SoftLab Residency Scholarship

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.


Residents 2018

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: and


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


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.

Find out more about Nanny and her work at:


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.

Find out more about Catharina and her work at:


Previous Recipients

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 attention.

Previous recipients are the artist duo María Castellanos and Alberto Valverde, Minna Palmqvist and Ricardo O'Nascimento.

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

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 participants
Eva J:son Lönn
Communication Officer, Sliperiet