About SoftLab Residency Scholarship
The SoftLab Residency and Scholarship, funded by Hakon
Swenson foundation, gives creators and innovators 60,000 SEK
and the opportunity to develop their practice in Sliperiet's
workshops for three months. The hive of the programme is SoftLab, a
unique prototyping environment and maker space with prototyping
tools related to textiles and wearable techs. 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.
The programme is aimed at artistic professionals and innovators,
linked to the textile and fashion industry or trade. In addition to
the scholarships, the recipients also get access to technical
equipment and technical support.
New for this year is that the comprehensive programme is run in
collaboration with eXpression Umeå, an incubator for cultural and
creative industries. The collaboration means that recipients will
also be given the opportunity to develop their businesses with the
help of business coaches and industry experts.
The four recipients, who in fierce competition, were awarded the
SoftLab's Residency Scholarship for 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.
Find out more about Clara and her work at: www.clarasulla.com and www.textiltactil.com
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.
Find out more about Austeja and her work at www.austejaplatukyte.com
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
Find out more about Nanny and her work at: www.nannyradenman.com
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
Find out more about Catharina and her work at:
Since 2016 eight people have received the SoftLabs
Residency Scholarship, including this year's recipients. Previous
participants have, in addition to new contacts and collaborations,
developed amazing ideas and artwork which has drawn a lot of
Previous recipients are the artist duo María Castellanos and
Alberto Valverde, Minna
Palmqvist and Ricardo
María Castellanos and Alberto
Valverde explore relationships and intersections
between man machine, often through interactive garments and
wearables. During their time at Sliperiet they for example
developed the interactive portable artwork Symbiotic Interaction.
The result has been shown internationally and, among other things,
was awarded at the French festival Look Forward Fashion Tech. More
about the duo is to be found at uh513.com.
Minna Palmqvist works with feminist issues and
ideas around the body - and the social body- in the realms of
fashion and art. She used her residency to explore digital
tailoring and making tools such as laser cutting, scanning and
various software. The mannequins from the project No
Body were 3D scanned.
Ricardo O'Nascimento developed several
artefacts within wearables and smart textiles, during his residency
period. Among other things, shoes for dancers that create
soundtracks based on their movements. Ricardo found collaboration
with fellow artist-in-residence Minna Palmqvist resulting in the
project 'Lazy Burlesque'.
Questions about the SoftLab Residency
and Scholarship programme
Linnéa Therese Dimitriou
Creative Director, Sliperiet
Contact details for the programme
Eva J:son Lönn
Communication Officer, Sliperiet