Deal with it
by Rosa Tolnov Clausen

Deal with it examines what happens when a systematic process is disrupted by the random element of chance

Deal with it
‘Deal with it’ is a tangible visualization of Rosa Tolnov Clausen’s overall method and design vision. A key focus in this process is the intersection between the carefully planned and the unpredicted, the results that emerge when systematic and analytical approaches are subjected to random factors and events. For this project, Rosa Tolnov Clausen defined five design parameters – basic weave, decoration, base colour(s), decoration colour(s) and composition – which she then combined with yarn in fifteen preselected colours in a randomized process.

The random selection process compelled her to use combinations of colours, patterns and techniques she might not otherwise have picked. By disrupting and tripping up her systematic working process, this element of chance brought out new and unexpected results by forcing Rosa Tolnov Clausen to deal with it and explore new solutions and expressions. As a further challenge to her creative process, she used a basic handloom, which only allows for a fairly limited set of variations, thus further highlighting the expressive role of basic elements such as colours and yarn quality.


five woven textiles, each approximately 60 x 200 cm

1) Red, pink, mint, pale grey, yellow, light violet, white
2) Black, grey
3) Black, violet, blue
4) Orange, pale yellow, rust
5) Red, pink, mint, pale grey, yellow, light violet, black, grey, violet, blue, orange, pale yellow, rust

Rosa Tolnov Clausen
Danish textile designer and weaver, b. 1985

In an analytical and systematic working process driven by experimentation and exploration, Rosa Tolnov Clausen tests new materials, methods and tools with the goal of arriving at new and unexpected aesthetic qualities, surprising partnerships and products with novel functional features. When a weave is taken off the loom, she is often intrigued to see the back, which has remained hidden until then, and which represents the wild, unplanned side of an otherwise carefully planned and rational process. In her creative work, she focuses on Nordic weaving traditions and takes them into a contemporary context, exploring what happens at the intersection of the conceptual core of a project and traditional techniques. Many of her projects have a strong social component, where weaving is used as a tool for people to engage with, learn about and relate to textile in interactive, aesthetic and tactile processes.

2013: Graduated from Design School Kolding
2013: Taught the weaving workshop ‘Everything I know about Kasuri’, Kyoto
2013: Kasuri weaving course, Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto
2012: Studies at Aalto University, Helsinki
2009: Studies at Berlin Weissensee School of Art

Selected collaborations
2013 to date: Collaboration with ‘BlindesArbejde’, workshop production for blind and partially sighted workers

Selected grants and honours
2015, 2014: Danish Arts Foundation
2015: Nomination: Formex Nova, Nordic Designer of the Year, Stockholm
2013: Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond

Selected exhibitions
2015: ‘InsideOut’, Mindcraft15, FuoriSalone, Milan
2014: ‘Can a Room be a Loom?’, FuroriSalone, Milan
2014: ‘Danish Crafts Collection18’, Danish Arts Foundation and Danish Agency for Culture (now Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces)

Selected collections
2015: Danish Arts Foundation, ‘InsideOut’


MINDCRAFT / Tuala Hjarnø

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