ERKI Fashion Show extended deadline

Due to the movement restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 crisis, the deadline for submitting designs for ERKI Moeshow 2021 has changed.

Submissions are expected on April 15th, at 6 PM (UTC/GMT+2/EET).

Contestants of ERKI Fashion Show 2021 will be announced no later than April 20, 2021.

The rules of the competition can be found HERE

ERKI Fashion Show 2021 will take place on August 28, 2021.

Karin Kiigemägi
ERKI Moeshow Program Director
Faculty of Design

ERKI Moeshow web
ERKI Moeshow on Facebook

CIRRUS network meeting. March 17, 18, 2021. Hosted online by EKA & CIRRUS board

It was a great meeting and it was good to see such high attendance!

March 17–18. (ALL TIMES IN CET)

Wednesday, March 17

13:00–14.45 GENERAL ASSEMBLY NO. 1
13:00–13:05  Welcome! – Rector Mart Kalm, EKA
13:05–13:15   Agenda & Practical info, intro of the board 
13:15–13:20  Hello, everyone! Breakout-room testing
13:20–13:40  Presentation of EKA – Kristjan Mändmaa, EKA

13:40–13:55 Break

13:55–14.35  Keynote “Uncertainty/Complexity”  Johan Redström, UID
14.35–14:45 Q&A/Discussions

14:45–15:00 Break

15:00–16:20 WORKSHOPS
15:00–16:00 Leadership workshop 1
15:00–16:00 Coordinators’ workshop 1
15:00–16:00 Teachers’ workshops 1:
15:00–16:00 New cooperations and joint projects – Maarja Mõtus & Nesli Hazal Akbulut, EKA
15:00–16:00 Preparing our students for life after graduation – Stella Runnel, EKA & Triin Amur, EKA
16:00–16:20 Sum-up of workshops with everyone together

16:20–17:00 Spatial Chat
17:00–18:00 Break

18:00–19:00 Online-concert by Puuluup
19:20–… Spatial Chat continues

Thursday, March 18

09:00–09:30 Welcome back everyone!
09:00–09:30 Energy session by OMAklubi
09:30–10:30 Leadership workshop 2
09:30–10:30 Coordinator’ workshop 2

09:30–10:30 Artistic vs Design Research? – Ruth-Helene Melioranski, EKA & Oliver Laas, EKA
09:30–10:30 New pedagogical formats – Kristiina Krabi-Klanberg, EKA

10:45–11:45 PARALLEL SESSIONS (for everyone)
10: 45-11: 45 The 17 Sustainable Development Goals in practice – Mathilde Aggebo, Anna Bascuñan Skaarup, Royal Danish Academy
10:45-11:45 Future of design education – Garðar Eyjólfsson, Iceland University of the Arts

11:45–11:50 Break

11.50–12:10 Sum-up of workshops
12:10–13:15 Lunch

13:15–14:30 GENERAL ASSEMBLY NO. 2
Network activities since last meeting
The budget and the finance situation
Applications to Nordplus 2021

New CIRRUS website
Mapping CIRRUS schools

Changes in CIRRUS board
Next CIRRUS meeting Latvian Academy of the Arts, March 23-25, 2022
14:25–14:30  Thank you and goodbye!

14:30–… Spatial Chat. For those who can’t leave…

Contacts throughout the meeting:
Tech support:
+372 5330 0015
General info:
+372 521 9187
Organiser: Sandra Mell

Call: ERKI Fashion Show

ERKI Fashion Show 2021 design competition
Fashion event from the past century – ERKI Fashion Show, which is directed to young fashion designers, students and all sorts of fashionistas. The participants have the chance to stun the audience with their craziest designs, creative fantasies and unique textile solutions.

Today on January 18th, we finally announce the collection design draft competition of ERKI Fashion Show 2021 open!

Design drafts for the competition can be sent until March 8th, 18:00(EET). The rules and regulations for the competition can be found under the attachments or on the Estonian Academy of Arts website:

All creative talents, who have graduated from secondary school and are currently studying in universities, vocational schools or institutions of higher education, and those who have completed their studies up to 3 years ago, are welcome to take part in the competition.

The chosen designers who will get to present their collections at ERKI are planned to disclose on March 15th 2021 on the ERKI website ( and also on ERKI Fashion Show social media.

At the end of May, the major event shaking the Estonian fashion design landscape will take place for the thirty-fourth time, which has been regularly organized by the students of the Estonian Academy of Arts. Many people are expected to attend the event, who will take part in an unprecedented show. ERKI Fashion Show also extends beyond the borders of Estonia – every year an international jury and participants from many parts of the world are involved.

ERKI Fashion Show on social media:
Cristopher Siniväli
ERKI Fashion Show main organizer
+372 5307 6016

Põhja pst 7
10412 Tallinn, Estonia

EXPRESS: Digital Weaving at University of Bergen

Construction + Context:
Digital Weaving at University of Bergen
Level: MA
Credits: 4,5 ECTS
Course teachers: Kristina Aas and Tim Parry-Williams
Teaching period: 01-26 March 2021 (weeks 09-12)
WK 9: Monday – Thursday
WK 10: Tuesday – Thursday
WK 11: Tuesday – Friday
WK 12: Monday – Friday (including offsite working)

Location: KMD Textile workshop (Bergen) / Innvik AS (Stryn)

Number of available places for Kuno/Cirrus students: 3

How to apply: Please send a motivation letter (outlining relevant skills, experience, and rationale), CV and digital portfolio (4-6 works) to  
Deadline: 20 January 2021

Course Description

Students will be introduced to the theories of advanced woven construction, through multiple warp and weft systems, layers and complex structures in order to create motif and image-based outcomes.

Workshop practice will include direct exploration and sampling of key principles with TC-1 and TC-2 jacquard, and digital dobby looms.

Software introduction will include: WeavePoint, Nedgraphics (Texelle / Product Creator) and the use of Photoshop, as a portfolio of digital tools.

Training will also support the development of outsource-ready digital files.

A study trip to a weaving factory will facilitate the observation and production of individual ideas at full-scale.

Goals and contents

  • Establish understanding of multiple warp / weft systems.
  • Develop working competency with relevant digital software.
  • Build capacity to translate ideas to outsourced production.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures. Workshop-based research and development. Industrial trialling and production. Group and individual tutoring. Peer critique.

Aspects of the course may be delivered through online activity.

Learning outcomes

  • Advanced understanding of key principles of woven textile construction.
  • Cognitive skills in translating ideas from artistic concept to production.
  • Professional skills in research, development and execution of projects.

Requirements for prior knowledge

  • Internal (KMD) applicants: Minimum of BA1 Textiles Introduction and Core Course completions. 
  • External applicants: MA level only (Woven textiles training essential)
  • Expression of Interest through a motivation letter outlining relevant skills, experience, and rationale.

Additional costs for the trip to Innvik factory (travel and accommodation + meals), and textile production must be covered by the participating students.

Grant: 330 EUR travel (Iceland 660 EUR) + 70 EUR a weekly

Please note: COVID-19 makes the course a possible subject to late minute changes. The course requires physical presence, as we will not offer a full digital version of this course. If travel restrictions and quarantine regulations make physical presence impossible, participation will be cancelled.

A New Year – New Normal or No Normal

January 25, 2021
14 – 15.30 CET – Sweden, Norway, Denmark
15 – 16.30 EET – Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia
13-14.30 GMT – Reykjavik

Sign up here
Hosted by: Martin Sønderlev Christensen, PhD, Head of institute at the Royal Danish Academy, board member of CIRRUS

2020 was a very challenging year for everyone, the effect of the corona virus has been an apparent challenge and has had massive ramifications on our students and faculty ability to do what we normally do. Excluded from campus’, labs and workshops, distanced from each other. Doomed to be Zoomed. We have been partaking in a huge experiment. And one that isn’t over yet.

2020 however was more than the COVID-19 pandemic. we saw #metoo movements reemerging, ethnicity as a topic in movements “like black lives matter”, post colonialism, norm critic, cancel culture. we saw the full effect of fake news and the age of misinformation and surveillance economy, we saw climate change changing as the world globally came to a full stop in the scary light of the pandemic. We saw radical new ways of working and living with distance and massive social compliance. Just to mention a few events. This leaves us looking into 2021 with the sense of a new normal or perhaps even … a time of no normal. A sense of hope or despair?

  • How does design and design education adapt to these massive changes and emerging movements?
  • How do our students body respond to this in their work?
  • How does this affect our organizations? Our curriculum? Our way of teaching?
  • In short, what challenges and what opportunities are there for design having left 2020 and entered 2021?

How could the Nordic and Baltics play a significant role in taking design to the forefront of how we move on towards a better world? 

Martin Sønderlev Christensen, PhD, Head of institute at the Royal Danish Academy, board member of CIRRUS, will kick things off with some thought-provoking observations, speculations and even predictions about our near future landscape for design educations and research institution. 

Based on these topics we’ll break in an open space format into smaller groups to discuss different topics, aiming to return with some tangible propositions for how design is og need to be changing,  what role the Nordic and Baltics design community could have in a new to no normal world, and how CIRRUS could help.

Join us January 25, 14 – 15.30 CET/ 15 – 16.30 EET, sign up here by January 24!

Open post in Umeå Institute of Design

Universitetslektor på konstnärlig grund i industridesign – tillika prefekt för DesignhögskolanVill du leda en av Sveriges mest internationella och innovativa akademiska institutioner?
Söker du en framåtsträvande och öppen miljö där du kan utveckla din egen forskning inom designområdet?
Som universitetslektor och prefekt på Designhögskolan vid Umeå Universitet får du möjlighet att både undervisa och forska, samt vidareutveckla ett unikt lärosäte i skärningspunkten mellan det lokala och det globala med ett tydligt skandinavisk arv. Sedan starten 1989, har Designhögskolan byggt sitt rykte genom fokus på öppenhet, nyfikenhet och samarbete med målet att bidra till en positiv, hållbar utveckling av det globala samhället. Som en del av Konstnärligt Campus (KC), beläget vid Ume älvs strandpromenad i centrala Umeå, har Designhögskolans framtida ledning stora möjligheter att skapa nya, starka synergier med sina systerinstitutioner, Arkitekthögskolan och Konsthögskolan. Ta chansen och bli en del av en av Sveriges mest kreativa utbildningsmiljöer! Sista ansökningsdag är 1 februari 2021, läs mer och ansök genom att följa länken nedan:

Linda Bresäter
Ställföreträdande prefekt / Deputy head of department
Designhögskolan / Umeå Institute of Design
Umeå universitet / Umeå University
SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden
+46 (0)90-786 88 19 / +46 (0)720-85 27 90

Call for CIRRUS/Nordplus projects 2021

Intensive Student workshop in summer

CALL for project applications to Nordplus Higher Education Programme through CIRRUS network
DEADLINE: January 25, 2021, to be sent to
(Nordplus deadline is Feb 1, 2021).

We kindly ask your project descriptions along with the budget file in order to insert it in the application system of Nordplus. Please use Nordplus Handbook (pages 26 – 34) or turn to CIRRUS coordinator or your international coordinator at home to find out more.

The type of projects that we are waiting for are:
1. INTENSIVE COURSES (please use the forms below)
Download application form 
Download budget form 
2. JOINT STUDY PROGRAMMES (please use the forms below)
Download application form 
Download budget form 
3. DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS (please use the forms below)
Download application form 
Download budget form 

MORE IN DETAIL (copied from NP handbook):

Intensive courses
Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for intensive courses lasting between one week (five working days) and one month. Courses may take place during term time or in the summer by way of short courses, symposiums, master classes or workshops. Intensive courses must include students and academic staff from at least three different countries. The courses must yield ECTS points and must be recognised as part of the students’ degree. The number of ECTS points should be stated in the application.
PhD students may act as teachers on intensive courses. They are not eligible for a grant if they are students in the programme. The same intensive course can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. It is recommended that the hosting institution is rotated.

Examples of past CIRRUS intensive courses: 
Urban Gaming
Nature Design and Innovation. Imprint
Traditions and Innovation

Joint study programmes
Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for development of joint study
Nordplus joint study programmes are defined as follows:
– Programmes are full-degree study programmes established according
to national legislation.
– Programmes lead to a degree recognised by national authorities.
– Degree certificates with a Diploma Supplement are issued according to
national legislation.
– Mobility is integrated into the programme setup.
– Programmes are developed jointly, and all courses and study units
should be approved by all participating parties.
– The collaborative venture is governed by a signed agreement defining
its aims as well as the roles of the participating parties.
The same joint study programme can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. Joint study programmes are complex processes. HEIs can combine Nordplus and Nordic Master grants in various ways. More information on Nordic Master is available on The website consists
also of many useful handbooks and guides on joint programmes.

Development projects
Nordplus Higher Education offers grants for innovative development projects within the field of Higher Education.
Apart from joint curriculum planning and joint
modules, projects may focus on issues such as:
– Collaboration with the labour market
– Quality assurance
– The dissemination and use of results achieved by networks and projects
– The development of collaborations with other institutions in the public
or private sectors as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
within Higher Education
– The development of new teaching methods.
The same project can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted.

CIRRUS TALK vol 2. Online Admission

The second 2 hour conversation:
hosted by Design School Kolding  
Lone Dalsgaard André, Vice Rector and Head of Cirrus Board

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 14.00 CET (15 EET / 13 GMT)
Check your local time here.

Many of us transformed our admission process for 2020 to include digital functions or to be conducted completely online.

During this Cirrus talk we will share our experiences with this new format and discuss questions such as:

  • How can we secure the well-being of the applicants during the online application process?
  • How can we support the applicants to do experiments on their own but with help?
  • How can we help the applicants to be the best version of them selves and do their best? 
  • How far can we take online admission process?

Lone Dalsgaard André will share the experiences from Kolding and we will have group discussions and work on some tasks.

Please sign up here due October 23.
Seats: 20
The talk will take place on Zoom.
Link will be sent to those who registered on October 26.

Further information: Sandra Mell
CIRRUS network coordinator

EKA MA GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS #1: Cait McKinney, “Publishing as Queer Praxis: Lesbian Feminist Infrastructures” 30 September, 5:00pm EET

MA in Graphic Design at Estonian Academy of Arts invites:
GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS #1: Cait McKinney, “Publishing as Queer Praxis: Lesbian Feminist Infrastructures”30 September, 5:00pm EET (4:00pm CET / 10:00am EST / 7:00am PDT)

Cait McKinney, “Publishing as Queer Praxis: Lesbian Feminist Infrastructures”In this book talk drawn from Information Activism:  A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies (Duke, 2020), I outline how lesbian feminists in the U.S. and Canada approached publishing as an information practice key to establishing a foundation for their movements, and building more livable lives for lesbians. Focusing on newsletters, bibliographies and indexes, I show how activists created and circulating information as a world-making process when access to information was otherwise precarious. 
Cait McKinney is Assistant Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University, the author of Information Activism: A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies (Duke, 2020), and coeditor of Inside Killjoy’s Kastle: Dykey Ghosts, Feminist Monsters, and other Lesbian Hauntings (UBC, 2019). McKinney is interested in how queer social movements use digital technologies to build alternative information infrastructures. Their current research is on activist responses to early online content regulations; the intertwined histories of AIDS Activism and digital technologies; and the ways sexuality has been used to explain data and databases since the mid 20th century.

ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONSA series of speakers taking an oblique look onto graphic design and its outlines in order to re-think, destabilize or decenter its normative structures and practices. By prioritising that which has taken place in the margins, ephemerally, despite oppression and in dissent, we will seek to widen the circumference of design practice. To see where else design has and can happen; how social and political movements have manifested in visual cultures; and ultimately to develop a sense of self-reflexivity toward our own privileges and positions.
Future lectures will include speakers Silas Munroe (14 Oct), and Ayasha Guerin (25 Nov), with more to be announced.
The lectures are free, open to the public, and closed caption supported.All lectures will be streamed live from
GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS is a new free online public lecture series presented by the MA in Graphic Design program at the Estonian Academy of Arts, curated by Rosen Eveleigh, and partly supported by the CIRRUS Nordic-Baltic Network of Art and Design Education and Nordplus