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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€

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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