WELCOME TO CURIOSUM (former Sliperiet)

In April 2019, Sliperiet changed it´s name to Curiosum and merged with the science center Umevatoriet. This autumn we will take the next step. and together with our tenants move into the renewed premises of Sliperiet at Arts Campus at Umeå University.

In 2020 Curiosum will open. A new science center, to inspire young and old with science and technology. We believe curiosity can change the world.

Look out for our new website coming soon!

Traditional craftsmanship meets modern production techniques

umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml Jag ville uppnå effekten att folk drog med fingret över broderiet för att känna om det verkligen var sytt på trä. Det gjorde de också, säger Lene Rydningen, masterstudent i Interaktionsdesign.

Create textiles that provide unexpected tactile disorders! It was the challenge the last year's master students in interaction design received in connection with a week's workshop in Softlab at Sliperiet. Lene Rydningen adopted it by combining old craft traditions with new technology - sewing and embroidery with laser cutting of wood.

Lene Rydningen from Norway is studying her final year at the master's course in Interaction Design at Umeå Institute of Design. She started her design studies in order to find a balance between creativity and technical thinking. This balance was also expressed in the creation she designed in conjunction with the workshop, a bag in laser-cut wood veneer with cross stitch embroidery and a lining of furniture fabric.

 - Usually you see embroidery on soft fabrics. I thought it was exciting to use something that usually does not have a soft look and give it a soft expression, embroidery on smoothly curved wood. It's exciting to go from a flat and inelastic surface to something that's different. I also wanted to do something that felt northern Sweden, a minimalist embroidery with flowers growing along the roadside, like daisies and red clover. I had to improvise, and think about what material and what glue that would work. It was also a challenge to get the needle through the wood, says Lene.

How did you experience the week in SoftLab?

 - It felt like time went way too fast. It was nice to see and try all the technical resources available at Sliperiet, such as advanced embroidery machines, overlock sewing machines and laser cutters that you do not buy privately. It was surprisingly that the equipment was so professional and at the same time easy to use for beginners. Once you have tried the technology, it is easier to transfer it to your own future jobs, which I will also do.

What was the highlight of the workshop?

I myself have been sewing and embroidering a lot. Therefore, I thought it was extra fun to see how my fellow students, many of whom were beginners in textile creation, mastered the sewing after just one week. They dared to take chances, and, for example, sew a shirt and a dress with precision. It was an effect of that we received good training and supervision in Softlab, which created security and courage to test limits.