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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)

For more information: Link

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

Design Driven Innovations workshop by Prof. Roberto Verganti 10-11/12/2015

The workshop focused on:

  • positioning design within theories of innovation
  • focusing on design as “innovation of meaning”, i.e. the creation of new experiences
  • understanding the role of technologies (and in particular material technologies) as enabler of new meaningful experiences
  • exploring the process for the creation of new meanings through technologies.

Roberto Verganti is Professor of Leadership and Innovation at Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches in the School of Management and the School of Design, and where he directs MaDe In Lab, the laboratory on the MAnagement of DEsign and INnovation.

“We come from the age of innovation; to be more precise, from the age of innovation of solutions. In the last decade companies have strengthened their capability to solve problems in novel ways. They have now methods and tools to create unprecedented numbers of ideas both from within their organizations (e.g. design thinking, innovation jams) and from outsiders (e.g. open innovation, crowdsourcing). Firms nowadays do not lack ideas. They are overwhelmed by ideas.” (Roberto Verganti)

The workshop was organized by FTF Fashion/Textile Futures research group in Aalto ARTS and VTT as part of the DWoC and Trash-2-Cash projects.

T2C project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 646226. DWoC is funded by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.

DIGItex 2013-2014

Projektin tavoitteena oli tutkia ja kehittää digitaaliseen tekstiilitulostamiseen liittyviä tuote- ja palveluliiketoimintaratkaisuja tulevaisuuden kestävän kehityksen vaatimusten mukaisiksi. Projektin tavoitteena oli myös kehittää uudenlaisia digitaaliseen tekstiilitulostamiseen perustuvia tuotesuunnitteluratkaisuja.
Yhteistyössä mukana Printscorpio, VTT, TTY, TAMK ja Aalto. Projektin rahoitti Tekes ja Printscorpio.

In DIGItex project new product-service-system concepts for digital textile printing was developed.