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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.

Waste cotton project visits Shanghai

In February researchers from Aalto got the first ever H&M Global Change Award together with VTT and University of Helsinki (more info at Aalto University web page). The award came together with a one year innovation training program. As a part of that Marjaana Tanttu from FTFutures and Michael Hummel from Aalto Chem were participating a one week workshop in Shanghai.

This really interesting week included visits to H&M production and sales offices, and a factory visit to two Far Eastern Group textile factories, focusing on knitting, dyeing and garment manufacturing. During the week we learned a lot about textile process chain and volume of production in China. Below  is the first half of a factory hall devoted for fabric opening and quality check!

factory overview

Fashion Colloquia São Paulo: Namkyu Chun & Julia Valle Noronha

Two members of F/T Futures, Namkyu Chun and Julia Valle Noronha, will participate and present their paper at Fashion Colloquia São Paulo.

When? April 11-15

Where? 4 different institutions in Sao Paulo, including Escola de Artes, Ciencias e Humanidades (EACH-USP, official host of the event), Faculdade Santa Marcelina (FASM) and Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas (FMU).

More info (Fashion Colloquia São Paulo)


A process revolutionizing cotton recycling wins the H&M Global Change Award


The Ioncell-F™ process adapted for the conversion of waste-cotton into new textile was awarded as one of five winners among 2,700 proposals.

The award of 300 000 euros was presented by HRH Crown Princess Victoria to  Designer in Residence Pirjo Kääriäinen, Professor Ali Harlin, Professor Herbert Sixta and Postdoctoral researcher Michael Hummel.

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