Category Archives: News

Observations of multidisciplinary collaboration in Trash-2-Cash research project

The leader of F/T Futures Professor Kirsi Niinimäki provides a summary of findings from the article Outside the “Comfort Zone”: Designing Unknown in a Multidisciplinary Setting in Trash-2-Cash blog. 

Trash-2-Cash (T2C) research project has brought together partners from multiple disciplines with various knowledge backgrounds to work towards new material innovations.  Kirsi Niinimäki’s, Marjaana Tanttu’s and Cindy Kohtala’s article Outside the ”Comfort Zone”: Designing Unknown in a Multidisciplinary Setting, published in The Design Journal in 2017, provides observations from the beginning of the collaborative process in T2C. Check the main findings explained by Niinimäki in Trash-2-Cash blog (published April 19, 2018).

More information:
http://trash2cashproject.eu/

Fabric Presentation of Lebenskleidung and Lecture of Benjamin Itter

Sustainable fabric collection presentation Spring/Summer 2018 & lecture on sustainable textile supply chains with Benjamin Itter (Co-Founder Lebenskleidung)

Lebenskleidung1

When_19.03.2018
Session I: 15.00 – 16.30
Session II: 17:00 – 18:30
Fabric collection presentation open from 11:00 – 20:00

Where_Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture, Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design. Hämeentie 135 C, 6th floor, room 6098, Helsinki, Finland.

For Whom_Interested fashion designers, students an all those concerned about a clean textile industry

Together with Aalto University – School of Art, Design and Architecture, Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design, Lebenskleidung cordially invites you to join our event on 19th of March 2018 at Aalto University Hämeentie 135 C, 6th floor, room 6098, Helsinki, Finland. Lebenskleidung is a Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified sustainable fabric and material agency and wholesaler from Berlin/Germany. Lebenskleidung in its structure is unique as it offers especially small to medium scale designers across Europe the opportunity to work with a wide range of sustainable certified materials. The uniqueness is that Lebenskleidung stocks the fabrics and designers can work with material already from only one meter onwards. The material range includes organic cotton, organic wool, organic linen, recycled polyester, vegetabile tanned leather and more. Lebenskleidung works with production partners in Germany, Portugal, Turkey, France. The raw material comes from various organic projects around the world, like Turkey, Uganda, Argentina, or Belgium. Lebenskleidung was founded in 2008 and now is working in the board of directors of the International Association for Natural Textiles (IVN).

Lebenskleidung is based in Berlin/Germany where over the past ten years a huge network of sustainable fashion brands has grown, accompanied by the two biggest fairs on sustainable fashion worldwide, the Ethical Fashion Show and the Green Showroom. Together with Slow Fashion Spain from Madrid, Sustainable Angle London/UK Lebenskleidung and many others, Lebenskleidung is fighting for a greener textile industry across Europe.

Lebenskleidung2

Benjamin Itter (38) is co-founder and managing director of Lebenskleidung. As an advocate for a cleaner textile industry he is a founding member and strategic advisor of the Consortium of Green Fashion India (CGF) and is giving lectures and presentations on the topic sustainable fashion across Europe and around the world.

The topics of the lecture will include:
– How can a textile supply chain be clean and what are the problems of todays fashion industry for people and the enviroment?
– How do organic cotton farmers in Uganda benefit from a certified supply chain?
 – What material alternatives do we have and how can we as designers & consumers act towards a cleaner textile industry?

More info

 

Lost in the Wood(s) received ICMA Award of Excellence

Lost in the Wood(s), published by Aalto ARTS Books, has won the Award of Excellence given by the International Creative Media ICMA.

thumbnail_lostinthewoods_w700_en_enICMA is a worldwide competition for corporate medias, books, corporate design and magazines organized by International Editorial-Design & Research Forum. Altogether 376 publications from 27 countries participated this year. Lost in the Wood(s) publication was given Award of Excellence in the series “Books: Academic Works, Educational Textbooks and Schoolbooks”. Awards of Excellence are awarded for outstanding individual achievements. Often there are photo reports, illustrations or the print finishing that are honored this way.

Lost in the Wood(s) presents Aalto University’s CHEMARTS project and its outcomes and is made by Designer In Residence Pirjo Kääriäinen, designer Liisa Tervinen, photographer Eeva Suorlahti, graphic designer Safa Hovinen and producer Sanna Tyyri-Pohjonen. The book is printed by printhouse Aldus Oy.

“The award was really good news. This was the first time we attended an international book competition. We did well with the book, so I was happy to send it to a renowned competition. The workgroup was a real dream team. Of course Pirjo Kääriäinen and Liisa Tervinen made the hardest work, but also the great photos made the publication to what it is. The graphic designer crowned the visions successfully and also the printing house did a good job”, explains Tyyri-Pohjonen from Aalto ARTS Books.

Towards a more sustainable future of materials

The book Lost in the Wood(s) aims to bring together and make visible the new activity that is underway with wood-based biomaterials in Finland. In addition to CHEMARTS, the publication also strongly emphasizes Aalto University’s and its several partners’ extensive Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC) research project developing new biomaterial projects.

“With these projects we are creating new and more durable future of materials. The starting point is biomaterials and especially cellulose in its various forms. It is one of the most common natural raw materials and has the preconditions to be a real super material of the future. The projects bring together multidisciplinary top experts and have already created a new biomaterials network in Finland, that is a strong developer of future solutions also globally”, explains Pirjo Kääriäinen.

“It is always hard work to make a book, and it has required extensive expertise and cooperation both inside and outside the Aalto University. It’s great that an unbiased publication combining different disciplines got this kind of a spectacular form and was honored with this award”, says Liisa Tervinen.

Read more
ICMA: https://www.icma-award.com

The Art of Research Conference 2017

Two members of F/T Futures will present their works at the Art of Research conference 2017.

When_November 28th-30th, 2017
Where_Aalto University Dipoli building (Otakaari 24, Espoo)

Session 5: Body and Material
Julia Valle Noronha
The Body Within the Clothes: A case study on clothing design practice from a practitioner’s viewpoint
11:00-13:00, November 30th, Palaver studio

Session 6: Materiality
Barbara Jansen
Colour Flow and Colour Collage
14:00-16:00, November 30th, Lumituuli auditorio

Program: http://artofresearch2017.aalto.fi/programme.html 

Prof. Niinimäki’s Activities in November 2017

The leader of F/T Futures Professor Kirsi Niinimäki opened the PLATE conference with her keynote: “Fast or Slow. Fashion Lifecycles in a Circular Economy”. PLATE conference, on Product Lifetimes and the Environment, was organized the second time in Technical University Delft, Netherlands 8-10.11.
More information: http://www.plateconference.org/second-plate-conference/

Professor Niinimäki was also interviewed by Walter Stahel and the interview was send online on 9th of November (PLATE presents; Is planned obsolescence real). Interview was part of Disruptive innovation Festival organized by Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The online Disruptive Innovation Festival, filmed during PLATE, can be revisited until mid-January via the DIF playlist.
More Information: https://www.thinkdif.co/playlists/watch-tu-delfts-plate-conference

Call for Sustainable Fashion Doctoral Colloquium

https---cdn.evbuc.com-images-32768288-99447321203-1-original

A VIEW PLACES LEFT
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 essi.karell@aalto.fi 
–       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
Prepare:
–       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).

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.

ioncellf-prototype2_en_en

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.

More information:
http://trash2cashproject.eu/
https://globalchangeaward.com/