Louise's advice to KEA Students and KEA Alumni. "Continue being an actor and not a spectator. Take initiative and help set an agenda in the businesses, that do not see the advantages of working with sustainability."

(Design Technologist - Fashion Management, 2016). Self-employed (@Arvestykke),where Louise sews a patchwork of discarded textiles in collaboration with a social economic sewing studio. 

Q & A:

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I often finy my inspiration in nature or art. Here I am on an inspiration trip to Rudolph Tegner museum. I still see my studygroup from KEA, they help me photograph my work.


Q: How would you describe KEA in one word?   
A: "Proactive"

Q: What was your favourite module?
A: "My study group won an H&M competition, where we pitched and developed a sustainable concept about collection of clothes, which H&M subsequently took inspiration from. The best part was the feeling of doing the job together. The study group was composed as in a real fashion and lifestyle company, with students from Fashion Managment (procurement and production), Pattern making, Sustainable design and marketing. This is a good example of how KEA puts theory into practice by using real business cases. This learning method taught me to take the initiative and see new opportunities, which is far more important than achieving a high grade."  

Q: What's your favourite KEA memory?
A: "Our study trip to Istanbul, where we visited suppliers of knitwear, prints, texture and jeans.  

It was an eye-opener to see the amount of new clothes produced every day. For example, we saw a ZARA dress that was produced in 300,000 editions. We also saw how factory workers grinded down jeans by hand, to give the trousers their finish. I drew on this experience when I worked with young people who thought their clothes were sewn by robots. It was also just a fun trip where the class spirit was created."

Q: If you could go back in time and change some things from your studies at KEA, what would it be and why?  
A: "I would have liked to see a greater focus on circular and social economy. In 2023, a law will be enacted in Denmark, and later the entire EU, which will prohibit the burning of (used) textiles. The law will change the way we design, produce and market clothes. Also, it would be valuable to have mentoring both during the studies and in the companies, as  in the medical world. It would also have been useful to have some knowledge of salary negotiation, employment contracts and accounting."


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Photos from the studytrip, where a woman sites and grinds the trouser hem off the jeans. Old textiles have a special soul. Here I have sowed a shirt from a vintage tablecloth.


Q: What was your first job after graduating from KEA and how did you get it?
A: "Unfortunately, you have to be lucky to get a job in the fashion and life industry - which is why I also looked in other industries. I accepted a position as creatively responsible pedagogue in a workshop for young people between the ages 10 and 18, because I saw it as an opportunity to work with people and help shape the next generations. I was hired based on my different approach and my previous student job in KEA Makerlab, where I guided my fellow students in the School's workshop. As a pedagogue, I initiated an entrepreneurial project with the young people, inspired by my studies at KEA. I was also appointed education ambassador and digitally responsible, so in this way I have been able to use my education in many ways."

Q: What did you want to be when you were younger and how does that fit with what you're doing today?  
A: "I've always been driven by making a difference. When I was very young, I dreamed of working with recycling, interior design and people, which in a way I’ve achieved. It is exciting to investigate how interior design affects our body and psyche. Personally, I think many institutions lack interior design, but KEA Guldbergsgade stands out positively with the library and modern lighting art in the canteen; also, I helped establish a student shop where rhetoric was turned into action."


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Planteindfarvningsprøver med blå indigo, høstet i Danmark.
Arvestykke vist i magasinet ”Alt for damerne”.


Q: What's the best thing about the path you've chosen? 
A: "That I've been able to put together my own education. At KEA I didn’t just learn about procurement and production but about the entire value chain of a product, including marketing, concept development, finance, etc. This has done that I’m able to handle many kinds of tasks in a company. In addition, I have learned that no chain is stronger than its weakest link.  

But following the creative path hasn't been easy. I have experienced things in the fashion and textile industry that I want to help change. Among other things, I am a representative on an education committee, where I focus on being a voice for the students and recent graduates."


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Works from Arvestykke displayed under "Circular Furniture days" on Design Museum Danmark


Q: Is there a podcast or book you can recommend 
A: "The podcast with Dennis Nørmark about pseudowork has some thought-provoking views, e.g. that 100 years ago, we predicted a future with a working week of 15 hours because of efficiency enhancement but, unfortunately, today we are stressed like never before.  

The book "Say You Like Me" by Astrid Haug, which is about SoMe and follower commitment."

Q: Which personal achievement are you most proud of and why? 
A: "By having my own creative business, I get the opportunity to experiment with circular and social economy in practice. Among other things I collaborate with a social economic dressmaking business and use discarded textiles from Ikea and Scandinavia's leading sorting centre. The project was selected for the exhibition "Circular Furniture days", held by the LD Cluster and which took place at the Design Museum Denmark. It was an achievement because I did project management in practice. I'm proud that I not only know but also have skills."

Q: What advice would you give KEA students or other KEA Alumni? 
A: "Continue to be an actor and not a spectator. Take the initiative and help set the agenda in those companies that have not yet seen the benefits of working with sustainability. We have knowledge that can create value for companies and which they demand. We should not be in doubt about that. And remember to round your elbows, we get further by cooperating."


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