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!

International group of artists take on residency at a unique textile innovation environment in Umeå, Northern Sweden

umbraco.MacroEngines.DynamicXml Photo: From top left Austeja Platukyte, Catharina Carlsson. From bottom left Nanny Rådenman, Clara Sullà

Sliperiet, a research and innovation centre at Umeå Arts Campus, is yet again welcoming innovators in the field of wearables, smart textiles and textile-based arts and craft. After much deliberation from the jury, four applicants from a large and varied pool of talent from all over the world. They will now develop their practice in the unique SoftLab maker space- embedded in the local creative community, and with business support from specialised creative incubator Expression Umeå.

The hive of the programme is SoftLab, a unique prototyping environment and maker space at Umeå Arts Campus. Here, sewing machines are customised for making circuits with conductive threads and a unique printer with built in heater allows for direct digital colourfast printing on natural fibre. Other tools include tufting gun, digital knitting machines, laser and vinyl cutters, industrial sewing machines, 3Dprinters, laser cutters, 3Dscanners, a range of software for digital design and manufacturing and more.

A donation from the Hakon Swenson Foundation and collaboration with the incubator Expression Umeå has made possible the comprehensive programme that includes workshop access, technical expertise, business coaching and a stipend of 60k SEK per participant. The programme enables exceptional artists and innovators to develop their practice, to play freely with new tools and in the process to connect with the local creative community.

- Previous participants have developed amazing ideas, and connected with local creatives, artists and researchers for collaborations that have lasted way beyond the scope of the programme, says Linnéa Therese Dimitriou, Creative Director at Sliperiet.

Previous participants have gone on to great things.  Maria Castellanos and Alberto Valverde, recipients in 2017, used their time at SoftLab to develop an interactive wearable artwork that has since been shown widely.  The piece- Symbiotic Interaction - received a prestigious award at the Look Forward Fashion Tech. Other programme graduates include wearables designer Ricardo O'Nascimento and Swedish fashion outsider Minna Palmqvist who explores feminist issues around the body through a combination of sculptural installations and ready-to-wear.

A new addition for the 2018 round is the tailored business support from Expression Umeå- an incubator for the creative industries at Umeå Arts Campus.

- We will offer specialist advice and business coaching to support the participants- whether they are launching a specific product, a new service- or they wish to develop their general entrepreneurship skills, says Marlene Johansson who is CEO of Expression Umeå.


Residents 2018

Joining the SoftLab Programme 2018 are: textile based artist Clara Sullà from Spain, materials and design researcher Austeja Platukyte of Lithuania, Stockholm based textile artist Nanny Rådenman and local maker and milliner Catharina Carlsson.

Clara Sullà has developed her practice in Vienna, London and Egypt to specialise in textile based, often large scale work. In the last ten years she has designed and made sculptural costumes and scenography for the opera and theatre, including huge puppets for outdoor performances. Sullà will use her time in Umeå to experiment with textile based tactile panels, forming installations that invite audience interaction and that explore the possibilities for visual and sensory effects.

Austeja Platukyte is a Lithuanian materials and design researcher.  Her interests include the social, economic and psychological dimensions of the transformation of materials. The finished objects ask questions around consumption and ecology, and seek to discover alternative design methods that resist the logic of universality, functionality and overall beauty standards dictated by large-scale industry. Currently Platukyte is working on a new bio-based material made of recycled textile waste called PLASTEX. She seeks to transform today's waste into tomorrow's raw materials, to create new value for the future and to contribute to a more sustainable world

Nanny Rådenman is a textile artist with training from Kawashima Textile School in Japan. Rådenman takes inspiration from the natural world and everyday textiles. She expresses appreciation for the seemingly simple expression of fabrics, achieved through highly accomplished calculation and intricate networks of thread. Rådenman will develop a textile interactive woven material at SoftLab, that reacts to proximal movement.

Catharina Carlsson is the first local recipient of the SoftLab scholarship. Carlsson runs a milliner studio outside of Umeå and has made hats for production at the opera house Norrlandsoperan. She often uses unexpected materials and experimental techniques in her creations that have made it to the pages of international fashion publications such as Italian Vogue. Carlsson will make use of the digital fabrication facilities at Sliperiet to develop a streetwear collection with a surprising twist.


Press contacts

Contact details for the programme participants, and additional images:
Eva J:son Lönn
Communication Officer, Sliperiet, Umeå university
+46 (0)730-64 77 50

Questions about SoftLab:
Emma Ewadotter
Process Coordinator, SoftLab, Sliperiet, Umeå university
+46 (0)70 233 1237

Questions about the programme:
Linnéa Therese Dimitriou
Creative Director, Sliperiet, Umeå university
+46 70 653 0871

Contact for business incubator Uminova Expression:
Marlene Johansson
CEO/ Business Coach
+46 70 674 9539