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Emelie Röndahl is an artist weaver and currently undertaking PhD studies in Craft at the Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK) in Gothenburg, Sweden. Emelie also earned a MFA in 2012 at HDK, with one exchange semester at Art Academy of Oslo (KHiO), Norway. She also studied two years of traditional (Swedish) weaving at two different Folk High Schools, a Scandinavian institution for adult education that functions as a preparatory scheme for higher crafts education.
"Rya Narratives - Reflections on Time in a Handweaving Practice", is the current title of her PhD project, which she began in 2016 as a practice-based research in hand-weaving that investigates low resolution pictures in fluffy overgrown pixels woven in a traditional manner with wool-piles on a linen warp. The project’s written text and rya weaving occupy a personal perspective, structured around interests in the subjects of labour, history and time consuming activity.
2018-2019 she took part of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial making a collaborative weaving project with participants from all over the world. The project, titled “Google Weaving Stop-time”, was exhibited at Salt Galata in Istanbul September–November, Atelier Luma in France and C-Mine in Genk (Belgium).
2018 she was also part of the exhibition "Art of Labor" at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, in California US.
Another recent event was a 2-months Artist in Residency at Nova Iskra, Belgrade, Serbia, as a grant holder form Swedish IASPIS, during fall 2018.
Some earlier achievement is a two-months Artist Residency at Hotel Chevillion, Grex Sur Loing, France in 2012, and a field trip to Japan participating in a Kasuri-weaving workshop at Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto, 2012.
She is a recipient of the Swedish Arts Committee´s International Program, IASPIS, six month Artist Residency in Stockholm, Sweden (2013), creating a work later acquired by Public Art Agency Sweden for their national collection (2014).
Emelie Röndahl was recently an artist in residence at the Textile Arts Center (TAC) in Brooklyn, New York (2014-2015).
2019 included participation of Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design, an award and a touring group exhibition in Sweden and abroad. In fall 2019 she was exhibited during GIBCA Extended part of the Gothenburg Biennial at Galleri Konstepidemin. She also co-organised a weaving symposium and open event at Röhsska Museum (Gothenburg) with Rosa Tolnov Clausen under the title "The Weaving Workshop Revisited".
Forthcoming is an exhibition at RIAN Designmuseum (Sep 2020) and Stockholm Craft Week at Fiberspace Gallery (Oct 2020).
Emelie Röndahl lives and works outside of Gothenburg in Örby/Kinna, a historical textile region where crafts like spinning and weaving continue to be part of local lives.
She has woven since 2006.