• Photographing Valdemars paintings

    May 20, 2010 // No Comments »

    Valdemar, one of the graduate students is a painter. His final project in the graphic design course in ENAV is doing identity for himself and the graphic design material for his exhibition. Dori and me went to his home to help him to photograph his artwork. He is looking for possibilities to make the exhibition a reality.

    On the photos are some examples of his art and his workplace.


    Posted in SOLEY BLOG, Soley work in ENAV

    The graphic studio

    April 21, 2010 // No Comments »

    There is an extreme change of working situation in ENAV now. The school has moved to another building in Rua Bagamoyo, one of the oldest streets in Maputo. In the day the institutions and shops are open but in the night this is the sad street of prostitution.

    For some of the departments the change is not good. The building is smaller than the former one and the working situations difficult. The design department is a lucky one. We have two big air conditioned rooms, one filled with computers for design work and the other with focus on film and animation. The change from teaching in a small and to warm room with four old mini-macs to a big room with 15 new imacs is enormous.

    We, the teachers place emphasis on the fact that it is the creativity, design thinking, understanding of visual language and forms, composition and framing that will make a good design. But in the computer and internet age it is important to have access to computers and time to practice. Instead of being four students on each computer, fighting about the minutes each spends, each student has an open access to a computer when needed. Today I begun teaching web design. First task is to open a simple wordpress site.


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    January 30, 2010 // Comments Off on SALA DE GRAFICAS IN ENAV

    Soley and Cecilie discussing the future of the school in the new location. This is one of the two great rooms for graphic design. Now is time to fill them up with computers and cables and light table and cutters etc. etc.!

    ENAV – the college level art school that Soley works in is moving into new great premises in the oldest part of Maputo. It is very close to the original fortress built by the Portugese in the early days. The streets are narrow and sleazy actually, prostitutes stand outside some of the houses, but with the move of the school (and the dance school is also located in the same street) there is probably a strategy to repair the area. At least one sees lots of rebuilding activity there, banks and official buildings and shops.

    The school has mostly moved, there was an opening of the end of year show last month (see photos here) and now over the holiday the rooms have been filled up with all the gear for art and design education. My belief is that this is going to be a great location, where students and the old city will be interacting. The move is actually not very far, only 2-3 streets, but from one area to an other.

    It is going to be lots of work to prepare the graphic design workshop there because it involves so much technical know how and equipment. It will be interesting to see how much they manage to get and get done before the school starts in mid February

    The entrance for the students is up stairs to the second floor in this beautiful courtyard


    Posted in DORI BLOG


    January 7, 2010 // No Comments »

    The study trip is divided between Iceland and Norway. We will go and visit Kulturskolen i Fredrikstad, the school I work for and has a cooperation with ENAV in Mozambique. But now we are in Oslo, my hometown for 4 years. It is nice to come back.

    We arrived yesterday, wednesday the 6th and will stay for a week. We had to wake up at 4.30 to travel so there was a very limited sleep that night. We landed in Oslo around 12 and went to town and to the hotel, Hotel Munch, where we are staying. We just relaxed and got some sleep. In the afternoon we had dinner at a nice and cheap (on Oslo scale) thai restaurant by Youngstorget called Rice Bowl. There is always a wait for table there but never long time and it is worth it. Then we walked over to Grunerløkka to a cozy cafe with wireless (nearly all have here) and lingered on the computers.

    The day after we went to KHiO (Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo/Oslo National Academy of the Arts) to settle in our workspace. We got passwords and workspace on the computers and had a nice working day. We even had a mozambican for a visit! Calu, that moved here recently to live with his norwegian girlfriend Eva (who had my job in the period before me). He is a musician and will be playing tomorrow night at some place in Majorstuen, we have to go there tomorrow night.

    Tomorrow we will have a whole day of workshop in photography and lighting with the graphic designer and photographer, and friend, Jonni that has a photo studio in the Dinamo building. I am sure that will be interesting and of great use for David and Rejao, and me also!


    Posted in Study trip to Iceland and Norway

    Study trip to Bilene

    December 19, 2009 // No Comments »


    My class that I have been teaching this year is finishing their last year in school. Next year they will work outside the school in graphic studios in Maputo and beside that do their final project. They will come in to school once a week and I will work with them to prepare and develope their final project. The students are motivated to work and I hope for a challenging and interesting period with them.

    I am used to school trips through the school years and have great memories from such trips. This class had never had a trip together. After 5 years together I thought it would be great if we could do that. It is important to create good memories from the school years.

    I decided to get a permission to go for a study trip focusing on their final project. It is good for the students to begin to think about their final project before the holidays so they can use that time to collect material and develope their ideas.

    I got permission to go and we went to Bilene; the class with 14 students and professor Candido, me and Xadreque (the financial director).

    We were unlucky with the weather in the beginning. It was raining on friday when we left and also on saturday until around five o’clock. Mozambicans really dislike rain and it was hard to get them in the mood to work. But we managed to get some work done. The students presented their ideas for the final project and most of them already had their idea ready. The ideas were various. Some were basic graphic design projects like doing an identity and advertisement campaign for a cream, perfume, watch and a bank. Other were socially oriented; one student wants to work on racism and another one (a graffiti artist) wants to focus on public art/street art and its image. Here like probably everywhere, graffiti is looked upon not as an art and expression but sabotage and the artists do not have a space to create their work. He wants to change that. It will be interesting to see the results.

    When the rain stopped we decided to have a bomfire on the beach. We had to drive around to find the firewood but we found ladies selling nice wood. It was beautiful, stary sky, guitarplay and barbequed chicken. After we made a short visit to a little discoteque in a nice ‘barraca’ area.

    On sunday the weather was beautiful. Sun and warm. Some of the group went with a boat over the lake to the other side. Then we played and enjoyed life on the beach and it was difficult to decide to go home.

    We had great time and created nice memories. I will really miss having this class around me every day, a great bunch! Thanks for a great trip all of you!!


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    A study trip to Iceland and Norway

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    Two of my students Rejão and David will come with us tomorrow to Iceland for five weeks over the christmas. They will go for a study trip and the task is to make documentary work; film and animation about environmental issues. Rejão is a talented illustrator and a growing animator and Davids talents lie within film, collage and conceptual work. We are hoping that they will make a good team with these different talents and the collaboration will bring out something interesting. They have already started to collect material here in Maputo and have made a short video art-work that they like to present there north. They have been focusing on garbage and pollution. These students are talented and work hard.

    The project is supported by the FK program I am in on behalf of Kulturskolen i Fredrikstad and ENAV, the school I work in. The Iceland Academy of the Arts supports the project by offering facilities and teachers.

    Here is the description of the project and below is a pdf documents with the project description in english and portuguese to download:

    Today it has become an undisputed fact that the whole world has to deal with a large environmental problem. Global warming is on the increase and an endless production of things can not be sustained. To turn to a more sustainable lifestyle it is necessary to be creative in communicating the problem and designing new ways of living. Designers and artist have the skills to motivate and open peoples eyes in a creative and effective way. Their work is to design our daily things and select materials and sources. An essential part of the environmental impact that products generate, is decided on the design stage.
    This project is inspired by the work the students of ENAV did in relation to the World Wide Views on Global Warming meeting that took place in Maputo. The Students worked for one week creating an exhibition about global warming in front of the hall where the meeting took place. The weeks before the students were given lectures about global warming and shown films to gain a better understanding about the subject matter.
    The students became very inspired and interested in continuing to work with environmental issues. A group of students called Bantuart is now finishing a project description of a street performance they want to make about global warming. Other students have also presented some ideas.
    Hopefully it is possible to establish an interdisciplinary environmental group in the school where students in design, art, ceramics and textiles will work through the year on different projects addressing environmental issues. There are many things to address and opportunities to participate in national and international events dedicated to the environment.

    The project
    The studytrip is meant to be an inspiration to the students in ENAV. Two students will travel to Iceland and Norway for one month. These students have a growing and promising competence in film, illustration and animation and therefore the ability to communicate their experiences in a creative way.
    The students will visit places that are related to environmental issues, for example recycling and waste management. They will meet designers that work in a sustainable way and have workshops with professional people within design, film and art to train and improve their competence.
    During the month before the trip the students will work on research in Maputo. They will record and collect visual material to take along and work with while on the trip in the medialabs provided.

    Objectives and goals
    Increasing the competence of the students that will travel.

    Produce material that can be valuable for the Mozambican society.
    To inspire the students of ENAV to address environmental issues in a creative way.
    Transfer of knowledge and know-how in tackling environmental challenges.

    A film/animation from the material collected in the trip.

    A presentation of the trip and their experiences.
    Other material will depend on the ideas that will come up during the process.

    MONOZI (An FK supported program):

    Kulturskolen i Fredrikstad
    Escola Nacional de Artes Visuais

    Teachers, DogS:
    Soley Stefansdottir. Working as an FK participant in Maputo
    Halldor Gislason. Developing a cooperation between ISAC; the new Art and Design Academy in Mozambique and KHiO; Oslo National Academy of the Arts
    Iceland Academy of the Arts (Provides facilities and teachers)

    David Pinto Calvo Aguacheiro, graphic design student in ENAV
    Rejao David de Carvalho, graphic design student in ENAV

    Project description
    descrição do projecto


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