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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.

Two Days of Sustainable Fashion in Circular Economy

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.

FullSizeRender Seminar Kick-Off

IMG_7866Welcoming talk at the seminar by the research group leader Kirsi Niinimäki

IMG_7875 It was full house!

IMG_7889 The second day, doctoral colloquium, was with 11 doctoral students from various universities.

IMG_7891Active discussions!

Seminar & Book Launch: Bio-Circular-Collaborative


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 (

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
Welcome words
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

September 17:00-18:00
"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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Call for Sustainable Fashion Doctoral Colloquium

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

Date: 12/10/2017
Location: Aalto University, Hämeentie 135C, Helsinki, Finland

To apply for Doctoral Colloquium
Submit by 16th of September to 
–       A research summary of your work (1000 words)
–       A brief description of your research stage
–       Your name
–       Affiliation/University
–       Email
–       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).

Sustainable Fashion in a Circular Economy: Seminar 11/10/2017

The Aalto University is organizing a one-day interdisciplinary seminar aiming to open new views into sustainable fashion in the circular economy context. New perspectives will be provided, how to see circularity as a design and business asset based on systems thinking in the sustainable development context. Furthermore, existing business examples will be provided. International experts will provide the newest knowledge from design for circular economy and how to use this knowledge in the fashion and textile sector. The seminar will consist of presentations, a poster session, an exhibition and networking event.Welcome to participate and construct a network of researchers, designers, practitioners and PhD students from different disciplines around fashion in a circular economy.

-Professor Kirsi Niinimäki, Aalto University, Finland: Sustainable Fashion in a Circular Economy: a Need for Systemic Change
-Professor Cosette Armstrong, Oklahoma State University, USA: Digital Collaborative Clothing Consumption and the Circular Economy: A Research Agenda
-Professor Ulla Ræbild, Design School Kolding, Denmark: How to Design Garments for a Subscription Service?
-Research Associate Sara Han, Manchester Fashion Institute, UK: Circular Economy Fashion Strategies
-Chairman Rolf Heimann, Hessnatur Foundation, Germany: Sustainability as a Value Driver
-Founder and Director Ruari Mahon, Loughlin Joseph, USA: Promoting Circular Economy Practices through Consumer Engagement
-Fashion Designer Ina Budde, Design for Circularity, Germany: Design for Circularity – Product and System Innovation for a Circular Future of Fashion
-Lecturer Claudia Henninger, University of Manchester, UK: Sharing is Caring… or so They Say – Exploring the Role of oOwnership and Its Implications for Swapping in the Fashion Industry
-CEO Ann Runnel, Reserve Resources: The Undiscovered Business Potential of Production Leftovers within Global Fashion Supply Chains: Creating a Digitally Enhanced Circular Economy.

Date: 11th of October 2017
Place: Aalto University, Hämeentie 135C, Helsinki, Finland
Time: 9AM-7PM
Last Booking Date for this Event: 20th of September 2017 through link
Costs: The seminar is free of charge, but no show will be billed with 95€

Trash-2-Cash project present in H&M Global Change Awards

Trash-2-Cash (T2C) research project presented a garment made out of chemically recycled cotton in H&M Global Change Award Ceremony in Stockholm.


Last year a team from Aalto University won the Global Change Award (GCA), which is an innovation challenge organized by H&M foundation. Aalto’s winning proposal was about “Making waste cotton new” with Ioncell-F technology. Since then, Ioncell-F process has been further developed with GCA prize and in T2C project. In this year’s awards, Pirjo Kääriäinen from Aalto’s GCA winning team and Essi Karell from T2C exhibited a garment to demonstrate the progress made during the past year.

The garment was also shown 3 April in H&M Change Makers Lab at Fotografiska, Stockholm. The event brought together around 250 change makers (including partners, innovators, governments, investors, trade unions, NGO’s and other brands) to challenge the existing practices of the fashion industry and discuss new technologies and material recycling.

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OPEN LECTURE: Dr. Katve-Kaisa Kontturi

When? Monday April 3rd, 2017 12:00-13:00
Where? Room 6088, Arabia

Matters of Fabrics, Fashion and New Materialism
This lecture charts the connections of New Materialism, fabrics and fashion by focusing on the question of ‘what a cloth can do?’ With concrete examples such as Bjork’s dress (designed by Iris van Herpen) in the concert documentary Biophilia (2013) the lecture shows how new materialist concepts and methods can approach fabrics and fashion beyond ‘mere meaning’. The lecture’s case studies also introduce a variety of practice-based art-fabric-fashion projects currently run in Melbourne, Australia’s fashion capital.

Dr Katve-Kaisa Kontturi is an art theorist and writer. Her research focuses on material-relational processes of art and the body and she has a special interest in fashion, fabrics, and curating. She is currently a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow and co-convenor of the Matters of the Body research cluster in the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne, where she co-convenes Matters of the Body research cluster (MOB). She is also a founding member of the European New Materialist Network (COST IS1307, 2014-2018), and co-chairs its working group New Materialism Embracing Creative Arts. Her essays have appeared, for example in Carnal Knowledge: Towards A ‘New Materialism’ Through the Arts (2013) and in the new materialist special issues of A+M Journal of Art and Media Studies (2014) and Cultural Studies Review(2015). She is preparing a book manuscript The Way of Following: Art, Materiality, Collaboration for the Immediations Series at Open Humanities Press.