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Leonie Burkhardt
Fashion and Textile Design MA

The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås

Specialisms: Textiles - Weave / Textiles for Interiors / Design Research

Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

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The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås

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Leonie Burkhardt

Leonie Burkhardt ArtsThread Profile

First Name: Leonie

Last Name: Burkhardt

Specialisms: Textiles - Weave / Textiles for Interiors / Design Research

Sectors: Fashion/Textiles/Accessories / Fashion/Textiles/Accessories / Product / Architecture / Interiors

My Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

University / College: The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås

Course / Program Title: Fashion and Textile Design MA


I am a textile designer currently based in Gothenburg, Sweden. I graduated with her BA studies in textile design at HAW Hamburg (2016-2020) and did a semester abroad at KMITL in Bangkok in 2018/19. I continued to do a Master's degree at The Swedish School of Textiles in Borås (2020-2022). I specialized in the craft of weaving early on and enjoy working in the field of practice-based design research.

Technological developments in Jacquard weaving, as well as material innovations, have a strong influence on today‘s possibilities of textile production. These advancements enable to shift the perspective of textile as a flat surface to textile as a three-dimensional form. The project Woven Forms pushes the craft of weaving into the third dimension and answers the question: How can form be created from a flat woven surface? Utilizing recent technologies in the form of applying multi-layering weaving techniques and embedding heat-reactive shrinking material, the project aims to explore the forming method of construction through weaving to create abstract forms transformed from flat. The outcome in form of fully-woven, self-supporting textile-forms showcases the multitude of form expressions and variety of formal variables. This research contributes to the field of 3D weaving, demonstrates the potential for further research and application possibilities in other disciplines and fields, and evaluates the potential of seeing the weaving loom as a forming tool. While the fundamental base is the interlacement of warp and weft, technology, material science, and textile engineering shift the perception of woven textiles: from a rectangular piece of cloth to the opportunity to construct textile-forms.