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Above: Konstfack BA Graphic Design and Illustration graduates 2022 1. Amanda Islam Gustafsson/ 2. Ebba Alling/ 3. Edith Ekström/ 4. Filip Winkler/ 5. Ella Walfridsson/ 6. Mikaela Cederholm

The Konstfack BA degree show opens 7 May, here we look at graduates from Graphic Design and Illustration, featuring work that explores themes of nature, memories and family.

Amanda Islam Gustafsson’s Apocalypse Fatigue project is inspired by nature and uses her artistic practice to express nonhuman perspectives on living sustainably. ‘It is also an attempt to approach nature as a direct actor to create multiple narratives regarding climate change,’ writes Gustafsson. ‘Taking the perspective of another organism allows me to imagine alternative ways of being in the world, and through them, I can explore my own emotions and artistic visions, or reflect on social issues with a fresh perspective.’ Nature also informs the work of Ebba Alling who illustrates stories about gardens as places to get in touch with emotions and connect with out inner space.

Edith Ekström Edith Ekström


Dear Lotte by Edith Ekström stems from the remaining pieces of memorabilia she has that belonged to her relatives who died in the Holocaust. Using the letter and photos left behind, Ekström tries to build closer bonds with her late family members. ‘The purpose is to try to see more than what meets the eye, with the hope of at least getting to know a part of her. It is a queering of the family album as an object, and an exploration of if it is possible to create an album based on such a limited material, and without memories to fill it with,’ Ekström writes. Filip Winkler also looks to his family for inspiration, creating a project that explores the medals, uniforms, photos and documents left behind by his grandfather.


Living with dyslexia has informed Ella Walfridsson’s work which sees the designer create new letterforms and fonts. Walfridsson creates type that presents how people with dyslexia view text and also highlights the positive aspects of living with the condition. Walfridsson  explains: ‘The mind’s small misconceptions create new stories and forms that did not exist there before. Open up to a more playful, experimental and diverse world of letterforms.’




Julia Lundgren Julia Lundgren



The link between creativity and mental illness is explored by Julia Lundgren in her degree project which consists of several fanzines and artworks made using different print methods. ‘Inspired by the depressed artist stereotype and the mad genius trope, I experiment with different methods to visualise the subject through illustration and text. It’s an investigation into my own experiences and thoughts about the theme, as well as about how my own artistry is affected by my mental health, both in its themes and expression,’ says Lundgren.

Created by Mikaela Cederholm, Dear Letters, Unlearning the typographic rules which I never learned anyway is a publication where letters, together with words and an introductory manifesto, create a place where the focus is on letters. 'In my degree project, I have investigated whether it is possible to work typographically, without having a traditional premise, to question rules and norms. Is there space for sensitive letters? By using various methods, analogue and digital, I have worked with letters in my practical research on how to make it less intimidating to work with typography.'

This year's Degree Exhibition is divided into two: Bachelor's students, 7–13 May curated by Anne Klontz and Master's and Teacher Education students, 21–27 May, curated by CuratorLab.

View all of the Konstfack BA 2022 graduate projects by visiting the Konstfack 2022 website.

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Above: Konstfack BA Graphic Design and Illustration graduates 2022 1. Amanda Islam Gustafsson/ 2. Ebba Alling/ 3. Edith Ekström/ 4. Filip Winkler/ 5. Ella Walfridsson/ 6. Mikaela Cederholm

The Konstfack BA degree show opens 7 May, here we look at graduates from Graphic Design and Illustration, featuring work that explores themes of nature, memories and family.

Amanda Islam Gustafsson’s Apocalypse Fatigue project is inspired by nature and uses her artistic practice to express nonhuman perspectives on living sustainably. ‘It is also an attempt to approach nature as a direct actor to create multiple narratives regarding climate change,’ writes Gustafsson. ‘Taking the perspective of another organism allows me to imagine alternative ways of being in the world, and through them, I can explore my own emotions and artistic visions, or reflect on social issues with a fresh perspective.’ Nature also informs the work of Ebba Alling who illustrates stories about gardens as places to get in touch with emotions and connect with out inner space.

Edith Ekström Edith Ekström


Dear Lotte by Edith Ekström stems from the remaining pieces of memorabilia she has that belonged to her relatives who died in the Holocaust. Using the letter and photos left behind, Ekström tries to build closer bonds with her late family members. ‘The purpose is to try to see more than what meets the eye, with the hope of at least getting to know a part of her. It is a queering of the family album as an object, and an exploration of if it is possible to create an album based on such a limited material, and without memories to fill it with,’ Ekström writes. Filip Winkler also looks to his family for inspiration, creating a project that explores the medals, uniforms, photos and documents left behind by his grandfather.


Living with dyslexia has informed Ella Walfridsson’s work which sees the designer create new letterforms and fonts. Walfridsson creates type that presents how people with dyslexia view text and also highlights the positive aspects of living with the condition. Walfridsson  explains: ‘The mind’s small misconceptions create new stories and forms that did not exist there before. Open up to a more playful, experimental and diverse world of letterforms.’




Julia Lundgren Julia Lundgren



The link between creativity and mental illness is explored by Julia Lundgren in her degree project which consists of several fanzines and artworks made using different print methods. ‘Inspired by the depressed artist stereotype and the mad genius trope, I experiment with different methods to visualise the subject through illustration and text. It’s an investigation into my own experiences and thoughts about the theme, as well as about how my own artistry is affected by my mental health, both in its themes and expression,’ says Lundgren.

Created by Mikaela Cederholm, Dear Letters, Unlearning the typographic rules which I never learned anyway is a publication where letters, together with words and an introductory manifesto, create a place where the focus is on letters. 'In my degree project, I have investigated whether it is possible to work typographically, without having a traditional premise, to question rules and norms. Is there space for sensitive letters? By using various methods, analogue and digital, I have worked with letters in my practical research on how to make it less intimidating to work with typography.'

This year's Degree Exhibition is divided into two: Bachelor's students, 7–13 May curated by Anne Klontz and Master's and Teacher Education students, 21–27 May, curated by CuratorLab.

View all of the Konstfack BA 2022 graduate projects by visiting the Konstfack 2022 website.

ARTS THREAD Newsletter

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Interest