New Designers: The Swedish School of Textiles Borås | Weavers


Agata Ciechomska holds a Master of Fine Arts in Textile Design from The Swedish School of Textiles. Her work explores colour perception in relation to material, colour and light through
weaving and hand-tufting.

Color in Loops
Exploring colour perception in relation to light in weaving and handtufting technique

The motivation for this work is based on the challenge to the preconception of handtufting through material, colour and light. When imagining a rug, a very specific image appears in our mind. Some details of that image could vary from person to person, but what is almost certain, dense and heavy, probably made out of wool, woven textile will pop up in front of our eyes.

This work explores new expressions of hand-tufted textiles achieved by the material driven research.

The investigation proves that qualities of monofilament yarn have a great ability to enhance colours as well as add certain kind of lightness to the handtufted piece. Furthermore, the transparency of monofilament yarn allows an interplay between the loops and the woven backing, opening up to a new patterns and changes in colour perception.


Maike Schultz

Textile Designer, specialized in Jacquard weaving, graduated with a MA in Textile
Design in 2017 from The Swedish School of Textiles in BorÃ¥s, Sweden. With her degree work  ‘The Clothes I Live In’ she observed the daily contact between the body and garments focusing on the actions of dressing, wearing and undressing.

The Clothes I Live In

Where are we when we dress? Are we consciously present? Does something of the body stay in a garment when it is undressed? How does the body affect our garments when wearing them?

Motivated by these questions and a general interest in the relation between the body and garments, this work explores our daily contact with clothing, looking particularly at the cycle of dressing, wearing and undressing.

Images of garments are generated through photographing and scanning, capturing garment details, folds, surface-structures and snapshots of movement. These are translated into woven images by the technique of jacquardweaving. With a shading technique, a 3D-garment is turned into a flat weave keeping the 3D qualities present in the picture.

Each of the images illustrates another part within the constantly changing relation between the body and garments, picturing the body’s absence and presence as well as its impact on the garments’ shape and surface.

This results in a variety of woven images pointing out the different stages within the cycle of dressing, wearing and undressing. By using the image as a tool, its pictorial value of capturing moments of change and succession is emphasized.

Christina Maschke, Master of Fine Arts in Fashion and Textile Design with Specialization in Textile Design

The Patterned Thread – new textiles inspired by ikat
The work of this master thesis develops a new approach to hand weaving in which the design process is led by the technique of resistant dyeing. It is inspired by the visual properties of traditional ikats and follows the technical procedure of the ikat process of primary resistant dyeing and subsequently weaving.

The design project explores the interrelation between resistant dyeing and hand weaving within the ikat process and how certain components of the aesthetic expression can be already predicted in the beginning of the making process. The aim of this project is to create an approach of how to produce new aesthetic expression through manipulation and abstraction of the ikat process and the imitation of the ikat characteristics. Exploring the textile properties and how they can be manipulated in order to create something unusual and extraordinary.

This work questions the essence of traditional craft by demonstrating a new aesthetic take on a traditional technique through the combination of hand weaviend and indigo dyeing.


Text & Images: with thanks to the Designers

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