Malin Bobeck is a textile designer and artist, 29 years old, based in Stockholm. Her works currently evolve around light emitting textiles, specializing in weaving with optical fibers. In December 2015 she was awarded the “Encouragement of research” from the Sten A Olsson foundation, with the motivation: “For those who are accustomed to thinking of the woven fabric as something quiet and controlled, the encounter with Malin Bobeck’s work will be bewildering. Her textiles careen, sparkle and switch between different moods. They arouse curiosity and invite us to be tactile. In her still young artistic practice, Malin Bobeck aims to create changing spatial structures in which the latest lighting and interactive technology is combined with handicraft. She is part of a broad movement in craft and design that combines traditional methods with contemporary technology, in an inquiring and inclusive way. Her approach rejuvenates the craft and also creates a new and exciting context for the achievements of engineering science.”
For her exhibition at Fiberspace, Malin has produced four completely new pieces that have never been shown before, all evolving around reflections of water. The work is inspired by the frozen moment of a stopped swirl of paint in water as well as by the calmness and movement that large masses of water have.
Textile designer and artist
WHAT DOES FIBER MEAN TO YOU?
I usually start my projects from a material perspective and different textile fiber is what inspires me. I like to combine unexpected fibers to create unique expressions.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FIBER OR TEXTILE TECHNIQUE?
Weaving, I love to construct weave bindings and figure out how the threads should meet in order to get the structure I want. The more complex the better with several layers and surfaces.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST VIVID TEXTILE MEMORY?
I remember when I was a kid and I saw a lady in the supermarket wearing a fur coat. I just needed to reach out and touch the fur, my mother told me that you cant just touch other people like that but I didn’t care I was amazed with the complexity of the fur. Even today I need to touch things and materials to understand them, sometimes that tells me so much more than looking at them.
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