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.

This year our aim is to continue sharing ideas as a community and to take further steps to build bridges between textile academics and professionals. The summit provides a versatile platform for learning and discussing topics of novel sustainable textile materials, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and artistic and technical expertise.

The summit includes a number of exhibitions. The Väre Building and the Learning Centre exhibitions feature the versatility and high artistry of textile design at Aalto University. The ClimATE exhibition showcases research, prototypes, artworks, workshops, readings and screenings discussing climate change and food systems.

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), where you can also explore the group exhibition Interwoven featuring 12 artists. 

The educational and design talks offer a platform for textile academics and professionals from all over the world to share their knowledge and expertise with us. The studio visits and presentations in Aalto textiles workshops and Bioproduct Centre lead us to peek behind the scenes of tomorrow’s textiles. 

KEYNOTES: Lidewij Edelkoort and Kirsi Niinimäki
PARALLEL SESSIONS: Educational and Design Talks, Studio Visits and Presentations
EXHIBITIONS: Väre Building, Learning Centre and Undergraduate Centre
BOOK PRESENTATION: Interwoven – Exploring Materials and Structures by Maarit Salolainen
CONTACT: aaltotextiles@aalto.fi and Facebook
Please confirm your participation at the conference by registering to the Textiles Tomorrow Summit by 1 October here .

Welcome to the Summit!

Textiles Tomorrow Summit is endorsed by Cumulus Association.

Wings – As on a dragonfly
The light and transparent plain-weave sheer sample Wings from collection Party Time by Aalto ARTS MA student Anna Sorri is the icon of our Summit. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti