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Panel Discussion: SuomiAreena


Doctoral Candidate Essi Karell will join SuomiAreena’s panel discussion Dress up in wood – sustainability into fashion business. The discussion is organised by Academy of Finland and Sitra.

Tohtoriopiskelija Essi Karell on mukana SuomiAreenan paneelikeskustelussa Pukeudu puuhun – kestävyyttä vaatebisnekseen. Keskustelun järjestää Suomen Akatemia ja Sitra.

When/milloin? 18.7.2019, 16:00-17:00
Where/missä? Kaupungintalon piha, Hallituskatu 12, Pori

Ali Harlin, professori, FinnCERES, VTT, Aalto
Essi Karell, tohtorikoulutettava, vaatesuunnittelija, Aalto-yliopisto
Janne Laine, professori, vararehtori, Aalto-yliopisto
Leena-Kaisa Piekkari, asiantuntija, kiertotalous, Sitra

Kirsi Alm-Siira, uutisankkuri, toimittaja, MTV Uutiset

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Ommel 2019 Sewing Festival

e2429c03-d4f7-4aa7-b06d-05bc2720e813Doctoral Candidate Essi Karell gave a lecture on Clothing Design in a Circular Economy at Finland’s largest sewing event Ommel 2019 on June 8, 2019.

“Ommel 2019 is a sewing festival with a strong communal aspect for all sewists from beginners to professionals. The event combines a fabric and sewing supply market, a three-day sewing retreat, and educational contents such as courses, lectures, and workshops.”

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SWAP! - FashionRev_Page_2

F/T Futures is hosting a swapping event as part of the Fashion Revolution Week 2019! Feel free to join us!

When_11:00-14:00, Friday, April 26, 2019
Where_Aalto University, VÄRE building, V1 Gallery,
Otaniementie 14

How does it work?

1. Donate gently used items: clothes, shoes, or accessories.
2. Come and choose donated items to take home with you (up to the number you donated).
3. Enjoy taking part of the Fashion Revolution week!

For more information: manuel.ariasbarrantes(at)

BOOK RELEASE: Sustainable Fashion in a Circular Economy

sustainable_fashion_kannet_malliEdited by professor Kirsi Niinimäki, the leader of F/T Futures research group.

The promotion of sustainable fashion within a circular economy is a vital contemporary topic. This publication presents up-to-date research about the various levels of circularity at work in the fashion industry. Experts of design, consumption, business and industry explain how circularity in the production and consumption of fashion can be approached in manifold ways. This collection of texts highlights the fresh, critical thinking that is currently influencing the fashion industry to adopt the practice of sustainable transformation within a circular economy.

The publication addresses the following themes:

  • How to include consumers within the changing process of fashion consumption?
  • New design and business strategies for the circular transformation of fashion.
  • Developing a systems approach to circularity, which includes the recycling and recovering of materials at an industrial level.

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Doctoral Dissertation: Namkyu Chun

Namkyu_Dissertation_CoverMFA Namkyu Chun will defend his doctoral dissertation
Re(dis)covering Fashion Designers: Interweaving Dressmaking and Placemaking
on Thursday 15 November 2018.

Opponent: PhD Pammi Sinha, University of Leeds
Custos: prof. Kirsi Niinimäki

Time: 15.11.2018, 12:00 – 14:00
Place: B-200 Nokia Hall at Aalto University School of Business Töölö campus, Runeberginkatu 14-16

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Re(dis)covering Fashion Designers: Interweaving Dressmaking and Placemaking discusses the social role of fashion designers. It departed from the encounter with the mystification of what they actually do and the unclear contribution to society as a profession. While critically reflecting on design thinking approaches that have contributed to the expansion of design, this book also questions if design can be generalized without the careful understanding of cultural differences among subfields of design.

Re(dis)covering Fashion Designers invites a dialogue embracing the material and immaterial worlds of fashion through two studies in Helsinki, Finland. The metaphor of weaving is adopted to not just interlace the narratives of the studies but also to be used as a piece of fabric patchworking the gap between design and fashion. The two studies were constructed to both recover and rediscover fashion designers. The notion of recovery is presented in relation to the meaning of the fashion design pro­fession in the contemporary fashion system due to certain prejudices. Meanwhile, the notion of rediscovery is tied to the prac­tice of fashion designers, especially the ignored tradition of dressmaking and their shared culture. The results suggest both rethinking what they are capable of and exploring possibilities to expand their role. The studies woven together present an original contribution of fashion designers as engaged actors of society beyond image-making.


The dissertation notice and the published dissertation are placed for public display at Väre (Otanimementie 14), at least 10 days before the defence date.


Future Fabric


Professor Kirsi Niinimäki had a presentation “Futures Fabrics, Futures Consumption” at Helsinki Design Week‘s event Future Fabric on 18th of September. The event was organised by Helsinki Think Company in a Science corner (Tiedekulma). Helsinki Think Company is the entrepreneurship society of the University of Helsinki.

Tähän kysymykseen tarjosi vastauksia Future Fabric tapahtuma 18.9.2018. Osana Helsinki Design Weekiä järjestetetyssä puhujatapahtumassa tarkasteltiin suomalaisen muodin tulevaisuutta kolmesta näkökulmasta: Tulevaisuuden materiaaliteknologiat. Miten luoda uusia, ympäristöystävällisempiä materiaaleja? Mikä rooli perustutkimuksella on uusien materiaalien synnyssä? Teknologiasta teollisuuteen; Onko kalliista innovaatioista vaatealan mullistajiksi? Entä voiko pienestä maasta ponnistaen selättää skaalautuvuuden haasteet? Professori Kirsi Niinimäki piti tapahtumassa puheenvuoron näkökulmalla, Tulevaisuuden tekstiilit ja tulevaisuuden kuluttaminen.

Smart Textile Summit 2018

Emmi Pouta was presenting her research at Smart Textile Summit, that is continually organized networking event that deals with the latest from Finnish smart textile research and industry. The first event focused on human experiences with smart textiles in different forms of our everyday life.

Event was organized in collaboration of Happy Textiles Bazaar, Aalto University Experience Platform, Aalto University Materials Platform, and Start North. Event was a part of the official Helsinki Design Week program, and took place on September 12th.

The title of the presentation was Touch Interwoven – Interactive Textile as an Interface Between Physical and Digital Worlds.

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New materials from the Trash-2-Cash project at Dutch Design Week 2018

Academic and industry designers have been collaborating with scientists and engineers over the last three years to produce these new materials from textile waste.

The 18 partners from 10 countries are showing six brand new prototypes at Dutch Design Week 2018, comprised of new, recycled and recyclable apparel and automotive materials and concepts. We are also sharing this new way of working, outlining how science, design and industry can input into the process from beginning to end.



Think First – Panel discussion at Habitare 2018


September 15, 2018. Doctoral Candidate Essi Karell took part in “Think First” panel discussion addressing the topic “design and nature” as part of Habitare Interior, Design & Furniture Fair 2018. The question of how design can contribute to environmental protection was approached from the perspectives of design, production and consumption with the other panelists Teemu Järvi (designer, artist) and Rudi Merz (carpenter, furniture designer). The panel was moderated by Piia Lehtinen from Designmuseo.

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Aalto Design Research: Fasttalk Superday at HDW 2018


Doctoral candidates Namkyu Chun and Essi Karell presented their research in the format of three-minute mini talks in the “Fasttalk Superday”, where wide variety of research topics were introduced  by Aalto University’s design researchers. The event was part of the official program of Helsinki Design Week and took place in the Helsinki City Hall on the 10th of September 2018.

Namkyu Chun “What other roles can fashion designers play rather than dressing the public?”
Essi Karell “Design for textile recycling – Addressing textile material circulation through clothing design”

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