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25.05.2015 — 01.06.2015

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 
couture creations.  
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 
website: (link) 
(from May 20)
Contact  person All Russian Museum of Decorative Arts: name, phone, email. 
Contact person Swedish Institute: Project Manager Jenny Bergström, +4684537951, 
Participating designers: 
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 
new dimensions”.