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Open Lecture: Anna-Mari Almida

F/T Futures welcomes you all for the open lecture.

Anna-Mari Almila: The multiple dimensions of ‘comfort’ in dress: rethinking bodies, garments and environments

WHEN_Monday, the 19th of March, 12:00-13:00
WHERE_Aalto ARTS Arabia campus, Room 6088

Dr Anna-Mari Almila is Research Fellow in Sociology of Fashion at London College of Fashion, UAL. She writes in the fields of cultural, global and historical sociology, and her topics include the historical/political construction of urban spaces; the materiality of dressed bodies and their environments; fashion globalization; history of fashion studies; and gendered wine mediation and consumption. She is the author of Veiling in Fashion: Space and the Hijab in Minority Communities (2018 in press, I.B. Tauris), and the editor of The Routledge International Handbook to Veils and Veiling Practices (2017) and The Sage Handbook to Cultural Sociology (2016). Dr Almila is a visiting researcher in FTF Fashion/Textile Futures research group during March-May 2018 (Host Professor Niinimäki).

Fabric Presentation of Lebenskleidung and Lecture of Benjamin Itter

Sustainable fabric collection presentation Spring/Summer 2018 & lecture on sustainable textile supply chains with Benjamin Itter (Co-Founder Lebenskleidung)

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When_19.03.2018
Session I: 15.00 – 16.30
Session II: 17:00 – 18:30
Fabric collection presentation open from 11:00 – 20:00

Where_Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture, Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design. Hämeentie 135 C, 6th floor, room 6098, Helsinki, Finland.

For Whom_Interested fashion designers, students an all those concerned about a clean textile industry

Together with Aalto University – School of Art, Design and Architecture, Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design, Lebenskleidung cordially invites you to join our event on 19th of March 2018 at Aalto University Hämeentie 135 C, 6th floor, room 6098, Helsinki, Finland. Lebenskleidung is a Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified sustainable fabric and material agency and wholesaler from Berlin/Germany. Lebenskleidung in its structure is unique as it offers especially small to medium scale designers across Europe the opportunity to work with a wide range of sustainable certified materials. The uniqueness is that Lebenskleidung stocks the fabrics and designers can work with material already from only one meter onwards. The material range includes organic cotton, organic wool, organic linen, recycled polyester, vegetabile tanned leather and more. Lebenskleidung works with production partners in Germany, Portugal, Turkey, France. The raw material comes from various organic projects around the world, like Turkey, Uganda, Argentina, or Belgium. Lebenskleidung was founded in 2008 and now is working in the board of directors of the International Association for Natural Textiles (IVN).

Lebenskleidung is based in Berlin/Germany where over the past ten years a huge network of sustainable fashion brands has grown, accompanied by the two biggest fairs on sustainable fashion worldwide, the Ethical Fashion Show and the Green Showroom. Together with Slow Fashion Spain from Madrid, Sustainable Angle London/UK Lebenskleidung and many others, Lebenskleidung is fighting for a greener textile industry across Europe.

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Benjamin Itter (38) is co-founder and managing director of Lebenskleidung. As an advocate for a cleaner textile industry he is a founding member and strategic advisor of the Consortium of Green Fashion India (CGF) and is giving lectures and presentations on the topic sustainable fashion across Europe and around the world.

The topics of the lecture will include:
– How can a textile supply chain be clean and what are the problems of todays fashion industry for people and the enviroment?
– How do organic cotton farmers in Uganda benefit from a certified supply chain?
 – What material alternatives do we have and how can we as designers & consumers act towards a cleaner textile industry?

More info

 

2nd Clothing Swap Event

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F/T Futures is hosting the second clothing swap event for the upcoming spring season. It’s to encourage sustainable consumption practice. It’s a free event. Feel free to join us!

When_12:00-15:00, Monday, March 12, 2018
Where_Aalto University Arabia campus ground floor (near Kipsari’s entrance).

Rhythms in Infant Brain: Wearables for Computational Diagnostics and Mobile Monitoring of Treatment (RIB)

This interdisciplinary project is a joint endeavor between Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Dept of Design, and School of Electrical Engineering, Dept. Signal Processing and Acoustics (Aalto/Elec) as well as University of Helsinki (UH) and University of Turku (UTU). The project is funded by the Academy of Finland, Health from Science (TERVA) Academy Programme, that is aimed at encouraging researchers to seek bold, new research initiatives that can solve health issues related to major public health diseases. We in Aalto arts will in this project study infants and their caretakers in order to design functional and aesthetically pleasing, medically equipped textile wearables and clothing that help detecting early symptoms of health issues in babies.

Lost in the Wood(s) received ICMA Award of Excellence

Lost in the Wood(s), published by Aalto ARTS Books, has won the Award of Excellence given by the International Creative Media ICMA.

thumbnail_lostinthewoods_w700_en_enICMA is a worldwide competition for corporate medias, books, corporate design and magazines organized by International Editorial-Design & Research Forum. Altogether 376 publications from 27 countries participated this year. Lost in the Wood(s) publication was given Award of Excellence in the series “Books: Academic Works, Educational Textbooks and Schoolbooks”. Awards of Excellence are awarded for outstanding individual achievements. Often there are photo reports, illustrations or the print finishing that are honored this way.

Lost in the Wood(s) presents Aalto University’s CHEMARTS project and its outcomes and is made by Designer In Residence Pirjo Kääriäinen, designer Liisa Tervinen, photographer Eeva Suorlahti, graphic designer Safa Hovinen and producer Sanna Tyyri-Pohjonen. The book is printed by printhouse Aldus Oy.

“The award was really good news. This was the first time we attended an international book competition. We did well with the book, so I was happy to send it to a renowned competition. The workgroup was a real dream team. Of course Pirjo Kääriäinen and Liisa Tervinen made the hardest work, but also the great photos made the publication to what it is. The graphic designer crowned the visions successfully and also the printing house did a good job”, explains Tyyri-Pohjonen from Aalto ARTS Books.

Towards a more sustainable future of materials

The book Lost in the Wood(s) aims to bring together and make visible the new activity that is underway with wood-based biomaterials in Finland. In addition to CHEMARTS, the publication also strongly emphasizes Aalto University’s and its several partners’ extensive Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC) research project developing new biomaterial projects.

“With these projects we are creating new and more durable future of materials. The starting point is biomaterials and especially cellulose in its various forms. It is one of the most common natural raw materials and has the preconditions to be a real super material of the future. The projects bring together multidisciplinary top experts and have already created a new biomaterials network in Finland, that is a strong developer of future solutions also globally”, explains Pirjo Kääriäinen.

“It is always hard work to make a book, and it has required extensive expertise and cooperation both inside and outside the Aalto University. It’s great that an unbiased publication combining different disciplines got this kind of a spectacular form and was honored with this award”, says Liisa Tervinen.

Read more
ICMA: https://www.icma-award.com

The Art of Research Conference 2017

Two members of F/T Futures will present their works at the Art of Research conference 2017.

When_November 28th-30th, 2017
Where_Aalto University Dipoli building (Otakaari 24, Espoo)

Session 5: Body and Material
Julia Valle Noronha
The Body Within the Clothes: A case study on clothing design practice from a practitioner’s viewpoint
11:00-13:00, November 30th, Palaver studio

Session 6: Materiality
Barbara Jansen
Colour Flow and Colour Collage
14:00-16:00, November 30th, Lumituuli auditorio

Program: http://artofresearch2017.aalto.fi/programme.html 

Don’t Shop, Swap!

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F/T Futures research group organizes a public event to encourage the sustainable consumption practice in fashion.

Where_27/11/2017 (Mon), 16:00-19:00
When_Aalto University Arabia campus 8th floor

Contact_manuel.ariasbarrantes at aalto.fi

Prof. Niinimäki’s Activities in November 2017

The leader of F/T Futures Professor Kirsi Niinimäki opened the PLATE conference with her keynote: “Fast or Slow. Fashion Lifecycles in a Circular Economy”. PLATE conference, on Product Lifetimes and the Environment, was organized the second time in Technical University Delft, Netherlands 8-10.11.
More information: http://www.plateconference.org/second-plate-conference/

Professor Niinimäki was also interviewed by Walter Stahel and the interview was send online on 9th of November (PLATE presents; Is planned obsolescence real). Interview was part of Disruptive innovation Festival organized by Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The online Disruptive Innovation Festival, filmed during PLATE, can be revisited until mid-January via the DIF playlist.
More Information: https://www.thinkdif.co/playlists/watch-tu-delfts-plate-conference

Lunch Talk: Fashion Designs and Copyright

Upcoming Lunch Talk by the visiting PhD candidate Heidi Härkönen (Master of Laws).

-What_”Fashion Designs and Copyright”
-When_01/11/2017 (Wed), 12:00-13:00
-Where_Aalto ARTS Arabia Campus Room 6088

In this lunch seminar, PhD candidate Heidi Härkönen will talk about her on-going PhD-research project on fashion law. The specific topic of the seminar concerns fashion designs and copyright. In her talk Heidi Härkönen will ask, what are the limitations of a fashion designer’s creativity caused by copyright, when the designer’s creativity is interacting with the creativity of other fashion designers? She will also address the question of what would be the ideal level of intellectual property protection for fashion designs?

About Heidi Härkönen
Heidi Härkönen is a PhD Candidate at University of Lapland and a visiting researcher at Aalto University. Her major is intellectual property law and in her PhD project she is concentrating on exclusive rights to fashion designs. Prior to her PhD studies, she has practiced law for three years. She also works as the president of the Finnish Fashion Law Association.