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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.

Open Lecture: Dr. Katherine Townsend

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-When: February 15th (Wed), 12:00-13:00
-Where: Aalto University Arabia Campus Room 6088

Lecture summary

Closely Held Secrets: Embodied knowledge in fashion and textile practice

This lecture provides an overview of a series of research projects that Katherine has coordinated and contributed to creatively. Her interest lies in the relationships between embodied knowledge and skills of designing and making and the use of hand/digital crafting technologies. The lecture will discuss Closely Held Secrets, a recently published chapter about hidden creative relationships, in Crafting Textiles in the Digital Age (Nimkulrat et al 2016). It will also cover a range of emerging methodologies and outcomes from current collaborative ongoing investigations, including: Crafting Anatomies, The Electric Corset, Emotional Fit and PhD studies – all of which draw upon diverse material resources and embodied human interactions to inform design innovation.



Dr Katherine Townsend is a Reader in Fashion and Textile Crafts at Nottingham Trent University. Her work as a researcher, author and curator builds on her early career as a fashion and textile designer, supplying independent and high street stores such as Henri Bendels, New York and Top Shop, UK. Her research has been published internationally and she has co-curated various fashion and textile exhibitions featuring expert practitioners and artists, including: Metallic Sound with Japanese master weaver, Junichi Arai; Closely Held Secrets, with Grayson Perry and Crafting Anatomies with over 40 international contributing makers. Her current research projects, Emotional Fit: Developing a new fashion methodology with mature women and The Electric Corset and Other Future Histories, explore design issues in fashion and ageing and the use of costume archives to inform interactive wearable technology. She is a supervisor and external examiner for MA and PhD studies focused on digital crafting approaches such as: 3D knitting and weaving; laser cutting; creative/ zero-waste pattern cutting; motion capture technology; fashion and ageing and sustainable design. Since 2010 she has acted as co-editor of the journal of Craft Research, published by Intellect, UK.


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Public Defense of Maarit Aakko’s Dissertation Fashion In-between


MA Maarit Aakko will defend her dissertation Fashion In-between. Artisanal Design and Production of Fashion on Friday 19 August 2016 at Aalto University School of Art and Design, Hämeentie 135C, 8th floor (the big lecture hall, 822).

The opponent will be professor Hazel Clark from Parsons School of Design (The New School), and the custos will be professor Kirsi Niinimäki from Aalto University Department of Design. The discussion will be in English.

Presentation by Kristi Kuusk PhD

Can design process make technology more human while innovating crafts? Kristi will share the insights from working with smart textiles, where the hard technology meets soft textiles. She will explain the craft and sustainability qualities refined through her PhD research

-Date: Wednesday 15th of June 13-15
-Location: Aalto University Arabia campus Room 6088

Kristi Kuusk works on bridging textiles and technology in smart textile projects at Spell disain. She is looking for new ways for textiles and fashion to be more sustainable through the implementation of technology. Her research on craftsmanship, smart textiles and sustainability resulted in a PhD thesis “Crafting sustainable smart textile services” presented in 2016 at Eindhoven University of Technology.

Presentation: Prof. Vibeke Riisberg

Professor Vibeke Riisberg will give a presentation on sustainability projects of fashion and textile design students from Design School Kolding, Denmark.

When: Aalto ARTS (Arabia campus) Room 6087
Where: 12.00


Vibeke Riisberg holds a Ph.D. in design of printed textiles and the evolution from analogue to digital processes. She has done research in institutional contexts such as office environments and hospitals as well as design education. Recent research interests include handling of textiles in service systems, sustainability, design and aesthetic experience. Publications include Riisberg, V. & Bang, A. (2014): Design Practice and Aesthetics. Conference paper The Aesthetics of Design, May 16-18.  Riisberg, V. et al (2014): AWARENESS – Tactility and Experience as Transformational Strategy. Conference paper Shape Shifting, April 14-16, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. To be published in the proceedings. Riisberg, V. & Munch, A. V. (2015):  Decoration and Durability – Ornaments and their ‘appropriateness’ from fashion and design to architecture. Published in the online journal Artifact. Brun Petersen, T. & Riisberg, V. (2016): Pockets, Buttons and Hangers: Designing a New Uniform for Health Care Professionals. Design Issues Volume 32, Number 1.

TEXTILEISM – Future & Textiles SEMINAR

textileism SEMINARPOSTER copyWHEN? Tuesday 15.3. 2016 14–17
WHERE? Aalto ARTS, Hämeentie 135 C, 8th Floor, room 822

14–14.30 | Designer in Residence Pirjo Kääriäinen, Aalto University, CHEMARTS

14.30–15.30 | Professor Carole Collet, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, UK

15.30–16.30 | Professor Linda Worbin, Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Swe

16.30–16.45 | Juha Laurikainen, Chairman of TEXO ry, The Finnish Association of Textile Artists


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Julia Valle’s Researchers’ Breakfast at Aalto Media Factory (Feb. 12)

What? Dress(v.): Investigating a Design Practice from the Maker’s Viewpoint

The project aims at raising awareness towards the experience of dressing through creative pattern cutting.

When? 8:30-10:00am, February 12th, 2016

Where? Aalto Media Factory Auditorium (Hämeentie 135 A 3rd floor, Helsinki, Finland)

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Open Lecture: Barbara Jansen, Feb. 4th

FTF Fashion/Textile FUTURES research group presents;
PhD Barbara Jansen’s open lecture

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-When? Thursday the 4th of February at 11.00-12.00
-Where? Aalto University Arabia campus Room 6088

Barbara Jansen will present her PhD thesis: Composing over time, temporal patterns – in Textile Design. The work presented in this thesis investigates through practice a new field of textile design exploring the visual effects of moving light as a continuous time-based medium. Thereby, the textile design pattern reveals its composition, not in one moment of time any more, but in fact over time.

Barbara Jansen is a textile designer whose design research aims to explore the interaction between textiles, light, movement and time. She has recently graduated from the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås with her PhD thesis, in which she investigates the conceptual and aesthetic development of lighting textile design, exploring interaction between daylight and textile surfaces, and the integration of artificial light into textiles. Thereby the focus of her research is shifting more and more towards the issue of how to compose time, movement and light inside textiles. Her work is driven by a pronounced experimental, practice based design research approach and bridges the use of craft and industrial techniques