where the wild grows



Handarbetets Vänner has been operating weaving school since 1881. Today, we offer a variety of courses in advanced textile handicraft and textile art, ranging from full-time Advanced Diploma Level to Foundation Level. The education is given by experts and pedagogues in textile craft techniques and we put a great emphasis on the individual artistic expression – as well as profound textile craft skills.

Every year, 48 students develop their skills in our three-year-long full-time course and about 300 students attend short courses during weekends and evenings. Since 1st of July 2015, the school is conducted under the supervision of The Arts and Culture courses which includes well established and recognized post-secondary artistic educations. Students enrolling for full time courses are eligible to apply for grants.



By - Clara Cardell

Grobladet is Swedish for "the broadleaf plantain" and it was my final project at Friends of Handicraft. I dyed the yarn and wove the fabric at home, because the school was closed due to the coronavirus. I then sewed the leaf together by hand. It was exhibited in the school´s gallery during the summer of 2020. The idea for this project emerged because I was having a very anxious time in my life and just wanted to relax. It was really bad timing as I felt like I was supposed to make my biggest and best artwork yet. I just wanted to lie down, so I thought I might as well make the comfiest, most calming blanket ever. The reason it's in the shape of a broadleaf plantain is because they grow in the place where I feel most at peace: by the tiny house my family rents in the archipelago. They represent calm, good times for me. Everything's fine by the broadleaf plantains.


By - Julia Olofsson

With a green wave of people starting to grow their own food in an urban setting, new demands for storage arises. Through evaporative cooling, DUNSTA creates an environment similar to that of the root cellar, but for a modern living arrangement - allowing harvested fruits and vegetables to stay crispy and fresh longer, without using electricity.

KOLDBY 1495:-

By - Lykke Lindmark

Koldby 1495:- is a summary of the questions amassed three years of handicraft studies. Boiled down to a single theme - what is my craft worth?


By - Tove Hofsten

In this work I have explored a weaving technique based on that you always step on two pedals simultaneously. This gives you the possibility to break the arranged pattern at any given time. The result is one fabric, but woven as two. Starting the project I wanted an answer to what interruptions in the pattern does to the final fabric. But as the project proceeded focus shifted to the question about how you as a weaver are affected by the freedom given to you by having the opportunity to interrupt and change, not only the pattern but also, the physical and mental experience of weaving.


By - Vera Halla

In this work I explored my own feelings of isolation during this pandemic, my constant longing for the people I am not allowed to see and the places I now am not allowed go. Faces and island merge into places that someone is yet to discover.