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), published by Aalto ARTS Books, has won the Award of Excellence given by the International Creative Media ICMA.
ICMA 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.
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
Colour Flow and Colour Collage
14:00-16:00, November 30th, Lumituuli auditorio
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
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.
F/T Futures research group hosted two days events under the topic of Sustainable Fashion in Circular Economy. The events started with a seminar where relevant academics and industry experts presented their works and followed by a doctoral colloquium. The following is a sketch from the events.
Kirsi Niinimäki, Leader of the F/T Futures research group, will give a talk at Designmuseo. The talk is organized by the NODUS (sustainable design) research group at Aalto University.
WHEN_August 31st, 2017 16:00 – 18:00
WHERE_Design Museum (Korkeavuorenkatu 23 Helsinki)
Welcome to hear the latest information from biomaterials and textile material recycling. Trash-2-Cash , T2C-project is an EU funded research project aiming to create newly regenerated fibers from pre-consumer and post-consumer waste. It’s also pioneering a whole new way of developing materials (http://trash2cashproject.eu/).
The second part of the seminar presents the publication Lost in the Wood(s). How could Finnish natural resource, renewable biomaterials -such as cellulose- replace oil-based resources and how could we create new business and service models for society through design and collaboration? This book presents inspiring cases and stories by researchers working with biomaterials. Through these cases, they suggest how a more sustainable future could be achieved.
Time: Tuesday 19th September at 15-18
Location: Designmuseum auditorium, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Helsinki
Organizers: Aalto University, Professor Kirsi Niinimäki and Designer in Residence Pirjo Kääriäinen, Fashion/Textile FUTURES research group
Agenda: September 15:00-17:00
Kirsi Niinimäki / Professor in Design / Team leader for Fashion/Textile FUTURES / Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Presenting T2C project
Emma Östmark / Director Sustainable Textile Fibres / RISE Research Institute of Sweden
Interdisciplinary collaboration for material innovation
Christian Tubito / Project Manager / Research & Innovation Material ConneXion Italy
Waste-free future of fashion industry -the chemistry behind it
Michael Hummel / Staff Scientist / Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering
The need of improvements in textile sorting of garments for textile-to-textile recycling
Helena Wedin / Researcher / RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
"Lost in the Wood(s), a new Biomateriality in Finland" Book launch
Edited by Pirjo Kääriäinen and Liisa Tervinen / Aalto ARTS Books
Visit also New Biomateriality Lab in Enter and Encounter exhibition in Designmuseum Helsinki (Korkeavuorenkatu 23).
New Biomateriality Lab in the Enter and Encounter exhibition presents new Finnish biomaterials, mainly based on wood. All materials have been invented and produced in multidisciplinary research projects in Aalto University.
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The Sustainable Fashion Doctoral Colloquium provides doctoral students the opportunity to present their work to senior faculty and engage with one another in a setting that is relatively informal but that allows for the fullest of intellectual exchanges. Students receive feedback on their research from Professor Cosette Armstrong, Professor Ulla Ræbild, Lecturer Claudia Henninger, Professor Kirsi Niinimäki and student peers.
Applications to participate in the Doctoral Colloquium are encouraged from doctoral students in the sustainable fashion field. We are seeking broad representation under topic sustainable fashion. Possible topics include, but are not limited:
1. Design for longevity
2. Design for services
3. Design for re-use in manufacture
4. Design for material recovery
Location: Aalto University, Hämeentie 135C, Helsinki, Finland
To apply for Doctoral Colloquium
Submit by 16th of September to firstname.lastname@example.org
– A research summary of your work (1000 words)
– A brief description of your research stage
– Your name
– Phone number
(Notification of acceptance by 20th of September. Places are limited.)
For participating students accepted in the colloquium
– Short presentation of your research
– Questions you would like to ask of doctoral colloquium mentors, either formally in the panel or informally during the day. They are here for you; seize the opportunity.
– A peer opponent statement
– A poster of your work, which will be exhibited in the Sustainable Fashion in a Circular Economy: Seminar (click here to view detailed instructions).