I’m Malin Källman
Product design student at Edinburgh College of Art in my final year.
I come from the north of Sweden, I grew up in a tiny village where there was quite frankly nothing to do…
There my parents gave me the best upbringing one could ask for, I was taught coocking, beekeeping, car maintenance, driving a snowmobile and so much more!
My upbringing was never influenced by me beeing a girl, I think that is one of the best things my parents ever did and for that I am immensly grateful.
At the age of 13 when I was getting rather bored my father taught me to weld, a stroke of genious!
I started creating things, and it felt great. To work with my hands and to end up with an end product was amazing, that I could pick up a piece of metal and turn it into something beautiful.
So I created… Lots of things, coathangers, candleabras and other slightly useful objects.
I went to artschool, where I continued to create but mostly art pieces. Some of them I still have and cherish.
I did not know what to do with my life but I had a vague idea that I should become an Interior designer, so after artschool I took one year at Folk school where I studied Industrial design while contemplating my future.
Then I had the great fortune to meet a man who liked my artworks and I had an exhibition in Sweden where I sold most of my work, got some press and thought that maybe life would take a different turn towards becoming an artist full time.
I worked as a personal assistant for disabled people for a year, tried to get perspective on life and “grow up”.
That never happened…
Instead I joined the army where I became a task force ATV driver. It is the voluntary army and I’m still in it. I love those weekends when I get to go out with my platoon and train. To sleep in a tent for a week and to work your body to its limits is the best holiday imaginable, no to mention how it helps your confidence. A presentation in front of a big group is less scary when compared to throwing your first handgranade… The army has been a big part of my life and still is, if I ever have to give it up I will miss it terribly.
Instead I spontainiously decided that I would try my luck in Scotland, I had always wanted to go there so why not.
I managed to organise an internship at an Architecture firm to do some interior work and see what it was like.
6 months I stayed in Edinburgh and fell in love with the city, I was very lonely during that time but it was a good experience that has helped me alot.
When I came back to Sweden I started working as a personal assistant again while applying to Edinburgh College of Art. I figured that I had no chance of gettin in to the Interior Design program so I held on to my job.
I was indeed surprised when it turned out that I was starting college that very fall…
So I packed my bags and went to Edinburgh once again where I realised after one term that I was a damm fool and that Product design was naturally what I was supposed to do. So here I am, doing just that!
Today I am a feminist who finds it hard to enjoy excersise, likes coffee and whiskey, strict vegetarian who lives her life by “DIY or die”