Interwoven – Exploring Materials and Structures by Maarit Salolainen

Light of Night | Design Yumi Kurotani | Photo Eeva Suorlahti

Book presentation

Wednesday 30 OCTOBER, 17h00–21h00
VENUE: Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA), Ahertajantie 5, Espoo

The book presentation of Interwoven – Exploring Materials and Structures written by Maarit Salolainen takes us on a journey to learn about woven textiles and experience emotions and stories of textiles at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA).

The book offers an introduction to the core of constructed textile design. This is done by encouraging exploration into woven structures and their interplay with different materials – fibres and yarns, and inspiring to tell textural, tactile stories through textiles. It illustrates a new pedagogical method for woven textile design studies; from basic weave structures to multi-layered constructions and digital jacquard design, from experimenting and exploring to industrial manufacturing, and from conceptual to professionally coordinated fabric collections.

Interwoven – Exploring Materials and Structures has grown from creative director and Aalto University professor Maarit Salolainen’s teaching practice and design expertise, and includes sections written by textile design lecturers Maija Fagerlund, Anna-Mari Leppisaari and professor Kirsi Niinimäki, who is a leading expert in sustainable fashion and textiles. The fascinating story of textile practices, fabrics, fibres and yarns, their past and present, and their cross-cultural roles, meanings and influences are interwoven through presentations of Aalto ARTS design students’ work. These emotionally rich, tactile textile stories are photographed by Eeva Suorlahti. The book will be published by Aalto ARTS Books.

Textiles Tomorrow Summit

Wednesday 30 – Thursday 31 October 2019
Venue: Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
+ Company Visits on Friday 1 November 2019, Helsinki

Textiles Tomorrow Summit brings together an international network of textile educators to discuss the future of textiles and share their knowledge and expertise. Aalto University is proud to host the second textile education conference initiated by Lidewij Edelkoort in 2018 at The New School/Parsons, New York.


Chemarts Summer School 2019 | Photo Eeva Suorlahti

CHEMARTS is a long-term strategic collaboration between two Aalto University schools, The School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM) and The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS). The schools merged their forces with the aim to invent new ways to harness wood and cellulose. The idea is to research the performance and design of advanced cellulosic materials for innovative uses.

F/T Futures

Ioncell coat | Design Anna-Mari Leppisaari | Photo Eeva Suorlahti

The Fashion/Textile Futures research group explores new perspectives on human-centered design research. The group approaches research in the field of fashion, clothing and textiles in multi-faceted ways. A strong research focus is on sustainable and circular fashion and textiles, but group members’ research activities and strengths also include material-based research, aesthetics and creativity studies, practice-based research, and strategic fashion and textile management.