy of conatus and the principle of affect, which Gilles Deleuze further explored and developed by creating a new nomenclature. In this lecture I also make an orientation in the field of new materialism by introducing the thinking of Isabelle Stengers based on Alfred North Whitehead.

Elisabet Yanagisawa, is a doctoral student at HDK, the faculty of design at University of Gothenburg, 2009, and is currently working on the last part of her thesis on the philosophy of matter and senses, a comparative study between Eastern and Western aesthetics. She has an academic education in art, aesthetics, philosophy and interdisciplinary artistic studies. She has been employed as lecturer in fashion/costume at Konstfack, Stockholm, and was responsible for the BA level at the faculty of Textile. She stared her education at Beckman’s School, fashion design. Between 1993-2000 she run a production company Elisabet Yanagisawa AB, produced fashion collections for an international market. Today she is working interdisciplinary in the fields of art, design and philosophy.

15 Dec: Ricarda Bigolin


20 January: Lars Hallnäs
Our professor, Lars Hallnäs, will share thought (and tones) on artistic research in general, and his approach to it in particular.

27 January: Todd Nicewonger
Todd Nicewonger is an anthropologist who specializes in apprenticeship models of learning in the applied arts, the cultural production of expertise, and moral dimensions of creativity in design education. He received his doctorate in Applied Anthropology from Columbia University and is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Gothenburg. He will give a lecture called: Volume, Balance and Atmosphere: Exploring the Language Practices of Make
In this lecture I draw on fifteen months of ethnographic research among apprenticing fashion designers to explore the relationship between materiality, expertise, and language. This will involve first reflecting on my interests in studying the embodied practices of makers, followed by an analysis of how specific discourses, like volume, balance, and atmosphere, are used by fashion designers to translate design sketches into material forms. In doing so through this presentation I seek to not only explore the relationship between language and design, but also raise critical questions about how these processes reflect wider social concerns about creativity and knowledge production, more generally.

3 February: Dr. Nimish Biloria
 Dr. Nimish Biloria, is active at Design Genesis and Hyperbody at Delft university  The Swedish School of Textiles is engaging in a new research project called ArcInTex and the research of Dr Biloria gives an example on how such research could be carried out. 
10 February: Katarina Elvén
Katarina Elvén, photographer and artist, will give a lecture on the rhetoric included in a format.
17 February: Barbara Jensen
NB! TIME AND PLACE: 14:00 at the Museum of Textile History (Textilmuseet)

Barbara Jansen will give the participants at the design seminar a pre-view on her exhibition at the Textile museum, and share some reflections on the role of the physical display within artistic research. The design seminar starts at 14h at the entrance of the Museum of Textile History. 

24 February: Akane Moriyama.
Akane MoriyamaWith her background of textile and architecture, she works to create unique quality in space by crossing over both fields. Since her first commission of  A Curtain for O House (architect: Hideyuki Nakayama) in 2009, she has been working for variety of design commissions and art installations.Akane Moriyama will give a lecture on the interaction of textiles in architecture.


7 Oct
Zuzana Sebeková, Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia: The evolving role of the designer, in research and industry. 

In my PhD. project I am dealing with the changing role a textile designer/artist plays in the society's transforming industrial production. An understanding of this role is important not only for designers/artists themselves and the future shape of our industrial production, but also for the needed and awaited transformation of the education curricula. 
Developments which focus on establishing research in art and design academies require contextualisation. Developments in fashion, textile and surface design establish a connection to digital media, other research, and develop new functionalities, or deal with sustainability issues. Despite the forthcoming overall digitalisation of manufacturing processes textile design/production still remains closely dependent from the production technique, material, object and subject. 

14 Oct  N.B new opportunity: Wednesday October 29th M204 13-16
Niclas Zandén: Integrating Sustainability into Strategy  
Niklas Zandén’s research is part of the research at the Centre for Business in Society into the role of corporations in society. In focus are concepts such as Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability, and more importantly the corporate practices captured in these concepts. 
His main research areas are: Transnational corporations in controversial markets, Transnational governance of workers' rights, Adding values to CSR and A theory of the moral boundaries of the firm. 

21 Oct 
Anna Bloch

Curator Anna Bloch will – with historical and contemporary examples and references to her own practice – orientate you in what speculative and critical design might be.

Anna Bloch arbetar som curator och föreläsare med inriktning på spekulativ design. Hon har tidigare arbetat med att etablera en designavdelning på konstinstitutet ICIA ( Hon har en bakgrund som grafisk formgivare och har även arbetat med strategiska frågor inom design och marknadsföring. Hon är utbildad i en BA i grafisk design på LCP i London och i en MA i Design Management på Högskolan för Design och Konsthantverk (HDK) och Handelshögskolan i Göteborg. Inom ICIA ansvarade Anna Bloch för att bygga upp nätverk och samarbeten, samt att teoretiskt och praktiskt fördjupa frågorna kring kritisk design i Sverige och internationellt. 2015 kommer Anna Bloch att arbeta som curator för en utställning kring spekulativ design på Kalmar Konstmuseum. 

2015 kommer Anna att inleda arbetet med projektet MECENAT, ett projekt som vill skapa nya strukturer för designers att utveckla en utforskande praktik. Design lämpar sig särskilt väl att användas på detta sätt eftersom det är en praktik som står med en fot i konsten och en fot i hantverkstraditionen. Design som förhåller sig spekulativt och problematiserande till sin praktik och sin omvärld har få möjligheter att skapa ekonomiska förutsättningar på marknaden, då dessa produkter snarare liknar konst än funktionell design i sitt uttryck. Det finns inte en tradition inom form av att söka anslag, och inte heller särskilt många anslag som riktar sig till design. I många fall hänvisas designprojekt som rör sig utanför marknadens logik till att söka pengar från den redan ansträngda pott som utgörs av anslag vikta åt konst. Ett projekt som MECENAT skulle hitta nya sätt för finansiering genom nyskapande samarbeten med näringslivet, och således skapa utrymme för reflektion och skapande. Sommaren 2015 planerar Anna Bloch att genomföra ett pilotprojekt av MECENAT. Har du frågor kring projektet eller är intresserad av att delta, kontakta
28 Oct 
Jennifer Whitty, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington, New Zeeland: How to deal with issues of sustainability in the design practice

4 Nov
Maja Gunn: Gender design in practice

11 Nov 
Ian King, London College of Fashion: Phenomenological aspects of Aesthetics, and its connections to knowing

Ian W. King is Professor of Aesthetics and Management at the University of the Arts, London and at the London College of Fashion. He is also visiting professor at RMIT, Melbourne: Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, Shanghai and Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe, Germany. In addition to his presentation and discussion on the International Fashion colloquia project, whilst in Boras, he will also be presenting a theoretical paper exploring the links between dress, the body, aesthetics and phenomenology.

18 Nov 
Nancy de Freitas, School of Art and Design, Auckland New Zeeland: Artistic Research, Material Thinking and Design Conversations. Lecture on the place of artistic research in the academy. 

25 Nov N.B: Lunch Seminar 12-13 at Vestindien C.
Steinunn Sigurðardóttir: The Journey of STEiNUNN – the creation of a global Icelandic fashion brand 

At this lunch hour seminar, Steinunn Sigurdardóttir will share her journey; talk about what drives and inspires her and what it takes to build your own brand on the global fashion market. 

Steinunn Sigurdardóttir graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York in 1986 and was soon discovered by the large fashion brands. She has worked for Polo/Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Tom Ford and Gucci, but wanted to follow her own design visions, and passion for textile materials and in particular for knitting. It has been a bumpy journey on the international fashion scene, but with many successful collections and awards. One of these was Torsten and Wanja Söderbergs Design Award in 2008.,

2 Dec 
NB! CANCELLED! Ulrik Martin Larsen

9 Dec 
Tonje Kristensen Johnstone: Textile design and surface pattern design with relation to spatial contexts

20 Jan 
Lars Hallnäs

27 Jan 
Todd Nicewonger, The University of Gothenburg Learing and Media Technology Studies: Discourses of Expertise

17 Feb 
Barbara Jensen


21 January
Katharina Bredies, Ramyah Gowrishankar
Interaction Design with electronic textiles
Afterwards there will be a supervision/feedback-session for the masters.

28 januari 
Design research at THS - Presentation #1
Some of our brilliant PhD-students and design researchers at the Swedish School of Textiles will present an introduction to their research. At this seminar:
Delia Dumitrescu
Maja Gunn
Marjan Kooroshnia
Rickard Lindqvist

4 februari 
The design seminar is cancelled this week - see you next week instead!

11 Februari 
Nils Claesson
Nils Claesson is PHD candidate in film/fiction at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts / SADA and teacher in animated film. He will describe design process in animated film - about going from a scribbling sketch to a character.


18 February
Gabi Schillig
Gabi Schillig founded her studio in Berlin in 2004 after studying Architecture in Coburg, and completing postgraduate studies in Conceptual Design at the Städelschule Frankfurt. In 2012, she was appointed Professor for Spatial Design at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences at the Faculty of Design. Before she was teaching at the Institute for Transmedia Design at the Berlin University of Arts - UdK.
In her lecture she will speak about her artistic practice, contemporary and future questions of spatial design – mainly themes that straddle questions of relationships between space and body, spatial communication, organisation of spatial systems, (textile) materiality and dialogical structures. Her artistic works become physical, multisensorial interfaces between bodies, spaces and landscapes that generate temporary – often irritating – situations between people and their environment. 


25 February
For master students only - feedback session in groups
Deadline for draft 2 to upload in PingPong (which now works) is Feb 10. I will mail you a list of students in each group - read the texts of your group and prepare to give feedback (see further info in my upcoming mail). 

4 March 
lecture on how to design bags, lead projects and be inspired again and again and again ofeverything from Renaissance paintings to welds.
Christopher Robin Nordstrom Pitt, designer and product developer at Sandqvist Bags &items.

11 March
Jeanette Schäring

18 March

25 March

Ulrika Elovsson


September 10
Introduction and information for Master students

September 17
Elin Wikström
Visual artist and headmaster at Göteborg Konstskola
Participatory-driven processes – presentation and discussion around older and newer works
Elin Wikström addresses in her practice questions concerning sustainability, everyday exchanges and global economy, her methods ranging from workshops and participatory actions to performance and installation. The activities, communication and potential of the individual within her/his community lies often at the heart of the works. Her work has been recognised internationally, and especially in the Nordic countries Wikström has been an important figure in the development of performative social critique and research into participatory and spatial issues within the field of contemporary art. Wikström collaborates often with specialists from different fields in order to allow for the production of knowledge and understanding across disciplinary, geographical and cultural boundaries. The possibilities opened up by encounters and interactions are central to her practice.
Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Emscherkunst, Ruhrtriennale 2013, Germany, Even A Perfrect Crime Leaves a Trace (2013) Göteborgs Konsthall, Sweden (2013), Interventions artistiques & organisations, Contexts, Paris, France (2013), (I)ndependent People, 2012 Street Level Nr I. – PARKOUR ++++, Mobile Art Production, Göteborg (2012), Reykjavik Art Festival, Iceland (2012), Living as Form, Creative Time, New York, US (2011)

Cool or lame?, Elin Wikström 2002.

September 24
Anton Alvarez
During the first hour we will produce a one to one scale sketch. This  architectural space will perform as a lecture theatre for the remaining hour. Anton Alvarez is a Swedish-Chilean designer based in London and Stockholm. A recent graduate of the Royal College of Art's Design Products MA, Alvarez originally studied fine art and cabinetmaking before completing an Interior Architecture and Furniture Design course at Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Craft and Design in Stockholm. Alvarez's work focuses on the design of systems and the creation of tools and processes for producing products.

Photos from the workshop showing students building a lecture theatre in the Gallery at the Swedish School of Textiles. 

October 1
Eva Gustavsson
On the 15th of May 2012 Gekås Ullared AB introduced Textilreturen, a recycling station where Gekås customers could submit worn out clothing. Developed in cooperation with Human Bridge, Textilreturen is a pilot project that also accepts torn and worn clothes, with the idea being that Gekås customers should bring their old clothing when visiting the store. Instead of having Human Bridge (or any aid organization) travelling around to retrieve clothes at recycling stations located where people live, people can bring unwanted textiles when they travel to a specific location, in this case Ullared and store Gekås. For Gekås Ullared AB, Textilreturen fits well in the overall strategy of the company to reduce its environmental impact.

At the seminar, I present the origins of the pilot project, which was developed from a comprehensive vision for a more sustainable management of old clothes and has resulted in the Textilreturen solution. One conclusion from the pilot project is that the process took longer than expected, and that what initially appeared as uncomplicated required extensive planning and preparation once the project was reviewed in its various parts. The main outcome is to introduce a new business model for the return of textiles, mainly old clothes. One final observation is that the success of the project depends heavily on securing Gekås customer involvement, which proved hard to achieve.

Taking into account the findings from Textilreturen, I will also discuss research on consumer behaviour in relation to disposal of clothing and textiles. Why is it that consumers who otherwise show concern in environmental issues, tend to NOT perceive used clothing and texiles as proper material for recycling? And can design help to foster ”green consumers” also when it comes to the disposal of clothing and textiles.

October 8
Maria Lindgren
Fashion Theory. On the theories and ideas behind what we think, write and say about the things we wear.

In her seminar, Maria will present an overview of some of the most well known theories about fashion, introducing both classical and modern fashion theories that have had great importance for discussions about fashion. Fashion theory is a body of knowledge that try to identify and explain some of the ideas and theories behind what we think, write and say about what we wear, focusing on questions like 'What is fashion?', 'What is theory?' and 'What is fashion theory?'. It is about these ideas and theories that makes us think ‘How does what we wear make us a group, an ‘us’ or a ‘we’? When we say ‘fashion,’ do we mean the same thing as when we say ‘clothing,’ or ‘dress’ and is saying ‘the things we wear’ any different from saying ‘fashion’, ‘clothing’ or ‘dress’? What ideas and theories lie behind these words and how might they affect the meaning of what we think and say about fashion and what fashion theory is?
Maria Lindgren holds a Master's degree in Fashion Studies from Stockholm University, Sweden (2011).

October 15
No seminar this week.

October 22
Markus Bredberg from Incubator Borås ( will come and inform about possibilities to start your own company with help from the incubator in Borås. Also, we will get information from Drivhuset.
(Due to a bad cold - Weronica Rehnby who was supposed to come to the seminar this week had to postpone her lecture. She will come on November 19 instead).

October 29
Oskar Tomico
Smart textiles / fashion
NOTE: This seminar is moved to room "Vestindien 2" on floor 2.
Dr. Oscar Tomico (1979) is Assistant Professor of the Designing Quality in Interaction Research Group at the Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology. His main research topic to develop situated practices allowing for a constructive confrontation between the designer’s rationale and societal motivations and values (co-reflection).
Oscar will be at our school for two weeks to give a workshop for some of the fashio students. Also, he will give a lecture at this week's design seminar.

November 5
Pauline van Dongen
The body in a technologically textured space.
After graduating from ArtEZ, Academy of the Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands, she started her own womenswear label in 2010. Pauline operates a meticulous research of the behaviour of experimental and high-tech materials, combining new technologies with traditional techniques to constantly renovate craftsmanship. Working closely with companies from the field of science and innovation, Pauline aims to merge fashion and technology giving life to scientific creations.

November 12
Dennis Dahlqvist

The Future is Handmade
In the last five years a number of young designers across Europe started to work by hand again. The movement is originally from Holland - the leading design country since the late 1900s. This applies to both product design but also graphic design and fashion - for example, Iris van Herpen and Swedish designer Emelie Ahlner.
Dennis Dahlqvist is an art and design critic.

November 19
Weronica Rehnby
Weronika is product manager at the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation with its Ecolabel Bra Miljöval (Good Environmental Choice) for textile products. The label is one of their tools to work for a more sustainable world, others are to influence politicians, chasing polluters and influence legislation.
Air, sea, forest, agriculture, and environmental toxins are main areas of work. The past decade has their global work become larger and stronger, working together and supporting over 60 environmental organizations worldwide, thanks to money from Sida.
The main issue for this seminar will be the environmental impacts of textile production and how we can work for more sustainable products.

November 26
Nicolette Brunklaus
NOTE! After this seminar the textile Master students will get the opportunity to discuss your work with Nicolette in your room - approximately 10 minutes per student!

December 3
Nancy de Freitas
re: MAKING research: the post practice-led debate
A lecture on re-conceptualising the field of research by visiting lecturer Associate Professor Nancy de Freitas, from the School of Art and Design, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, AUT University, New Zealand.
The term practice-led research was and still is a creative solution to an issue of academic legitimacy that emerged when art and design education was subsumed under academic, university regimes in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The drive to achieve equivalent status with other disciplines, the emergence of art and design doctorates and PhDs and the need to access contestable research funding were all factors that required the justification of studio, artistic practices as research and led to the imperative of academic writing as part of degree submissions. The institutional requirement for exegetical writing and critical reflection in academic terms has been a particularly challenging factor for artists and designers. This presentation captures some of the key positions in the evolving debate and proposes a move to ‘post practice-led’ material thinking.
Key words: art and design; artistic research; art practice; reflective practice; research contexts; research creation; material thinking.

December 10
Eunjeong Jean

Form Empowered by Touch, Movement, and Emotion

A great many of our emotions, and in particular comfort can be evoked by our experience of movement during everyday activities for example, touching, wrapping, and walking. This is because our perception of emotion is drawn from how our bodies experience or interact with the world, whether it is objects, living beings, situations, or events, intermingled with sensory experience and action (Merleau-Ponty 1962). It is argued that the quality of these movements can inform and steer design practice towards an emotion- and sensorimotor-driven approach in fashion design since it provides a rich source of stimuli for the creation of new garment forms that establish the body as a primary source and an essential structure from which to understand the nature of bodily interaction.

In this lecture I am going to present two case studies from the research project entitled ‘Form Empowered By Touch, Movement, and Emotion’, which draws on the nature of experiential bodily knowing and understanding that is generated through the phenomenological way people touch, move, and feel in the process of interacting with an object. By researching-through-design the project aimed to contribute to the discourse on comfort in clothing by investigating the influence of the tactile (haptic) experience, kinesthetic interaction, and emotion. The investigation expands the knowledge of design practice by focusing on how a garment empowers the body to touch, feel and move in order to enhance self-expression and self-therapy. In this sense the garment is an interactive object that can contribute in the development of new design ideas by opening a new space for users. Garments can be created with users or even by users, ‘designing experience or interactions’ in relation to their need for comfort in an everyday living environment.

Eunjeong Jeon is a Post Doctoral researcher in TU/e Industrial Design and a member of Designing Quality in Interaction group.

December 17
Katrin Mueller-Russo

This seminar starts with a lecture and ends with a discussion.
Katrin received her degree in Industrial Design from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, Germany and she is currently a full time faculty member as professor in industrial design at Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, New York. Katrin’s design work has been exhibited internationally and her awards include the Ideas Competition Design Plus at the Frankfurt International Fair Ambiente for her hearing aid design. Katrin is currently researching and prototyping textile based applications for earthenware and furniture and was awarded a residency at the European Ceramic Workcentre (.ekwc) in the Netherlands in 2012 where she most recently completed her work on the T-Stool a project that employs textiles as computational devices to generate structural forms. The influence of the textile played an important role during the fabrication process. To produce the T-Stool in ceramic, a 3mm rubber membrane, was constructed over the entire surface to insure its release from the mold. As a result, the plasticity, which was initiated by the first textile during the form finding stage of the design process, could be reproduced, larger than before without any visible seams. This transformation has been complemented by the use of digital tools, and the implementation of the textile as a device to produce alternate forms of expression, through the use of a single surface.



David McCallum
Why does knitting feel like writing software? The deep connections of textiles and computation.
McCallum’s doctoral research examines the parallels between computational and craft processes and asks, What are the deeper connections between crafts and computation, and what do they mean?
Discussion of the connections between crafts and computation either focus on the binary structure of the Jacquard loom of 1801, or whether modern tools such as Photoshop can be considered a craft in their own right. What is needed is a deeper understanding of computation and crafts as manifestations of humanity’s knack for abstract thinking and expression. Crafts and computers occupy different cultural spaces and with different values, yet at their roots they follow incredibly similar processes. McCallum believes that they are dialects of the same language—they are each products of the same mental processes making themselves heard.

David McCallum is pursuing a PhD in the University of Gothenburg’s Digital Representation group at the Valand Academy. His art practice has worked with improvised performance, wearable electronics, locative media, and bicycles. Find him at


Martín Avila
Devices. On Hospitality, hostility and design
In this lecture, Martin Avila will present an overview of his doctoral studies, which through a series of design projects, examines the potential range of an artefact’s relations. It does so by exploring grammatical associations that affect design conceptualizations, creating tools (prepositiontools) as well as studying and articulating forms of symbiosis that an artefact might develop in and with its environment (¡Pestes!). The work combines different literary, philosophical and theoretical discourses and traditions with experimental design in order to develop and articulate the concept ofdevice. A device organizes, arranges, frames our environment and thereby defines and limits possibilities of relation.

Martín Avila is PhD in design from HDK (School of Design and Crafts) in Gothenburg, Sweden, and has published his thesis entitled Devices. On Hospitality, Hostility and Design (2012). Since 2007, Martin works at Konstfack and teaches across the school, currently spending most of his time at the department of industrial design, where he is responsible for the development of the subject design for sustainable development. Martín has previously obtained a Master in Design Studies at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, England (1999), and a Degree in Industrial Design from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina (1995). Martín has worked as an industrial and graphic designer, as well as design consultancy since 2000. Martín has lectured in Sweden and internationally, among others, at Konstfack, Beckmans, SSES (Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship), IASPIS (The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists), and KTH (Royal Institute of Technology). In Argentina, at the National University of Córdoba, as well as at Universidad Siglo XXI; in Colombia, at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá; in Croatia, at the Arts Academy, University of Split; in the United States at the School of Design of the Art Institute of Chicago; and in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Design Centre. 
See also


Anna Forsberg
The experience of a room is coloured by diverse tactile and visual impressions – spaces are felt as well as seen, and carpets define a room in a way that we can feel. They also change over time in response to our touch, tellingt heir own unique stories. With a vision to combine art and textile, Makeda was founded in 2009 by Swedish designer Anna Forsberg. "I wanted to combine art and graphic design with utility, in the same way that fashion design combines aesthetics with function. By using the space on the floor, rather than the wall, the rug becomes both a canvas and a piece
of furniture." Makeda’s story emerges from a collaboration between contemporary design sensibilities and traditional Tibetan-Nepalese knowledge, woven together in the high mountains of Nepal.


Angella Mackey
Angella Mackey is a Canadian designer specializing in clothing design for electronic garments and functional apparel. Mackey recently launched Vega, a line of illuminated outerwear,  fashionable coats and accessories for cycling at night. She will talk about her evolving design process and the unique challenges she's faced in bringing a wearable-electronics product to market.  


This seminar is only for MA second year-students:
You will give each other feedback in groups on the second draft of the writing assignment.


CANCELLED - Gabi Schillig
This seminar is cancelled, 
instead, first year MA students will meet for feedback 


Ulrika Wänström Lindh
Light enables us to experience space. The distribution of light is vital for spatial experience but has not been the main focus of previous research on lighting. The lighting designer’s professional knowledge is to a great extent experience-based and tacit. With design practice as the point of departure, this thesis aims to explore spatiality and enclosure in relation to the distribution of light – with the intention of increasing subjects’ understanding of what can be regarded as a space, and to show how spaces can be shaped by the distribution of light. By focusing on users’ experiences and interpretations, relationships between the distribution of light and perceived spatial dimensions and experienced spatial atmosphere have been investigated. The main contribution of this thesis is to widen the base of knowledge that lighting designers, architects and customers can use as a common reference.


Susanna von Eyben
Architect SIR/MSA
White arkitekter AB

Susanna is an architect SIR/MSA educated at HDK (Master’s degree 1986) in Gothenburg. She will talk about her work at White Arkitekter with focus on textiles that she describes as a piece of a puzzle in a bigger context that can be schools, offices or hospitals, for example. In this work her main task is to provide people’s needs, not making products. Susanna will show examples from different commissions she has been part of.


No seminar this (Easter) week


Berit Lindahl
The ICU patient room as a healing environment – an example of intervention research and evidence-based design.

The actual research project aims at investigating if a specially designed patient room in an intensive care unit (ICU) affects people who stay there i.e., patients, next-of kin and staff compared to an ordinary ICU patient room (control). My presentation will be an example of research that implements evidence-based design in high-tech environments. The refurbishment of a patient room is based on a careful co-operation between scholars, ICU care practitioners, architects, designers and experts of health care technology. A systematic review of literature describing physical environment in hospitals was also performed. The intervention room was refurbished according to research findings regards to sound, light, shape and access to nature. New and innovative products, e.g. lightning, technical equipment were used.

Berit Lindahl is a CCRN, PhD and associate professor at Borås University College, School of Health Sciences and Institute of Health & Caring Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University.


NOTE: This seminar starts at 14:00
Camilla Larsson
Curator Bonniers Konsthall


CANCELLED! Steinunn Sigurd unfortunately had to cancel her visit to Borås, but hopefully she will come here in the autumn instead. 





Introduction to Design Seminars (Desma11, 12 at 13.00, Td10 at 14.00, Td11 at 15.00)


Saskia Holmkvist

Saskia Holmkvist is a visual artist that will present her work with a special focus on the artistic language in her own work which will then be followed up in the joint work shop, Take Place, where the discussion will concentrate around practical understanding of the meaning of  the word ‘Gestaltung’.

Saskia Holmkvist has been engaged in an art practice that moves between video, performance and site specific projects– in an ongoing artistic investigation into the professionalization of language. In the process she explores the negotiation of undertaking roles in life and how structures within language affect the politics of these positions.

To this aim, the artist employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from artistic and academic practices such as journalism, theatre, documentary film and psycho analytics. People from different categories of profession are invited to participate in their professional role to establish a framework were a meeting leads to an exchange of knowledge or a conflict of interest that is later represented in the work.

Don't forget to visit Saskias exhibition "In character" at Borås Konstmuseum (May 11th-September 30).


Manuel Kretzer

Dipl.- Ing. (arch) Manuel Kretzer is a researcher and tutor at the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design, ETH Zurich where he is responsible for coordinating and leading the postgraduate Master of Advanced Studies class’s digital design and production modules. 

His research aims at the notion of a soft and dynamic architecture with a specific focus on new (smart) material performance and how these materials affect the way we perceive and design space. This presentation looks closer at the role and use of building materials throughout the history of architecture and compares it to recent demographic studies on the demands and interests of young and future generations. Realizing that the attitude towards “smart” materials – which are entirely different to standard building materials, as they are active and not static – is still very much influenced by traditional ideas and methods, and that this stands in strong contrast to the very flexible and vibrant lifestyle of young people, this presentation proposes a different approach to create softer, more dynamic spaces to accommodate the needs of our future citizen.


NOTE: This seminar starts at 13.30!

Textile techniques, knowledge and craftsmanship in E-Textiles
“Experimentation, be it high- or low-tech, requires a hands-on approach, and novelty of the materials and manufacturing methods available today has stimulated the exploration of numerous possibilities” (Paola Antonelli, Nothing cooler than Dry)

One can say E-textiles is a new kind of textile material and technique, which many designers, artists and engineers are fascinated to explore the possibilities it create. Despite its high-tech label, it is inevitable to work hands-on in its experimental phase, employing many traditional textile techniques and skills. It requires unique combination of textile, fashion, electronics and programming skills, creating hybrid craftsman and craftsmanship in the field. We are living in the post industrialization era where hands-on work is mostly taken over by machines or third parties and craftsmanship is almost a fairy-tale. Is this also yet-to-come scenario for this novel material and practice? Or are we introduced to a new role of craft and craftsmanship? What are the alternative visions we are to see for future? We invite three E-Textiles experts as panellists for this session: Barbara Layne is a researcher who actively incorporates textile knowledge and techniques in her pioneering E-Textiles projects, Oscar Tomico takes a role as a facilitator of technology and society using craft and E-textiles as a communication tool, Linda Worbin and her colleagues explores the idea of industrialization in E-Textiles and how craftsmanship could be valued in this scenario. Each of the panellists will present their latest work, and we will discuss the proposed theme in the form of round table discussion.
Barbara Layne (Concordia University)
Oscar Tomico (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Linda Worbin (Swedish School of Textiles)
Moderator: Mika Satomi (Swedish School of Textiles)


Daniel Svahn

Daniel Svahn is a Stockholm based Product- Furniture and Interior designer. In 2009 he graduated from Beckmans Collage of Design with a BFA in Product Design. Since then he runs his own creative company Daniel Svahn Studio and is continuously working to establish himself on the Swedish, as well as the international design scene.Often working with concepts or stories he wants to add unexpected values to his products and their users. Whether is's a simple little thing or a full-fledged interior.

With the upcoming seminar Daniel will talk about his degree project "Viskningsleken" (Chinese Whispers), the experimental and conceptual project that marked the start for his post grad career. The project was a way for him to seek new information and new angles in a design process. To, with the help of other people and random chance find new exciting and odd shapes that would normally not find their way out in reality. It was also a way for Daniel to let go off his regular working pattern and expose himself to the unknown and by that learning more and growing as a designer.


This week's design seminar is cancelled.
No seminar today.


This week's design seminar is cancelled.
No seminar today. Johan Öberg will come next week instead. 


Anthony Marcellini
Writing in artistic research
Anthony is an artist, curator and writer and is currently a guest lecturer at Valand academy in Göteborg.


Clemens Thornquist
Professor in Fashion design at 


Petra Högström and Matilda Maroti
Sustainable Fashion 
Right off the bat, we’re not out to save the world. There's other people more suited for that job. What we actually want, is to inspire. So this is a way of trying to change the perceptions of what is, and what is not, when it comes to shoes. That's why we're not so much a company as we are an inititive. The frontlines. The ones who's sent to make new and bold choices. Find new sustainable materials. Meet new friends, and without a doubt, make some enemies. Cause believe us, this won’t be easy. It's a good thing we won't be alone in pondering over not so much the questions, but the answers to them. Art or Commercialism? Haute Couture or Prêt-à-porter? Questions or Questioned? Simple or Simplistic? Sustainable or in style? When faced with
a choice, who and what claims that you can't pick both alternatives. Shoise is a way of finding out. A take on all questions raised. Condensing them all into a shape, a form, a shoe. An idea, to not focus on the or when it comes to a choice. But rather explore the and.
Until October 14, Petra and Matilda exhibit at Röhsska design museum, Göteborg.   


At this webinar, Chris Browning, Senior Client Services Executive will present the WGSN portal and tutor from London via link. WGSN is a global forecasting company, where clients such as fashion brands, designers, architects etc. can get updated  information regarding what is going on within the fashion and textile scene, art, fashion cities, global development within fashion and textile, design,marketing etc.

The Swedish School of Textiles are a client since last year, and all students and staff can access to the WGSN page when they are at Bryggaregatan. You go to, click on login and you have entered. No pass wold needed.

This webinar is our first step to give more information regarding forecasting and the possibilities and functions through WGSN. The webinar is only once, reached from T436, Hörsalen at time above. 


NOTE: This seminar is in HÖRSALEN
Insight into the creative approach and process at adidas, sport performance.


Creatables is a a creative network of designers and engineers working to reduce waste from Swedish production industries. We do this by developing and producing products to be applied in surplus materials in synchronization with the original production. This way our partner companies make better use of their production facilities and material and reduce their waste materials.

This way of working our products do not generate any surplus materials on their own and as they are locally produced we reduce shipping distances for orders within Europe. The end result is beautiful and well thought through products that take care of the earths resources in a better manner. We are looking forward to applying some of our products and ideas outside Sweden, please contact us to find out more about opportunities regarding expansion and joining the Creatables.

In certain cases when factories produce from sheet materials and other similar and cut out products we can integrate our designs in the same big tool for example in die-cutting and this way also avoid the need for separate energy to produce our product as they are produced in the same process as the original products. This is what we like to call production hacking.

Creatables was founded in 2008 by Erik Thorstensson, Petter Danielson and Oscar Ternbom.


Inese Parkova
Inese Parkova is researcher in Riga Technical University (Latvia) and currently a guest researcher at the Swedish School of Textiles. She has background in materials technology and design, and current subject of her research is electronic systems integration into clothing. Inese has created some smart clothing prototypes, at present she is optimizing her work and improving different properties of projected garments.
At the upcoming seminar Inese will describe her work, highlighting different properties that should be taken into consideration designing smart garments for practical application. At the moment Inese is working on creating of flexible textile LED matrix display for modified version of smart jacket. During seminar she will present some results of designed patterns.


Rickard Lindqvist
Rickard Lindqvist is a PhD candidate in fashion design at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås where he carries out practice based research in design methods with emphasis on pattern cutting.

If the expression of the body is the focal point, and how this expression is transformed by dressing it in fabric, a more reflective study of the body from a dressmakers perspective might be meaningful in the development of new design methods. 

From a number of examples, based on “La coupe en un seul morceau” method developed by Genevieve Sevin-Doering where one piece of fabric is sculptured into a garment a new logic is extracted proposing an alternative way of  approaching the body while cutting garments. The theory is visualised in a number of gravity and balance lines on the body to initiate the work of cutting, draping and fitting garments from and certain points proposing where on the body to address the foundational cuts.

These examples are cut from one single piece of fabric however the number of pieces composing the garments are of less significance. The one-piece principal can be compared to a beautiful proof in mathematics or the simplest equation explaining a series of experiments. The proof could be written differently, in any number of pieces, but the simplicity expresses the theory more clear.

This work aims to put forward a clear, simple but radically different way of understanding the body consequently making way for a future cutting practice, with emphasize on the expression of the body rather than on the pattern, originating from the actually body instead of the mathematical post-construction of the tailoring matrix.

The seminar will be followed by a workshop for the fashion design MA students.


No regular seminar this week. 
MA-students: This week there will be individual feedback on the first draft of your writing assignment. The feedback is spread over the day, book your feedback by writing your name on the list that is put up on your floor. 




Magnus Brogren

Hilleberg the tentmaker – a discussion about product development, tents and strong winds

Magnus Brogren is product manager at Hilleberg the tentmaker and he is responsible for all material development at the company. He has a background in the apparel industry and he is an educated mountain leader. He say:

We make tents. More accurately, we produce high performance back country shelter solutions. That is all we do, so all of our design and development is focused on that single idea.

For us, design always begins with a situation that requires a solution. For example,  polar scientists needed a portable laboratory that was strong enough for polar weather, light enough to be transported easily, big enough to stand in and to sleep eight or more, and easy to pitch.


NO SEMINAR THIS WEEK! Individual feedback, DesMa1


Thomas Laurien

Thomas Laurien: I am a designer, lecturer and PhD-candidate at The School of Design and Crafts (HDK) in Gothenburg. My practice based artistic research is about compositional and sociocultural concepts and phenomenon of interest when working with and on the surface. During my lecture I would like to share and discuss some thoughts and experiences of different writing modes in a research and practice based context. What do I do when I write, and what do I actually want the text to do?


Morgan Norman

Morgan Norman is born in Stockholm. In 2002-2003 he went to Gamleby School of Photography and right after he worked as a photo assistant for the international fashion photographer Carl Bengtsson. Sense then he has freelanced for various magazines, advertising agencies and record labels. In 2008 Morgan established “Norman Cavazzana”; his own creative agency that today is situated in New York as well as Moscow. Morgan is featured in the permanent exhibition of Nationalmuseum (Stockholm) among other exhibitions and awards.

“Morgan Norman’s work is theatrical, romantic, bleak and dreamy. His images are much influenced by the location of the shoot. He allows it to define a natural relationship with the model, and from there guides the setting till it fulfils his expectation. He likes to experiment with colours, tones and structures…” (– VICTOR by Hasselblad 1 / 2009)

Morgan will talk about his work and how he became a full time photographer, and the fashion industry from a photographer perspective.


Camilla Larsson

A folded logic – aspects of the use of textile in contemporary art

Through the textile figure of the fold as a mode of thinking, along with the concept of the return of the Baroque, I will closely read the work of four Swedish contemporary artist; Katarina Nitsch, Leif Holmstrand, Astrid Svangren and Maya Eizin Öijer. I will discus how the textile metaphor of the fold could be understood as a subversive power challenging conventions in theory and artistic practice. My interest in the textile as a productive and creative figure lies in its formal as well as conceptual diversity -  the textile as technique, material, aesthetic expression as well as part of a global business of trade, production and consumption, where the logic of the neo-liberal capitalism create a blinding and seductive desire.

Camilla Larsson is a curator and writer. She is currently working as a curator at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm. Within the framework of Bonniers Konsthall she has worked with artists such as Gabriel Lester, Ida Ekblad, Monica Bonvicini, and Aurélien Froment. At Bonniers Konsthall she has developed the exhibition series annually taking place presenting artists “young on the Swedish art scene” adopting a curatorial method based on alteration and expansion aiming to reach beyond what is already known. Camilla is educated in Art history, Museology, and Feminist Theory at the University of Gothenburg, Stockholm, and Uppsala.


Elisabet Yanagisawa
This seminar is unfortunately cancelled due to illness. See you next week!

Flavia Loscialpo

Flavia Loscialpo is Doctor in Philosophy, Sapienza University of Rome and alumnus of LCF (MA Fashion Curation). She is Senior Lecturer in Fashion at Solent Southampton University and as independent curator and researcher, has been collaborating with numerous institutions as Barbican Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum and London College of Fashion. Her areas of expertise are fashion theory, aesthetics, curation and avant-garde movements.

Flavia will talk about Utopian Clothing: the case of Futurist and Constructivist proposals in the early 1920s; "can fashion start from zero"? It is a question that, as observed by theorists, historians and curators, ultimately haunts those radical fashion projects embodying a "new vision" of the world. In the experimental clothing designed (at the beginning of the twentieth century) by Futurist and Constructivist artists is it possible to follow and progressively unfold the aspiration to a total renovation and re-organization of life, differently articulated by both movements.


Felecia Davis

Soft Architectures

Felecia Davis is a PhD candidate in the Design and Computation Group at MIT. She has been trained as an architect and engineer and has been exploring intersections between architecture and textiles to design soft buildings that use the pliability of fabrics. Tents and more recently pneumatic structures, where the fabric is held in tension have a tradition and history within the realm of providing human shelter and creating space. However, less common are strategies that could use textiles not only in tension but also in compression depending upon what state is called for at any particular time. In addition to these structural considerations, textiles offer the potential to not only construct at the level of the fabric itself, one can also develop the stitch or structure and the blend of material in the fibres that expand and reshape how we conceive of buildings and ways of living.


Åsa Johannisson

This seminar is unfortunately cancelled due to illness. See you next week!

Circus, glassblowing and music – an interdisciplinary melting pot

Åsa Johannisson, Artistic Director of the company Circus Glass Royale, is going to talk about the narrative aspects of material based on her work with glass and performative art. She will also give an introduction to design methods developed within interdisciplinary art projects and site specific performances.  

Åsa Johannisson is a director who works with both performing arts and film. As researcher she is focusing on interdisciplinary and collaborative art projects. During 2008-2010 she was the project manager of the artistic research project Beyond & Within, at The Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (SADA) and funded by The Knowledge Foundation, beyond and within Åsa has also been a guest researcher and teacher at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. Her film FISH received the Channel + Award at Nordic Panorama Film Festival 2009.  


Cecilia Hjelm

The National Public Art Council (Statens Konstråd)

Cecilia Hjelm is a textile artist and she is currently working as a project manager for The National Public Art Council (Statens Konstråd). The general assignment of the National Public Art Council is to make art a natural and prominent feature in the community. The Council strives to create opportunities for contemporary art to impact on the public environment.

Cecilia will tell us about The National Public Art Council and different projects within the framework of the council. She will also show examples of art in public spaces that she, as a project manager, has been involved in.


Jan Carleklev

Jan Carleklev is going to talk about how he and others use time as a material in the design process. Design is no longer only concerned with creating artefacts, but is also concerned with intangibles. Intangibles are generally defined as assets that cannot be seen, touched or physically measured, and are created through time. It becomes of importance to establish new ways of talking about design - for example recognize temporal aspects just as natural as we do with form and material.

Jan Carleklev (*1972/ Sweden) has a background in sound and participatory art and holds an MFA in Experience Design from Konstfack in Stockholm. Once starting out as a musician and still frequently writing music, especially for dance productions, sound and motion play vital roles in his practice. With this background he is now conducting practice based research around temporality in design.


NO SEMINAR THIS WEEK! Deadline on the second version, DesMa1, DesMa2


NO SEMINAR THIS WEEK! Feedback in groups, DesMa1, DesMa2


Delia Dumitrescu

PhD-student, Swedish School of Textiles.

Digital tools open possibilities for designers to combine traditional surface fabrication techniques with advanced technology in the design process. When it comes to the field of Smart Textiles as interactive materials for space design, it is essential to understand the identity of the material through design and also to understand the novel expressions being mediated for space. Thus, the purpose of Delia Dumitrescu’s is to develop knowledge by design on Smart Textiles as materials for architecture. The presentation will start by contextualization of the research work, giving an overview of different methodological perspectives on surface design that relate digital methods to design to material fabrication.


Elisabet Yanagisawa Avén

Fashion designer, artist and PhD student, HDK, Göteborgs Universitet

Cutting Edge –A Morphology of Reduction

What is cutting edge? This term uses to be a notion of the absolutely newest, latest things created. It is the art of being at the edge, before the mass, even before the trends. Creators of cutting edge are independent perceivers of the world, makers who act. But, cutting edge is not only a metaphor of the freshest surface, newly cut. In terms of artistic methods, the cutting edge is as well a literal statement of making through reduction. To cut is a distinct activity, a gesture, and a movement in spatiality. From these two points of departure I’ll take you on a research journey, an encounter and a relationship to; materiality and senses; the body; arts of reduction – ikebana and martial arts. With examples from contemporary artist who use methods of reduction, I discuss the cutting gesture in terms of philosophical articulations. This is a threshold from representation to non-representation.

The lecture continues with a workshop [2 h]. The participators are limited to 12 persons, make your reservation.

Elisabet Yanagisawa Avén [1966] started as fashion designer, works today as multimedia artist and doctoral student at the Gothenburg University, HDK, the faculty of Craft and design.  Her research is Artistic Research, which investigates “The Abyss of the Surface”. She investigates the proximity values of the encounter between material and body, before material becomes object and product. In the state of non-representation she seeks new philosophical articulations of surface emergences. In her study she use a perspective from East Asian aesthetics, which has a long and rich tradition of articulations of sensibility, material and body.





MAY 15

Design Seminar Examination DesMa10, 8.30-15.00.

MAY 22

Design Seminar Examination DesMa11, 13.00-17.00.



Karin Ahlin

Karin Ahlin is a filmmaker and storyteller based in Stockholm, often
working as a textile animator. Karin has a BA in Textiles and a MA in
Storytelling, educated at Konstfack. She will tell you about her path
from textiles to storytelling through the perspectives Poetry -
Strategy and Tradition - Innovation. (


Helena Lindberg

Helena Lindberg is a Swedish fashion designer based in Copenhagen. Helena is working in close collaboration with fair trade producers in Third World countries as well as making stage costumes for various artists. She is educated in men´s fashion and sustainable design at the Danish design School i Copenhagen.(


Evelina Tufvesson

Evelina Tufvesson is a textile designer who finished her BA studies at the Swedish School of Textiles in June 2011. During the summer she went to Nagoya, Japan for an internship at Toyota Boshoku. This is the third time this vehicle interior company invites students from Borås and hopefully not the last. Evelina will give you an overview of the internship program and talk about her experiences of working and living in Japan. After the seminar she will show us her portfolio and give advice about what’s good to know when making portfolios.


Frederik Andersen.

Frederik Andersen is the head cutter at the tailor A.W. Bauer & Co. in Stockholm and will tell us about classic tailoring. Bauer & Co has been tailoring suits for gentlemen for almost 150 years and is the most prominent, of the few remaining, men´s bespoke tailoring companies in Scandinavia. These days they have costumers all over the world.


Fredrik Färg

Fredrik Färg’s work exists in the intersection of art, fashion and design. His striking designs have garnered him worldwide attention for a practice that is both whimsical and intelligent. For example, he playfully transformed vintage chairs into original creations with his innovative use of recycled industrial felt. His work seamlessly blends classical structures with a unique contemporary aesthetic. Fredrik Färg graduated from the HDK design college in Gothenburg, where he obtained his Master's degree in 2008. His thesis exhibition quickly placed him on the international design map. After Fredriks presentation you are welcome to join a workshop. (


Glenn Martens

Glenn Martens graduated in 2008 from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. During his last year he was recruited as a designer for Jean Paul Gaultier. Since then, Martens has based himself in Paris where he first assisted Gaultier’s pre-collection for women and then the men-label “G2”. In mid 2010, after a successful run as first assistant to independent designer, Yohan Serfeaty, Martens decided to work independently to free time for personal projects. The fruit of such projects includes the most recent launch of the collaboration collection of the Swedish brand Weekday and celebrated Belgian designer Bruno Pieters titled “Bruno Pieters for Weekday”. Martens was the Principal Designer on this fashion forward concept collection. During the lecture Glenn Martens will explain the process of a collaboration- collection.



Jayachandran Palazhy

Jayachandran is Artistic Director of Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in Bangalore, India and is an internationally sought after dancer and choreographer at the forefront of the contemporary Indian movement arts scene. Attakkalari is India’s premiere organization working in the field of contemporary movement arts. Attakkalari is driven by its underlying philosophy – ‘Traditional Physical Wisdom, Innovation and Technology. Its activities include Education and Outreach Programmes, a Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media, Research and Documentation, the Attakkalari India Biennial (an international festival of dance and digital arts) and the Attakkalari Repertory Company. The Attakkalari Repertory Company has evolved a unique movement language and is at the forefront of interdisciplinary works in India. The company tours widely in India and abroad. (



Claes Boman

Claes works as a business developer helping start-ups and small companies within the creative industries. Claes has previously been involved in the development of Transit Studio (incubator at Konstfack), Kolonien (creative business center in Stockholm) and Fabriken LDKP (ceramic center for contemporary design and production in Lidköping).  


Katarina Brieditis

Katarina Brieditis works as a freelance designer since 1996 when she graduated from Konstfack, Stockholm. She have worked with companies such as Linum, Ikea, Rörstrand, Sally Ann and Svensk Slöjd and was one of the authors to the handicraft- and recycle –projects Do Redo. She is going to speak about some of her experiences and how she works as a freelance designer.


Ela Skorupska

”From idea to product – the do’s and don'ts from a legal perspective”.

Our seminar is going to touch on the subject how to go about organizing one’s business from an idea to a finished, marketed product and the hurdles one can encounter during the way. We take our experience from aiding our clients in the fashion business segment, both big and small. We will talk about different forms of companies, how to organize a partnership, what is a shareholders’ agreement, contracts with producers, suppliers and agents, how one guarantees payment and finally how one protects one’s idea and how to market it. All from the fascinating legal point of view. We hope that this will be an interesting seminar for all of you future designers and entrepreneurs.


Margot Barolo

Margot Barolo has worked as a designer for 12 years, mainly for the Swedish art and craft industry. She will talk about the context she is coming from and what formed her to be the designer she is today. Margot work with high and low; from unique handicraft to machine made mass production. She works in many different materials and methods, for example textile and ceramics. She says:

"Once upon a time you didn't separated art from technology, or culture from economics. Then something happened. In my world it's all about making. The four fields are not separated".



Kumi Edström Kawaji

Kumi is born in Tokyo and have graduated Bunka Fashion College. From 1983 to 1987 she was a member of the design team for ”Yohji Yamamoto  
International” that did fashion shows in Paris and experienced ”The Japanese  
revolution in Paris fashion” with Yohji Yamamoto. From 1989 to 1993 Kumi 
lived and worked in New York as a pattern maker for Michael Leva and  
freelanced for some other companies. From 1993 to present she lives in Stockholm,  
Sweden where she work on her own collections: ”Kumi Edström” - lady’s collection and "Kuu and Koo” - men’s collection as well as making dance costumes.




Brigitte Steputtis

Brigitte is Head of Couture at Vivienne Westwood in London and, also,  
a independent artist. She will open an exhibition of her artwork at Röhsska Design Museum in Gothenburg  the 1st of December and hold a Design Seminar at THS the day after.

The theme for the talk will be Deconstructing Couture, which is based  
on the recent Gold Label Spring/Summer Collection. The presentation will go into the inspiration of certain designs and their technical procedure up to the finished product. It will also go into Couture in general and certain design principles in particular.


Mili John Tharaka 

Mili is a guest researcher in Textile Design, Swedish School of Textiles.

NeoCraft - Exploring Smart textiles in the light of traditional textile crafts

Smart and interactive textiles have resulted from exploration and adoption of new materials and technology of the Digital age and can be described as the next phase in the evolution of Textiles. As we learn to make textiles with new properties, it is important that we also define the narrative of smart textiles. To develop narratives for smart textiles we can learn from the traditional textile craft communities who, for generations, have successfully embedded their cultural narratives within their fabric, creating textiles that are functional as well as coded with meaning and purpose. This paper describes ways in which craftsman understood and explored materials; the need for us to be craftsman and explore materials that can create new narrative and myths; it also highlights the need to involve traditional artisans to be part of the smart textiles exploration and to learn from them to create transient textiles that can lead to new interactions and experiences.



Sarah Taylor
This seminar is unfortunately cancelled due to the flue. See you next week!
Sarah Taylor is recognized within the Visual and Applied Art fields as “being at the forefront of experimental textiles”. Her areas of enquiry pioneered the creation of light-emitting textiles within the mid 1990s, exploiting the visual properties of optical fibre through colour and lighting effects within woven fabric. The nature Sarah’s research is practice-based and inherently cross-disciplinary at the design technology interface.  Sarah has collaborated with leading designers, sound, lighting and electronic specialists and has created work within broad product remits as interactive, multi-sensory design. The room is as usual 473 at the Swedish School of Textiles, and the hours are also the same: 13.00 until 14.30

ALSO: This Tuesday, after the regular design seminar, there is an opportunity to join an ORIGAMI WORKSHOP at 15.00-16.30 with Isabel Cabral. 
"Focusing in tessellations and modular origami, this workshop has the objective to present tools and notions about diagrams interpretation and models construction." 
If you are interested to join, please send Isabel an e-mail before the 31 December 2010 []. The room for the workshop will be announced later.


David McCallum
David McCallum is a musician and media artist in Toronto, and the former Editor of Musicworks Magazine. Currently he is a doctoral student in Digital Representation at the Photography School at the University of Gothenburg where he´s studying intersections of craft and computation.


Geraldine Juárez
Geraldine Juárez is interested in property, communication, hacking and collaborative knowledge production, using recycling, piracy, architecture and DIY technologies as frameworks to output work in the streets and the internet. She is fellow at F.A.T. and currently she is focused researching personal fabrication and open wear at project.

Picture: Freewear by Geraldine Juárez 


Per-Anders Nilsson
A Field of Possibilities
Per Anders Nilsson is a well-established improvising musician, and composer of electroacoustic music. Nilsson started to play the saxophone in the early seventies and 
have since then regularly performed with different small groups, as well as occasionally performed with internationally regarded artists in the field, such as Willem Breuker, Anthony Braxton, John Surman, Karin Krog and Evan Parker. Since the turn of the millennium Nilsson has concentrated his musical efforts on playing digital music instruments in small improvising ensembles, in favour to play the saxophone. For the time being he is working on his dissertation that is about relations between designing and playing those instruments. A basic assumption in his work concerns that music improvisation is regarded equal to play a game or a sport. A game or sport is controlled by its goal and its rules, which also make up its identity. Each match of a certain sport is only one outcome of infinitely many, and all imaginable matches are outcomes of the same sport. In addition to explicit goals and rules, a huge number of implicit contextual factors make up actual conditions for a single improvisation: for the improvising musician, the task is about, through chosen instrument, to explore and exploit the given situation. Actual conditions constitute a field of possibilities* that a singular improvisation actualizes but not exhaust.


Evelyn and Laura
Evelyn and Laura from MA2 will present what they experienced and seen at TEI.
TEI’11 is the fifth international conference dedicated to presenting the latest results in tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction. The work presented at TEI addresses HCI issues, design, interactive art, user experience, tools and technologies, with a strong focus on how computing can finally bridge atoms and bits into cohesive interactive systems. The intimate size of this single-track conference provides a unique forum for exchanging ideas and presenting innovative work through talks, interactive exhibits, demos, hands-on studios, posters, art installations and performances.

They will also perform a story through a super hero costume. Their costume is an artistic example of the integration between knitted textiles and light technology.


No seminar this Tuesday, instead the seminar is on Thursday this week, see below!
This Tuesday there is an individual Feedback session on the written reflection for the Master Students. See you in conference room U413. 


MAREUNROL'S was established in 2002 by the fashion designers Mārīte Mastiņa and Rolands Pēterkops. The emerging fashion brand is based in Riga, Latvia. They are winners of the 24th festival of photography and fashion Hyeres 2009( winning the main awards; Grand Prix L'Oreal and 1,2,3, awards). Mareunrol's collections are concept based where they designed clothes are very often accompanied by specially designed sets, scenography,video projections and installations, photography, i.e. any creative outputs, that can help to tell they story.


Kristina Fridh
Kristina has a PhD in Architecture from Chalmers. She works as a researcher and a coordinator at the research education at HDK in Göteborg, where she also teaches design at both Master and Bachelor levels. From 2006-2009, she was project manager for the research project “Ytans Materialitet” (“The materiality of the surface”). The project focus on the use of different materials in spatial design, connected to different cultures conception about the room, with references to Swedish and Japanese architecture. 


Jenny Bergström
Jenny Bergström is a designer and researcher currently based in Berlin. After graduating from Konstfack in Stockholm 2007 Jenny has been working at the Interactive Institute's Design Research Unit in Stockholm. In 2008 she joined the London based art and design studio Troika where she amongst other projects was working on the installations for the British Pavilion for the World Expo in Shanghai 2010. Trained as a textile designer and with experience from working within other design fields Jenny is interested in the role of the expended field of textiles and investigates in her work how design can both be inspired and fundamentally improved by incorporating methods from fields such as crafts, science, writing and fine arts.  


Marie Dreiman
Other spaces - Other places

Marie Dreiman is Professor in Textile Design at the Swedish School of Textiles and works as a Textile Designer and Interior Architect in her own company "Filter Studio" in Stockholm. 

What is actually a room? Or a space? And Textile Architecture, what is that? With references to professional experience, to others work and to research by travelling she will show examples of other traditions and approaches in creating spaces for life.


Linda Worbin
Västragötaland goes Karnataka

A travel story from India about colour, textile and culture.
This trip was a part of a delegation from VGR (västra götalandsregionen) also a starting point for a collaboration with School of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore, India. During spring 2011 we will start a "smart textile and craft" projekt in smart textile design lab.


Ingo Randolf
500 multinational companies own more than 52 percent of the gross world product. This concentration of power dues to the fact, that the mechanisms are hidden from the view of individuals.


Fredrik Lundberg
Fredrik is the head of design at Peak Performance and a former student from the Swedish School of Textiles, who also worked with Norröna and Haglöfs among others. 
In this seminar he will present his approach to outdoor design, a branch of the business which presents good opportunities for work for those directed towards it.
After the seminar there will be time for individual discussion and feedback. 


Textile Design Students
present their experiences from internships at different companies and student exchange programs.


Peer-review session
On this seminar the master students will give each other individual feedback on the writing exercise. More information will be mailed to all master students. 
There is no lecture this week.


Marcus Jahnke
Design and innovation – a relation not completely unproblematic

Marcus Jahnke is a PhD-student at HDK and Business & Design Lab. Previously, Marcus has worked with issues such as sustainability and genus in relation to design. His dissertation questions whether design is able to contribute to innovation at companies without experience in design. Marcus will tell more about his project together with SVID where a number of “interventions” have been made where designers have shared their experiences to different companies. Marcus will also discuss problems regarding putting too much hopes into innovation and design. Is design really problem solving?   


Kajsa Gunve Eriksson

Concrete Fashion: Dress, Art, and Engagement in Public Space is the title of Kajsa G. Erikssons dissertation, which she finalized in 2010. She is an artist and a senior lecturer at the Swedish School of Textiles. In the dissertation she presents three main projects, THREE, the Mirror Brooch and Transformers. In the dissertation she also presents an idea for a process based artistic method which she calls “performing explorations”.
In the seminar she will present the project Vränga-RAIN where this method has been further explored. This method starts and finishes in the narrative; hence this method has neither start nor end it works as an infinite spiral of passages and transformations.
The project is part of Steneby - The School of Craft and Design newly launched artist in residence program. The project Vränga-RAIN will be presented by a workshop using the guidebook and deck of cards that is part of the projects result and documentations.



No Seminar

MAY 10

No Seminar

MAY 17

Exams Desma1 & Desma2 from 13 in room 725

MAY 24

Margareta Zetterblom

Margareta Zetterblom will defend her Doctoral Dissertation Textile Sound Design in the Gallery.

The opponent is Professor Hilde Hauan Johnsen, Bergen National Academy of the Arts

The members of the grading committee are:Docent Fang Chen, Chalmers University of Technology. Professor Päikki Priha, Alto University/School of art and design. Lektor Vibeke Riisberg, Designskolen Kolding

The Chair at the defence is Håkan Torstensson, University of Borås

MAY 31

Sabine Seymour

This week Sabine Seymour and some of her students from Parsons The New School for Design in New York is visiting The Swedish School of Textiles. At 3pm (not. Change of time) in room 725 Sabine Seymour will give a presentation.

Sabine Seymour is the author of the book Fashionable Technology, you can find more information about Sabines work here:





Introduction for Master Students


Linnéa Nilsson
Report from Milano
Linnéa Nilsson is a Phd student in Textile design and Smart textiles at the Swedish School of Textiles. As a part of her research she went to the Milan furniture fair in April this year. The furniture fair and accompanying exhibitions is the main forum for seeing the latest in furniture design, interior design, textile design, glass design etc. from both established producers and up and coming designers. In the design seminar Linnéa will present a summary of her impression with lots of images and film-clips from the furniture fair and exhibitions in Zona Tortona and Ventura Lambrate.


Hedvig af Ekenstam
- Many design problems carry a textile solution
In my work I turn the tables by employing "soft" materials for stereotypical industrial design products. Inspired from the knit technique I use the floor heating cables as a potential thread to create a new type of radiator. The Knitted Radiator is a light heater to bring with you were you need heat and you may form it any shape you want.
Why does the vacuum cleaner  need to be a hard ungainly machine in a shape of a car, let it be a light, soft  machine that slides around in your home soundless.
The materials textile is a tool for me to think outside the borders in the field of industrial design.


Anna Maria Orru
Biomimicry and closed-loop design processes
Anna Maria Orru is by professional training an ecological architect and a research curator with a wide range of experience in a number of prestigious firms. The foundation of her work is embedded in research, biomimicry, future scenario building, and systems thinking, thus providing an innovative approach in the field of sustainable
design, using a multi-disciplinary collaborative approach to further invite ‘out-of-the-box’ interaction.  She believes that nature provides imaginative and creative solutions to the complex issues we are currently grappling within the built environment.


Johan Öberg
Writing exercise for Master Students.
Johan works at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg. 


Mika Satomi
The Smart Textile Design Lab at our school are happy to have Mika here to join our team for a year as a guest researcher! Mika has studied Graphic Design at Tokyo Zokei University, Media Art at Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Science (IAMAS), Japan. In her practice, her interest is to experiment with technology as a medium of expression and to understand its language capability. Since 2007, she has been collaborating with Hannah Perner-Wilson under the name KOBAKANT. Their projects often involve Wearable Technology, turning one's body into an interface, creating unusual interaction between humans and machines, but also between humans (users) and humans (audience). KOBAKANT pursue their practice with the spirit of Open Source and sharing knowledge.


Anne-Mette Manelius
Anne-Mette is an architect living in Copenhagen. Since August 2008 she is an industrial PhD student working on the architectural perspectives for fabric formed concrete in an industrialised context. Read her blog about her concrete love - concrete and architecture and specifically fabric forming - textiles used as formwork for casting concrete.


Veera Suvalo Grimberg and SPINN!
SPINN is Sweden´s first professional integrated dance company, meaning that it's a company consisting of dancers both with and without functional impairments.
Artistic leader Veera Suvalo Grimberg, some of the dancers in SPINN and choreographer Favela Vera Ortiz (Finland) will do a presentation about the company´s work and they also want to invite the students to some basic movement exercises and a discussion about "Who can claim a space and who´s allowed onto a stage". One of the goals is to find students interested in a collaboration and create costumes for five dancers for the company´s first ever whole-night performance entitled Obscuro. The piece is set to premiere in Gothenburg, April 2011.



Anne Rosén from Syntjuntan
Anne Rosén from Syntjuntan will give a presentation of her own work and also the work of Syntjuntan, an ensemble of female composers, musicians and instrument builders that was visiting our school in January for a workshop. Now, Syntjuntan is interested to collaborate with students from our school. "We have started syntjuntan to meet women's curiosity for technology and electronics, to encourage them to build instruments and other means to facilitate their own experimentation. Syntjuntan want to help women have better self-esteem, so they can take the place needed to implement their ideas, develop their music and meet the audience. In the Syntjunta they create their own synth and get over their possible fear of any technology. It should familiarize themselves with the experimental art music by listening to and talking about or perhaps even to perform a new work to an audience."



Sass Brown
Sass Brown is a full-time professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and lives in Florence, Italy, where she is Resident Director for its overseas programme. She is dedicated to eco-fashion and has created collections for myriad manufacturers, from urban clothing for London’s trend conscious teenagers, to her own signature collection of women’s designer sportswear. She specializes in ethical design practices in the fashion industry and has worked with many women’s cooperatives, most notably in Latin America.


Signe Emdal, Emdal colorknit
Emdal colorknit is a digital knitted brand by the Danish textile designer and artist Signe Emdal. Emdal colorknit presents wearable knitted ONE ITEMS and knitted art


Johan Heinerud
Material Library


*There is no seminar today*


Piem Wirtz
Piem Wirtz is projectmanager at V2_Lab. Her main interest is in wearable technology projects, where she is not only involved from a management perspective but also in the hands-on production of artworks.
Piem holds a Msc in Industrial Design Engineering and is participating as a dancer in the contemporary dance group Dattah.

MONDAY ROOM T216 (the Gallery)--   DECEMBER 20   

--CANCELLED ---  Fredrik Lundberg

--THIS SEMINAR IS CANCELLED - Unfortunately Fredrik is stuck in the European airport situation and will not make it back in time.

Fredrik is the head of design at Peak Performance and a former student from the Swedish School of Textiles, who also worked with Norröna and Haglöfs among others. 
In this seminar he will present his approach to outdoor design, a branch of the business which presents good opportunities for work for those directed towards it.
After the seminar there will be time for individual discussion and feedback. 



Ted Hesselbom
When ends the modernism? and other topical issues in a design museum.

“I'm the manager at the Röhsska Museum of Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts in Göteborg since January 2007 and have a change in mission. Our discipline areas include fashion, design and crafts and I'll talk about history and future of the issues I think are relevant to these topics from our perspective. Topics as collecting, history and style of knowledge.”


Bradley Quinn
Bradley Quinn is an author, journalist, and independent scholar with expertise in fashion, textiles, and design. His books include Techno Fashion, The Fashion of Architecture, Chinese Style, Scandinavian Style, and Mid-Century Modern. 


There is no design seminar this week.
Instead you are welcome to a lecture on Thursday this week at Espira at 13.00 (February 4) held by Syntjuntan (
You are also welcome to the CONCERT that will be held on Friday this week at 15.00, also at Espira (February 5), where participants from the workshop with Syntjuntan will perform on there newly designed textile synthesizers. 


Annika Ekdahl
Understand, innovate, manage?
Annika Ekdahl discusses a possible relation to culture heritage, on the basis of her practice as a textile artists and as visiting professor at HDK in textile art.

"I am, and have probably always been, rooted in the classical textile art. Quite voluntarily. I appreciate and encourage talented and honest experiments. But I think we many times, in our eagerness to be innovative, get a tunnel vision that is restricting, not liberating. The textile art genre is alive and diverse. Searching. Asking questions about human life. It also tells tales about spectacle and clownery – if we listen carefully to stitch after stitch, or weft after weft. Just as when we read, word after word. Or just live life, breath after breath after breath ... " 


Andreas Jacobsson
Andreas has a PhD in film studies and defended his dissertation on the theme of death on film in February 2009. He will give a introductory talk about filmic representation. He will illustrate with extracts from a variety of films from different parts of the world.


This week there is no design seminar due to a clash with Hanna Bolin's Master Examination in the gallery. 


CANCELLED! Lena has unfortunately become sick and will come another time instead. Lena Bergstrom received her art education at the College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm and studied at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. After coming to Orrefors in 1993-1994 to participate in a special design project, Lena was captivated by glass and has been affiliated with Orrefors ever since. Her creations, which are soft of line yet graphically eloquent, represent a new generation of expression. Lena has always seen her work in glass in relationship to a tabletop, which determines the form, dimensions and proportions.


Pernilla Dahlman
Pernilla Dahlman from SVID (the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation), will come and inform about the Summer Design Office. The Summer Design Office generally consists of 4-8 students who work on short, concept-oriented assignments, primarily for small companies. Assignments can also be for municipalities; for example, how a specific location can be made more attractive. The aim is to bring about creative settings that arise when different types of competencies “meet”. Thus, applicants should be prepared to work in groups, learn from others and help clients gain an increased understanding of what design work is and how it can create advantage. 

SVID aims to improve the awareness within the private and public sectors of the importance of design as a competitive tool and to encourage the integration of design methodology into their activities.


Rickard Widerberg
Richard Widerberg is a sound and media artist living in Gothenburg Sweden. He is in his work mainly investigating locative and social dimensions of listening to the environment. Related is his work with solutions to share and publish sounds, for example web based sound maps. Richard is also an active musician playing in different constellations ranging from pop to noise. He develops new interfaces for musical expression for both himself and others, for example a simple loop sampler for mobile phones for improvising with environmental sounds. Richard is teaching sound and new media production at Valand school of Fine Arts at University of Gothenburg and sound art at Media Lab Helsinki at School of Art and Design of Aalto University. He is also regurlarly running experimental sound workshops for young people in various schools. Richard is also part of the media art collective Dånk! based in Göteborg.

Richard will show some of his projects and talk about how to work creatively with technology and interaction as well as collaborations between different disciplines.


Mika Sutomi
Mika is originally from Japan, currently based in Linz, Austria. Her current interest leads her to explore the concept of an urban body extension in the realm of wearable technology. She is one of the designers of the studio KOBAKANT, which collaborations explore the realm of wearable technology as a medium for commenting on technological and social aspects. "Throughout our projects we are conscious of wearability and functionality. We believe in the spirit of humoring technology and a twisted criticism toward the stereotypes it creates. For us, technology is to be hacked, DIYed and modified by everyone to fit our needs and desires."


Masayo Ave
NOTE: This seminar starts 14.00 - 16.00
Masayo is an architect and designer born in Tokyo and currently based in Berlin.  
After collecting many years of experiences in the international design sector, Masayo  took over the leadership of an international design workshop that focuses on "Haptic" - the value of tactile sensitivity, and sensorial aspects in material, working for and with young creators, craftsmen, professionals as well as children from a variety of areas and countries.


Sus Lundgren
This seminar will be about about design critics. 

Sus is a teacher and PhD-student at the interaction design collegium at the It-university in Gothenburg. For example, Sus has developed the course "Aesthetics of Interaction Design". On her website she asks:

"What is aesthetics? The word means “that which can be experienced with the senses”, so it must not necessarily be about beauty, as many think. The Bauhaus, for instance, proposed aesthetics very focused towards functionalism. Undoubtedly designing functionality is an important part of the interaction designer’s work, but should it be the only aesthetic ideal? What does it mean to talk about the aesthetics of interaction? Even if functionality is a goal for the artefact itself, should that include the interaction with it too, or can other parameters be of importance here? If so, which ones? And finally, how can this, the aesthetics of interaction, be discussed, analysed and taught? That, my friends are the main questions in my Ph.D-thesis."

For more info about Sus, visit her website at


Sofia K A Hedman
Sofia Hedman’s central area of interest and expertise is conceptual fashion and art combined with a keen commitment to experimental fashion curation. She has been dedicated to trying to define, or name, and find characteristics of this constantly moving and shifting part of the fashion system that is dysfunctional in its own system. She has further investigated what can be deemed characteristics and codes for avant-garde fashion curation and their implications for contemporary exhibitions.

This seminar will explore what fashion curation is and what can be seen as avant-garde within fashion curation today. It will detail what to consider when curating a fashion exhibition or a group exhibition; how to build up a curatorial narrative and how curators have broken down complex ideas and translated them visually into a three dimensional experimental exhibition design. It will focus on the differences between commercial, museum and art gallery aesthetics.


Rasmus Wingårdh
Rasmus is head of the design department at Filippa  K.


Anna Vallgårda
Anna just started a Post Doc at the Swedsih School of Textiles. She has a PhD in interaction design and study the computer as a material for design. 
"Computers, however, have no expression in and by themselves so in order to study and work with them I develop various "computational composites." The vision is that we through understanding the materiality of computers at some point will be able to work with computers in the same way we work with other more traditional materials like textile, glass, or wood. Current experiments evolve around textiles exploring the possibilities in the structures of textiles."


Laura Barüel
Visions of the North
Laura is an fashion designer educated at the Danish Design school in Copenhagen. Her work focuses on the relation between the modern man and nature.She sees herself as a scientist in a undefined area between design, craft, set design and art. The outcome is experimental fashion design raging from one off exhibition pieces to ready to wear dresses.

In her talk she will focus on themes in relation to life in the nordic countries and the dress and textile tradition of the region. 

MAY 11

Surplus Wonder

Based in Copenhagen, Surplus Wonder is a creative design studio with the core belief that designs with strong concepts generates both economic surplus and creative wonders. There ambition is to move brands and companies forward by creating distinct design solutions that are engaging, demanding and wondrous. They are determined to take design further and therefore launch self-initiated projects that create new answers through critical questioning.

MAY 18

Design Seminar Examination DesMa2
13-17 in room T216

MAY 25

Design Seminar Examination DesMa1
13-17 in room T216