From toxic waste at the bottom of Malmö's canals to products at Southern Sweden Design Days. Andra formen collaborates with divers to highlight the possibilities of the electric scooter after it has stopped whizzing on the streets of Malmö.
As a part of the collective Andra formen I have worked with redesigning scooters with traditional craft techniques. Our process is material-driven and we always start from an existing material in a situation. The relationship between material, place and circumstance inspires us to see new possibilities.
We let others' bad decisions inspire us and take our starting point in mistakes when we start a new project. How could a material, a place or a phenomenon be made differently? Could it be done better?
At the same time as we are observers in our time, we want to actively change it and work where it is needed. Not to be moralizing but with a twinkle in the eye highlighting the problems we see and as we see them. We focus on working for a better society over our own gain.
Containers Containing Art was an exhibition by curator Mary Toreld who constantly challenges and questions artists' possibilities to show and communicate art. Jaana Alakoski, Simon Marsiglia. Karin Kytökangas, Emmie Jansson, Anna Helmersson, Ludvig Uppman, Johan Stenbeck, Sanna Hajnos are the names of the participating artists. Together with Mary, they invited you to interact and play with art and the mind.
Together with Mary Toreld I designed and built the space inbetween the containers and created a playground for participation and play. Inviting the visitors to rest, play and interact with the surroundings while experiencing and taking in the exhibitions.
CCA:External side of art - Playful Space
MedVind had a portable exhibition platform made for the project B-Art Ungas konst 2017. But the platform was in need of an update and a redesign. The asignment fell on me and together with the board of MedVind we remade the platform.
MedVind wanted a platform that could be transported in a regular car utilizing roof racks and a large trunk. The platform also needed to be relatively light weight and easily assembled by one person. An entire exhibition should be able to be assembled in half an hour to an hour.
With these demangs a new upcycled exhibition platform was designd and created. A few new features were added such as a table that could be converted to at cargo trolley, folding wall and piedestals to raise the focus of any exhibition.
In meeting block printer Ellen Odin we had the oppertunity to learn the ancient technique of carving and pritning with wooden blocks. Using the artistry and guidence of Ellen we explored the traditional technique and applied our own knowledge and expression to evolve. By seeing the artisan technique through the new eyes of the maker and digital manufacturer we wanted to explore the technique in a new setting.
By disecting the technique, materials and tools used we went on a journey to find the core of the artistic expression. Using these insights as a base in our own creative process we adapted our own manufacturing methods to make our own print blocks and a small collection of blocks prints as well as products.
We integrated currently available digital manufacturing techniques such as laser cutting and 3D-printing to create pattens and to observe the possibilities, opportunities and limitations that the given material and manufacturing process have. We explored local and foreign materials in our quest to find sustaiability but at the same time transmute the technique and adapt it so it can be used by a wider public.
Adrienn Görgényi, textile artist and founder of Dye Lab Malmö is a textile product developer who works with various textile dyeing and printing techniques, pattern cutting, various sewing techniques, dye plants and the development of sustainable textiles for a more circular economy. And Susanne Månsson, basket weaver, hobby crafter and textile enthusiast who has a huge interest in all kinds of handicrafts and design.
Read more about the project on Dye Labs webpage and see an interview with ellen Odine here
Earth to table 2.0 is a play on words about the circularity and environmental impact food has on our life and our planet. From earth to table is a philosophy regarding the sustainability of how our food is produced and how we should take responsability for it and our environment. This project focuses on the sustainability of clay and local eartheware as a sustaiable practice concerning the life cycle of ceramics and ceramic glaze. Highlighting not only our food but also the vessels it is served on.
Scaninan clay have been used for centuries and Scania is famous for "fylelera" a locally mined stoneware clay, suposedly magically easy to throw. But the production of ceramics is a finite practice since clay and the minerals used for glaze have local and limited deposits. This creates a problem for the circularity and sustianability of clay vessels. Once fired the clay and glaze changes their physical properties and can not any longer be shaped or when broken used.
The project Från Jord till bord 2.0 explores and examines how locally mined clay and broken clay vessels can be incorporated in the process of making new objects. Could petrified vessels be used as a part not only in new objects but also in the glaze for new objects? Exploring the posibility of recyceling broken clay vessels and their effect on new objects in form, function and durability.
Jord till bord 2.0
In slavic tradition the Bear symbolises spring. When the bear wakes from his slumber and emerges from his hibernation it is a sign that spring has come.
With the story about the bear emerging from his winter slumber and the pivoting role he plays as a bringer of spring I wish to give fokus to the ritualistic aspect of the story. The bear decided if the world is ready for his arrival or not, the bear writes his own story and decides what is to come.
In Bear with Me the Bear symbolise the people who are hiding, waiting for their time to emerge. In society today there are several groups that hide and will bring change to the world and future. Change that might be for good or worse, but the power of changes lies in their hands much like the hibernating bear bringing spring and deciding if the winter is over and there once more will be food.
In my work the mask is both the center of the ritual about bringing forth change, and the safety of anonymity for the wearer. Whoever wears the mask does it to hide themselves from the harsh winter and hate of other people. Only when the bearer is feeling safe will he remove the mask and that will only happen when we embrace spring.
Paper, wool yarn, thread, glue
Exhibited at Medvedi Belgrade 2016
Bear with Me
Collaboration with Jack Dahlén where an installation based on the waste materials from the Makers Space FBRKN was created. Since we both have a fokus on sustaiability and work to minimize waste in our own work we saw all the waste materials at the maker space as an opertunity to create and at the sam time show others how much they wasted.
With the waste from the maker space we built a whole city modelled on our own home town Malmö. We wanted to use the windows at STPLN not only as a flat canvas but to build in three dimensions and show FBRKNs mebers that their waste could build a city if they just used it right. With the use of to many LEDs to count and an Arduino micro controller we created light and life in the city following the pulsing beat of our own town Malmö.
Curator: Oyuki Matsumoto for STPLN-Stapelbädden / Magnus Johansson & Rasmus Alkestrand for Little Finger Film and Editing: César A. Ortiz
MDF, glue, paper, LEDs, electronics
Exhibited at STPLN Malmö December 2015
Kreatech - Creative Technologies in the Classroom.
A tree year project at STPLN in collaboration with Arduino Verkstad financed by Arvsfonden.
With Kreatech, we built a “creative workshop environment” where young people have space to experiment with digital technology and practical construction projects. It is aimed partly at schools but also at children and young people during their free time. With technology, teaching and a ready makerspace we set out to teach technology