Sometimes it’s great to be inspired by flipping through a magazine or a book. One of my recent favourites when it comes to design is the Swedish book Do Redo – the art of butchering a sweater. The procedure is simple: You wash a woollen sweater in the washing machine at 60 degrees Celsius. It’ll then undertake a felting process (= shrink and turn into felt). Afterwards this felt is a perfect material for sewing caps, mittens, legwarmers, teddy bears, bags etc. It’s warm and soft, you can cut it and it will not unravel, besides I like concept of recirculating your worn out or not-longer-modern clothes. At the moment I’m experimenting with a few models before I introduce it to my students.
Another great source of inspiration is the Swedish crafting magazine Hemslöjden published by The Swedish Crafting Society/ Hemslöjdsföreningarnas Riksförbund. I´ve started to subscribe half a year ago. Sweden seems to have a very vivid crafting movement and a complex and strong tradition to draw upon. Swedish craft and design draws on this legacy but don’t dwell in the past. The tradition lays the ground but the designs are carried out in a very up-to-date manner. All the issues have been great to look at and to extract ideas from!