International artists receive a scholarship and business development
During the fall, four new fellow students – selected artists and innovators in textile and fashion – will be welcomed to Sliperiet and eXpression Umeå. There, they will work with artistic exploration, idea and product development at Sliperiet’s workshops, and offer professional coaching in business development. The opportunity has attracted a large number of applicants from all over the world.
With the help of Hakon Swenson Foundation, the artists, who have a wide variety of backgrounds, are awarded scholarships by Sliperiet and advice on eXpression Umeå. The scholarship will allow artists to develop their internships with access to Sliperiets workshops and technical support for three months in order to realize ambitious and experimental projects.
“Being able to get support from our business developers and industry experts at Expression, they also have the opportunity to test their entrepreneurship, further develop their products and get support in their business,” says Marlene Johansson, CEO, Expression Umeå.
– Expression program is an addition that undoubtedly gives this bet an extra focus. We are very pleased to be able to offer this year’s fellows the best in terms of production environments as well as business development, and look forward to welcoming this year’s group of young promising creators, “said Emma Ewadotter, SoftLab Operator at Sliperiet.
Previously, SoftLab fellowships have, in addition to contacts and collaborations, generated works and ideas that attracted much attention. 2017 fellows Maria Castellanos and Alberto Valverde developed, for example, an interactive portable work of art, Symbiotic Interaction, during his time at Sliperiet. The result has been shown internationally and, among other things, was awarded by the French festival Look Forward Fashion Tech.
2018 SoftLab fellows
The four who receive the Softlab scholarship 2018 are textile artist Clara Sullà from Spain, material researcher, and product designer Austeja Platukyte from Lithuania, Stockholm-based textile artist Nanny Rådenman and Modist Catharina Carlsson from Umeå.
Clara Sullà has developed his art practice in Vienna, London, and Egypt, and is increasingly specialized in textile materials. For the past ten years, she has designed and created fire resistant, waterproof and large-scale “sculptural costumes” for opera and theater as well as stage sets with textile artwork. In the autumn, Clara will produce interactive textile-based tactile panels that can be placed on walls or floors. The focus will be on innovative textures and forms of new visual and sensory effects.
Austeja Platukyte is a material designer and product designer based in Lithuania internationally. She is interested in both the practical and social, economic and psychological transformation of materials. In her project, she works experimental and interdisciplinary. The subjects ask questions about consumption and ecology. She tries to develop new design methods beyond the logic of mass production and common ideas about beauty, functionality, and universality – with the goal of creating new values for a more sustainable future. During his stay in Umeå, Austeja will develop bioplastics with textile waste as raw material.
Nanny Rådenman is a textile artist, trained at, among others, Kawashima Textile School in Japan, and now active in Stockholm. Nanny appreciates the simple expression of a weave or embroidery, which in fact is often built up by a complicated wire system. She finds her inspiration in nature and everyday textiles. During the fall, Nanny will develop a connected textile – a fabric that moves as you approach the work.
Catharina Carlsson lives and works in Umeå and has, among other things, performed as a rival in the Norrlandsoperan. Catharina works experimentally in her hat manufacturing and is happy to use unexpected materials and techniques. Several of her creations have been on the prize pool in hat competitions and published in the international fashion press. In the fall, Catharina will use digital manufacturing technology to produce a streetwear collection of everyday hats with a surprising twist.