8 December 2018

Award-winning talents

Every year, the Siv and Carl Malmsten Memorial Foundation awards scholarships to stimulate the development of living Swedish craftsmanship. The recipients are young talents, who are or have been pupils at one of Carl Malmsten’s schools, and the aim is to promote Carl Malmsten’s vision of the high value of practical competence coupled with artistic flair. 
On 7 December 2018, the recipients were awarded money and flowers at a ceremony at the Almgren Sidenväveri Museum in Stockholm.

Katarina Frifarare, Estelle Bourdet, Felicia Wallner and Linnéa Eriksson are pupils at Capellagården. They are all studying Textiles, with the exception of Felicia Wallner, who is an apprentice cabinet maker. She received 15,000 SEK towards work on her qualifying piece, a cupboard with inlaid aluminium stars. In the cupboard she plans to keep art materials, lots of pencils, sketch pads and paints.

Katarina Frifarare has found a home in textile craft “and its infinite soft sea to draw from”. With the 10,000 SEK she received, she is going to carry on learning about and investigating the many techniques within the craft. Estelle Bourdet also received 10,000 SEK for the in-depth study of different carpet weaving techniques to enable her to weave in large formats. The same sum was awarded to Linnéa Eriksson, who previously studied ceramics at the school. She has now found the perfect mix of what she learned within ceramic sculpture and textiles – hats!

The apprentice cabinet makers Edvin Steen, My Magnusson and Arvid Renard at Capellagården received scholarships of 10,000 SEK or 15,000 SEK. Mina Karami, who is studying ceramics at the school on Öland received 10,000 SEK.

Alexandra Folin

Alexandra Folin received 15,000 SEK from Malmstens towards work on her qualifying piece in upholstery. She has chosen to work on a Danish armchair that she wants to give to her parents on their 30th wedding anniversary in June – just as Alexandra finished her third year at Malmstens. Klara Gunneström and Elsa Thorell Nordgren who are also studying upholstery at Malmstens received 15,000 SEK each. The latter sees a future in working with both old and new furniture, and hopes to be able to combine the traditional upholstery profession with a more artistic approach. “Being involved in designing new pieces of furniture, but also finding inspiration and knowledge from the old ones.”

Elsa Thorell Nordgren

The following apprentice cabinet makers at Malmstens received scholarships of 10,000 SEK or 15,000 SEK: Unni Strid, Robin Helgesson, Robert Landström, Oscar Wall, Victor af Wetterstedt, Gustav Larsson, John Funkqvist and Fredrik Höjer.