- EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
- PERMANENT EXPOSITION
25.05.2015 — 01.06.2015
"IN THE WORKSHOP - FASHION AND CRAFTS"
Fashion and Craft - exhibition raises questions about traditions and crafts in contemporary design
What role do crafts and traditional knowledge play in contemporary fashion design? In a
collaboration between the All Russian Museum of Decorative Arts in Moscow and the Swedish
Institute in Stockholm, three Russian and three Swedish designers have been invited to reflect on
the question in an exhibition where the designers' own works are displayed along with objects
from the museum's collections. During the exhibition week workshops will be held in which the
audience can meet the participating designers and learn about their design process, and a 36-hour
open workshop with focus on recycling where everyone is welcome to contribute to a common
work of art.
In recent years, craft related issues are once again highly topical in both Sweden and Russia. When it
comes to fashion, consumers are getting more eager to know where, how and by whom a garment
has been produced, and more and more make themselves, something that the international maker
movement is a sign of. But how does the fashion designers themselves relate to crafts and traditional
With the aim of highlighting these issues and create a forum for exchange between Russian and
Swedish designers, the All Russian Museum of Decorative Arts in Moscow and the Swedish Institute
in Stockholm has joined forced in a project to which three Russian and three Swedish designers - who
in different ways are inspired by or use crafts techniques in their making - have been invited to
display own works in an exhibition, and reflect on their the them in an interview. Each designer has
also selected a few objects from the museum collections that will be displayed along with the
creators’ garments and jewelry.
The three Russian designs - Nadia Konrad (Gwynt), Svetlana Salnikova (Fy:r Clothes )and Natalia
Timakova - are all relatively new graduates but are already running or are about to start their own
fashion company. Natalia works in the innovative future of materials, Svetlana cares about the
small-scale and locally produced crafts and Nadia describes how the perception of the handmade
is changing in Russia.
- This is no longer something that’s only associated with the old Soviet era. It’s a general trend,
as for instance in the slow fashion movement. Just like in the world around us we want to buy
handmade things so as to get something unique, to control the manufacturing process and to
change consumption habits, says Nadia Konrad.
Sweden is represented by the designer and artist Johanna Törnqvist, who in her newest project
Precious Trash is up-cycling garbage, Emelie Ahlnér, who is inspired by old knowledge but is working
in new technologies, and Carolina Rönnberg (Wilhja) who slowly and carefully sculpts her haute
The Fashion and Craft project takes place between May 25 to June 1 and consists of different parts;
the exhibition, workshops with all designers and an open 36-hour workshop where all interested can
try out various textile techniques and contribute to a collective artwork that will take shape in the
museum park the weekend of May 30 to 31.
- The heart of the exhibition consists of the exchange of ideas and knowledge - between past and
present, between fashion talents from both countries, and between designers and visitors. Fashion
and Craft presents the meeting between craft practice and new thinking. This is one of the keys to
building an innovative and sustainable future as we see it, says Rebecca Ahlstedt, exhibition curator
at the Swedish Institute.
For further information and registration for the workshop designs, please visit the museum's
(from May 20)
Contact person All Russian Museum of Decorative Arts: name, phone, email.
Contact person Swedish Institute: Project Manager Jenny Bergström, +4684537951,
Svetlana Salnikova, Moscow, Russia
Svetlana is the co-creator of the brand Fy:r clothes created in 2014. The name is inspired by
the Swedish word for lighthouse. The idea of the brand is the beauty of “dissonance”. It can
be shown in ideas, colours, textures and techniques used in the collections. Svetlana is
greatly interested in combining traditional heritage with contemporary techniques.
Nadia Konrad, Moscow, Russia
Nadia recently graduated from the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow. For
Nadia, handcraft represents a quality of uniqueness and timelessness deeply rooted in the
past, traditions, culture and memory. In her fashion she aims at combining traditions with
modern trends; rethinking cuts and reworking traditional knowledge with new technology.
Natalia Timakova, Moscow, Russia
Natalia is an artist who recently moved into fashion design. She works with innovative
materials and creates complicated 3-D sculptural works. Traditional Russian crafts and styles
have been an important influence. Immersed in traditions she has found new inspiration for
her current work.
Carolina Rönnberg , Vilhelmina, Sweden
is a young fashion designer with a great passion for her craft. Her designs are a far cry from
the minimalism often associated with Swedish fashion and are as much high fashion and
couture as art. In her own words: alternative luxury or expressive elegance.
Johanna Törnqvist, Gnesta, Sweden
makes jewellery and garnments out of recycled textile and plastic materials. She uses trash
and throwaways from her own and her family and friends’ consumption of daily waste and
packaging material. She is refining waste, pleated and stitched together with the same
precision as haute couture. She wants her work to contribute to the ongoing debate about
sustainability in the fashion industry.
Emelie Ahlnér, Gothenburg, Sweden
Recently graduated from The Swedish School of Textiles in Borås, Emelie takes folklore
patterns into the future with the help of technology and new materials like fibre optics and
led lamps. Her much talked-about degree project Kurbitch! won a prize from the Swedish
Fashion Council with the citation: “The Kurbitch! collection is giving heritage and tradition