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Svensk Form Channel

Svensk Form (the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design) is a not-for-profit membership association mandated by the Swedish government to promote Swedish design at home and abroad.

PAST VOL 1

Montreal @ La SAT (Société des arts technologiques)
Jun 14, 2007

PAST VOL 1

Växjö @ Smålands museum / Kulturpark Småland
Feb 25, 2010

PAST VOL 8

Bemidji @ The Hungry Bear Banquet & Conference Center
Sep 22, 2011

PAST VOL 9

Bemidji @ The Hungry Bear Banquet & Conference Center
Nov 17, 2011

PAST VOL 14

Istanbul @ Yapı-Endüstri Merkezi A.Ş.
May 24, 2012

PAST VOL 17

Bilbao
Sep 20, 2013

PAST VOL 6

Roanoke @ River Laker Cultural Center at 16 West Marketplace
Nov 20, 2013

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Epiphany on 7th Avenue

BY RAY SYLVESTER
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 30, 2011

Former English teacher Ray Sylvester describes how his life was changed after "popping into" a woodcraft shop on 7th Avenue in New York. He now designs and crafts beautiful jigsaw-style boxes as a profession. 

"Presentation of the Day" on November 9, 2013.

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Housing the Dead

BY JONATHAN JEFFREY
@ VOL 2 ON APR 23, 2013

Jonathan Jeffrey talks about grave houses, explaining the differences between houses and other cemetery structures like crypts. He gives some examples of different types of grave houses, and talks about the variety of architectural features and styles that can be found in grave houses around Kentucky.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 11, 2013.

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Crafting Charybdis

BY ROBERT OPPECKER
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 10, 2012

Robert Oppecker walks through his development and fabrication process for silver vessels. He explains how he translates his sketches into a three dimensional form, and how the designs can change along the way, eventually gaining their own character and name.

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Crafting Character

BY PHILIPP KIRSCHFINK
@ VOL 19 ON MAY 11, 2013

Philipp Kirschfink is a bike messenger, philiospher, and a carpenter living in Maastricht. He believes that making his creations by hand using traditional methods and tools is not only good for the enviornment, it creates works with inteqrity along with building character. 

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Crafting Together

BY THE CRAFTIES HK
@ VOL 15 ON MAY 24, 2013

The Crafties HK explain the ethos behind crafting and coworking as well as how their workspace can benefit Hong Kong.

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Materials, Tradition, and Craft

BY YUKI TANAKA
@ 「ICSでNIGHT」 ON SEP 23, 2013

Yuki Tanaka's idea for a bottle holder is rejected due to it being too costly both time-wise and money-wise. She redesigns her holder to a less costly design that is remarkably elegant. She also shows us some of the other unique projects she has undertaken, including a spherical fruit basket and an expensive clock. (in Japanese with English subtitles)

"Presentation of the Day" on November 6, 2013.

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A Farewell to Norms

BY JILLIAN ELDRIDGE
@ VOL 1 ON AUG 27, 2013

Artist Jillian Eldridge discusses her work, and her attempts to break out of her established aesthetic. She crafts collages of mammal and insect forms of reflective material, then duplicates her collage on canvas with paint. She speaks of wandering humans, migrating animals, and moving away from her norms as themes.

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Enriching Things with Patterns

BY SHUZ- SHUZ
@ VOL 10 ON AUG 01, 2013

Dzul and Sebastian are two designers interested in enriching everyday objects with their hand-made patterns, as well as sharing their gusto for crafts by carrying out hands-on workshops on silkscreen and bookbinding (In Spanish). 

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Sign Painting: Craft or Design?

BY ALARIC GARNIER
@ VOL 9 ON AUG 01, 2013

Sign painter and typography designer Alaric Garnier discusses his research around the vernacular of lettering via the publications he's designed as well as his work on the May Gallery visual identity. He speaks about his struggle to define his work as that of craft or design, and the conclusions he's arrived at. 

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American Craft

BY JERET PEÑA
@ VOL 11 ON AUG 27, 2013

Mixologist Jeret Peña would rather classify himself himself as a bartender, because it doesn't sound as pretentious. Jeret discusses the craft that has been around for 200 years, and had a resurgence against prohibition. His ability to reproduce the perfect cocktail is a skill that took a long time to perfect. 

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A 20x20 Lullaby, Surreal Drawn Life, and a PechaKucha Crate

Presentations Megg Evans is a Melbourne-based designer who co-founded Brolly Studios with Martin Heide and Stuart Webber. When she gave this presentation (from PKN Melbourne Vol. 19), her son Melvin was just 10 weeks old, and she brought him along and gave this beautiful 20x20 lullaby to her baby and the very impressed crowd. Fede Calandria's work could be described as a combination of art, design, and illustration. As he explains in this presentation (in Spanish, from PKN Mendoza Vol. 3), he finds inspiration everywhere, and likes to incorporate what he sees in his daily life, interpreting it in his own way. Posters We end the week with an explosion of posters on our Tumblr blog, with the following events being represented: PKN Guimaraes Vol. 3, PKN Memphis Vol. 1 and 2, PKN St. Albert Vol. 1, PKN Mallorca Vol. 1, and then PKN Maribor Vol. 9, which is pictured above. We sure love that Maribor tagline: "Come and meet our amazing guests. Creativity is their middle name ;-)" Below, a look at both sides of the flyer that was produced for last night's PKN Norwich Vol. 4. Photos We like this spray painted crate we spotted here, located at the entrance of this past week's PKN Bilbao Vol. 12. Below, a look at the old school billboard entrance to the theatre where last night's PKN Winnipeg Vol. 10 was held. Calendar It's Friday (June 22), and so here's what you can expect in terms of events over the weekend, starting with tonight: PKN Zilina Vol. 19, PKN Sendai Vol. 2, PKN Miami Vol. 2, PKN Gisborne Vol. 9, and PKN Seattle Vol. 37. It's a quiet Saturday in PKN land, but Sunday will see PKN Pueblo Vol. 5.

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What is PKN anyway?

What's Pecha Kucha Night? It’s a community event where presenters are given six minutes and forty seconds to share a story, a hobby, an experience, or pretty much anything else. The Pecha Kucha format is also called “20x20,” because each speaker will have 20 slides that will display for 20 seconds apiece.Why the funny name? Pecha Kucha was developed in Japan, where pecha kucha is a common word for chitchat.  More than anything, Pecha Kucha Night exists to get conversations started! The audience can share lots of questions and comments with each other and the presenters during intermission and after the event.So, what kind of presentations are we talking about? Will I be bored? You will not be bored. An array of topics is covered at each PKN! Past topics have involved: Travel, hunting, crafts, science, health, sports, philosophy, creating art, and building a house of mud and straw! PKN presenters aren’t professional speakers—they’re just people with twenty images and less than seven minutes to share stories with the community.Is this a sales thing? Absolutely not. In fact, PKN is a nonprofit organization. We just love chitchat.Is PKN family-friendly? Yes! Each presentation is suitable for all ages.