The project “Seriestorm” was financed by Arvsfonden, and we aimed to create meeting places for children from various backgrounds, outside school. The project period was October 2016–September 2019. We arranged comic making workshops, for children between 9–12. The workshops consisted of exercises in storytelling and making images in various techniques, making our own fanzines, and reading comics aloud. We had workshops in Malmö, Umeå, Hudding, Nordingrå and Kramfors.
Our aim was to develop an intercultural method of pedagogical work in making images and narration. We wanted to create meeting places where children could come together on equal terms regardless of background, and where language and previous experience were not crucial for the individual child's ability to participate in the project activities. The goal was to give the children practical experience of a respectful treatment, and participation on equal terms. The adults in the project were interested in the children's own stories, their individual experiences and self-perception. We wanted to create a space where they were allowed to independently define who they are, and what they felt as being important to them.
We who worked in the project are cartoonists and artists with previous experience of pedagogical work involving children and comics.
Hanna Una Holmquist
Una is an artist who mainly does animation, film and drawing. She is a master graduate of Umeå Konsthögskola (2016). She has worked as an art educator, art teacher and in a stage camp. She enjoys cooking, watching series and make music - preferably with friends.
Astrid is a cartoonist who loves summer camps. She grew up in Västra Harg, Mjölby, but is currently living in Stockholm. She works as an Illustrator for children's books. Astrid studied art at Nyckelviksskolan, and also attended “Serieskolan”, a two-year cartoon-making training at Kvarnby Folkhögskola. She has worked with children for many years, including work in preschools and as in summer camps.
Ylva is a cartoonist who grew up in Falkenberg, but now lives and works in Malmö. She had been teaching cartoon-making at Malmö Kulturskola and has held workshops at various schools and festivals. She enjoys cultivating and has one of Swedens biggest collection of library cards. Find more info on her ongoing work at: kassettbandsbarnen.blogspot.se,
or instagram @ylvaoknelid.
Malin grew up on an island outside Göteborg, but lives and works in Stockholm now. She has studied Graphic Design at Forsbergs skola, several courses in storytelling at HDK (Högskolan för konsthantverk och design) in Göteborg, and Kvarnby folkhögskola's comic course in Malmö. She freelances as an Illustrator, Comic artist and Graphic Designer.
Sara Taub Mkelle
Sara is a project manager with an interest for community development, culture and justice issues. She studied documentary filmmaking at Biskops-Arnö, political science at Södertörns Högskola and international project management at Nätverkstan, Göteborg. Previous work includes teaching documentary filmmaking at Hola Folkhögskola and method development in the project “Art as a place to meet” (www.kosom.se). In 2014 she co-founded “Myller Kultur & Händelser” (www.myllerkultur.se), a cooperative in arts, tourism and cultural project. She is currently chairperson of Myller Kultur & händelser, and also of “Assaredsskolans föräldrakooperativa grundskola”, an elementary school in Gothenburg.
Sandra Chinery-Hesse lives in Göteborg and works as Seriestorm's Communicator. She cares for equality, community development and integration. Sandra has a Degree of Master of Laws and used to work as a Operations Developer and in teambuilding. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, running a book club and planning on how to improve the world.