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
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
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.