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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

Join Lunch Debate on New Materiality at Aalto ARTS: Professor Kirsi Niinimäki & Pirjo Kääriäinen

Debates about New Materiality and its meaning and relevance in the present and future Aalto University

  • Convenor: Prof. Paula Hohti  (Department of Art)
  • Location: Aalto University, Arabia Campus, Department of Art, Room 5022
  • Date/Time: 23.3. 2016/12:00

Time Table for the Lunch Debates (Spring 2016)

Debate 1: 26.1. 2016 at 12:00, room 5022:
“Ubiquitous computing and new configurations of digital space”
Lily Diaz (ARTS, Department of media)
Guest speaker 

Debate 2: 24.2. 2016 at 12:00, room 5022:
“Societal impact across ARTS
Kevin Tavin (ARTS, Department of art)
Sampsa Hyysalo (ARTS, Department of design) 

Debate 3:  23.3. 2016 at 12:00, room 5022:
“New materiality”
Kirsi Niinimäki (ARTS, Department of design)
Pirjo Kääriäinen (ARTS, Department of design)

Debate 4:  20.4. 2016 at 12:00, room 5022:
Ossi Naukkarinen (ARTS, Department of art)
Matti Häyry (BIZ, Department of Management Studies) 

Debate 5:  11.5. 2016 at 12:00, room 5022:
“History: The role and meaning at Aalto”
Pekka Korvenmaa  (ARTS, Department of Design)
Mats Fridlund (ENG, Department of Engineering design and production)


New Member: Post Doc Researcher Elina Ilén

Elina Ilén has started as Post Doc Researcher and coordinator in EU project Trash -2- Cash in Textile/Fashion Futures -research group. She has close to 20 year experience of R&D-projects in the area of functional textile materials & products and textile electronics applications in fashion supply chain. The topic of her Doctor’s Thesis: Decontamination of wearable textile electrodes for medical and health care (2015) Tampere University of Technology.
Link to T2C EU project: