Vanja Hedberg

 

Vanja Hedberg

A Swedish native, Vanja Hedberg is an emerging artist who is showing her work for the first time. She is largely self-taught apart from a one-year art course at the International Art-school in Stockholm. Hedberg has kept her art entirely private and her creative research revolves around the intimate and confessional. In creating a diary of self-portraits or ‘selfies’, she connects the traditional art forms and digital media of her everyday life. After studying music through her teenage years, Hedberg applied to several art colleges in Stockholm but after being rejected and struggling financially, she turned her interest to clothes making to support herself. She studied tailoring and patternmaking and was taken on as an apprentice at a local tailor. In 2005 she was accepted in the Fashion (BA) course at Saint Martin’s College in London.  She left after 2 years, and after work placements in London and Amsterdam, moved to Paris and started as a women’s RTW designer for Maison Martin Margiela in 2008. Since then has worked as a designer for Lanvin and currently Balenciaga (since 2012), both in Paris. One of her collaborations was recently on exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, May 2017- Feb 2018).