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Making a living: Maria Andersson + Anton Alvarez

9th October, 13.00-15.30

Presentations by Maria Andersson and Anton Alvarez

13:00 Maria Andersson

14:00 Anton Alvarez

15:00 Discussion moderated by Markus Bergström

Markus Bergström is based in Gothenburg Markus Bergström teaches design at HDK alongside his design practice. A central topic in both academic and studio work is to interrogate the built structure and its related spaces on a floating scale between furniture and architecture. Markus trained product design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, and later at The Royal College of Art, London, graduating in 2006. He has taught at a number of universities including Central Saint Martins, Hochschule Luzern, SVA, Cass and Goldsmiths.

In english.

Maria Andersson

Maria is based in Berlin and Årjäng. After graduating from HDK three years ago she’s been working with weaving, both from an artistic perspective and as craft. Her practice departs from the loom and the preparatory moments that it requires. During this process she tries to pause and find weight, importance and clarity from the simple which in her latest project involves three-dimensional objects. Parallell to her own artistic practice she’s employed by a Swedish artist and together with four weavers she’s running a textile studio in Berlin.

Anton Alvarez

Currently Stockholm based Swedish-Chilean Anton Alvarez is a 2012 graduate from the Royal College of Art in London. Alvarez originally studied cabinetmaking before completing an Interior Architecture and Furniture Design course at Konstfack. Alvarez’s work focuses on the design of systems and the creation of tools and processes for producing objects and architecture. Alvarez work has been exhibited internationally including solo shows at Salon94 in New York, Xue Xue institute in Taipei and Gallery Libby Sellers in London.


Making a Living: A HDK conference that looks at practices and strategies that designers and workers in crafts use to organise themselves and others in multi- and/or trans-disciplinary work. Spread out over three days and three sessions Making a Living includes talks and discussions around the issues of taking place as a professional after a Design or Crafts education. It is about Making a Living.