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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 Weaving: Where does the picture start?" 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.
Emelie Röndahl was recently an artist in residence at the Textile Arts Center (TAC) in Brooklyn, New York (2014-2015). 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 the Swedish Arts Council for their National Collection (2014).
Collaborative experiences include participation in Skver! art project - an art project at the Shipyard Skver, Mali Losijn, Croatia, where she constructed a large-scale tapestry in collaboration with comic artist and friend Anna Ehrlemark (2014). Between 2014-2015 she was part of the working group at the Textile Arts Center as guest teacher of fiber art at Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies and in TAC After-School programme in West Village, New York. In 2016 she had two solo shows with her tapestries: at Friends of Handicraft (Handarbetets Vänner) in Stockholm and at the old spinning factory Rydals Museum in Mark, Sweden.
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.
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.