There are no innocent object - they all carry a silent witness


What hides behind the label MADE IN? Is that what we believe, and what does that say about how we think and evaluate the products and the people behind? Margot Barolo want to visualize our ideas of how we value objects based on how and where and by whom we believe they are made. By extension, it also reflects how different we value people. Margot says that there are no innocent objects. They all have a background, they all have been touched by humans, machines, and are the result of different systems. Their quality, price and appearance bears a silent testimony to this. She seeks the " dark" side of MADE IN and what's more behind these important and often decisive word , both in practice and in our beliefs and values. Margot's intention is not to come up with the answer as to what is better than anything else. Her mission is to ask awkward questions and try to find an explanation of something that is far more complex than what most of us think.


This is a project started almost five years ago. After working as a designer for many years appeared more and more issues that insisted on answers. This resulted in an essay in book form: Brave New Production, where she questions the prevailing structures and approaches within the multifaceted field of production. There she took on in Brave Magazine # 2, and in an exhibition. Here, she has collaborated with several who have contributed text or image, thoughts and work. Her lyrics are used as textbooks at the College of Arts and the School of Textiles in Borås, several lectures and instruction in arts and crafts real and small-scale production with large and small perspective for design and craft students.


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The project was a research project partially funded by the KU funds from the College of Arts and by project grants from the Arts. It was exhibited in 2013 at the College of Arts and has also appeared in Falkenberg Museum, the Form / Design Centre in Malmö and the Design Museum in Helsinki. With the text "Eat, buy, sleep, die" also contributed Susanne Helgesson. Lena Nilsson with the essay "Evil deeds" and Julia Hederus with reportage "North Korea does not jeans."

The company that makes it cheaper for the customer: it was too expensive, with spout ...

Photo: Karin Björkquist

T-shirt made in a limited edition of 20. Hanger included. Woven label.

The spread shows an example of the fashion reports "Worn out" and "Still Life" done by Militza Monteverde Vera, Viktoria Cleverby och Lisa Nilsson. Photo: Knotan.