Konstfack student awarded with the Global Swede Diploma

29 May 2018

Lourdes Gonzalez, student in the CRAFT - Textile master's programme, was one of 20 international university students from 17 countries to receive the Global Swede Diploma.


From left: Camilla Mellander, Head of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ Department for the Promotion of Trade and Sustainable Business, together with Lourdes Gonzalez.
(Photo: Per E Karlsson, the Government Offices of Sweden)

Diplomas were awarded to 20 students from 17 countries around the world. These students have excelled in fields closely related to innovation and entrepreneurship, and have shown themselves to be good representatives of their own countries as well as of Sweden. One of the students was Lourdes Gonzalez, a student in the master's programme CRAFT - Textile.

The motivation for awarding her this honour reads as follows:
"Through Lourdes Gonzalez’s art, we learn more about craft's role in collective mourning in a digitalised and globalised world in which we are bombarded by an unrelenting flood of news about disasters and wars. Lourdes uses her knowledge of how objects and materials are used symbolically in her native country Mexico. Through artistic processes, she finds ways to illustrate the role that rituals and their associated objects continue to play in our (digital) daily lives. Lourdes uses crafts as a tool to explore topics that can be difficult to talk about, but which can be expressed through the communal creative process."

On Tuesday 8 May the Global Swede Diploma ceremony (arranged by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in co-operation with the Swedish Institute) was held for the 8th consecutive year.

Updated: 29 May 2018