Creating New Textile Futures
DIALOGUES presents textiles both as a medium for creativity, design, technology and innovation and as a bridge between disciplines and schools at Aalto University. The many challenges facing the textile and fashion industries are addressed in this exhibition through different perspectives and expressions, ranging from design engineering research projects to art installations.
The exhibition presents creative design work, artistic exploration, material solutions and design pedagogy demonstrating the multitude of textile work across disciplines at Aalto University. DIALOGUES: Creating New Textile Futures at Dipoli Gallery features work from Aalto ARTS, AaltoSCI, AaltoCHEM, AaltoENG and AaltoELEC.
This exhibition continues the series DIALOGUES, presenting textiles as a medium for future solutions. DIALOGUES launched in New York in November 2022 with a joint exhibition and seminar by Aalto University and Parsons - The New School.
Nora Bremer, Sven Bossuyt, You-Chia Chen, Elisa Defossez, Venla Elonsalo, Francesco Furlan, Ramyah Gowrishankar, Sofía Guridi, Leonardo Hidalgo Uribe, Helmiina Hirviniemi, Yun-Jung Hsieh, Leevi Ikäheimo, Iines Jakovlev, Pia Johansson, Jarno Kettunen, Yoonsik Kim, Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen, Josh Krute, Praejeen Kunawong, Miisa Lehto & Samu Salovaara, Anna-Mari Leppisaari, Helmi Liikanen, Mithila Mohan, Hilda Niemelä, Aino Ojala, Tuulikki Peltonen, Emmi Pouta, Maarit Salolainen, Laura Rusanen, Ulla Vahteri
Ioncell / Lindström towel project knit: Ioncell team, Elina Onkinen, Kasia Gorniak
Sun-powered Textiles / Moiré project: Zuzana Zmatekova, Janne Halme, Elina Ilén, Maarit Salolainen
BioColour / Natural Indigo project: Arttu Åfeldt, Kirsi Niinimäki, Maija Fagerlund
CHEMARTS, Wearable systems Lab: Xiao Yu
Aalto University Bioinnovation center
Aalto University research groups:
Mobile Cloud Computing
Multifunctional Materials Design
Kuura/ Metsä Group
Dialogues Exhibition Team
Concept: Maarit Salolainen
Curation: Maarit Salolainen, Anna-Mari Leppisaari and Maija Fagerlund
Production: Nora Bremer
Exhibition design: Hanna Anonen
Graphic design: Aino Salonen
Dipoli Gallery Curator: Edel O’ Reilly
Exhibition Dates: 28.11.22-28.02.23
Mon-Thu: 8:00–20:00 / Fri: 8:00–18:00 / Sat-Sun: Closed
Dipoli Gallery, Otakaari 24, 02150 Espoo / Aalto University
Further information & exhibition contact: Edel O' Reilly, Curator, Aalto University [email protected]
INTERWOVEN – Exploring Materials and Structures
contributions by Maija Fagerlund, Anna-Mari Leppisaari, Kirsi Niinimäki and Aalto ARTS graduates
AaltoARTS Books 2022
Interwoven is a joyous exploration into woven textile design. It dissects woven structures along with the fibers and yarns used to make them, giving exceptional insight into the world of fabrics.
The book outlines how the manifold history of textiles has been intertwined with human innovation from prehistoric twining to the invention of the binary code, through to today's new material discoveries and the urgent quest for sustainability. By investigating the past and present of textiles, and narrating their cross-cultural roles, meanings and influences, Interwoven illustrates how textiles have been used to tell human stories throughout the ages.
The book introduces a new pedagogical method for woven textile design studies, inviting the reader to take a seat at the looms to weave their own stories. Detailed instructions for creating textiles, ranging from fibers and yarns to basic weaves, multi-layered constructions and digital jacquard design, are interspersed by emotionally rich, tactile textile stories by Aalto ARTS design students. The way this book interweaves technical knowledge, artistic expression and storytelling makes it a unique guide on the path to mastering textile design.
"This book weaves the warp of wisdom and the weft of wonder into a fabric of fascinating complexity. Displaying a burst of creativity coupled with a sense of functionality it shows a deep respect for our pummeled planet. From pre-historic constructions to futuristic applications, this book demonstrates
the intelligence of weaving.”
– Lidewij Edelkoort
Interwoven can be purchased in the Aalto Shop in Väre, Otaniementie 14, and online
DIALOGUES – Exhibition and Seminar
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Parsons - The New School,New York
New York Textile Month 2022
DIALOGUES was a transatlantic showcase of creative design work, material solutions and design pedagogy offering a platform for cross-sectoral dialogue on textile futures across borders. The exhibition and seminar took place in New York from November 2nd to 6th as part of the New York Textile Month 2022.
The exhibition presented an interplay between the contemporary textile and fashion design practices by master’s students of Fashion and Textile Design at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland and MFA Textiles Programme at Parsons in the United States. The seminar connected creatives, educators, innovators, and leaders from Finland and the US to reimagine the landscape of tomorrow’s textiles and fashion, driving a shared dialogue spanning over continents and into the future.
The projects from Aalto University included a research-driven project on compression textiles used in healthcare, a study on natural dyes that originate from food waste, and the dialogue between light-emitting technology and textiles, combining material science and traditional weaving.
“Aalto University with its six schools forms a multidisciplinary environment, which sets the scene for the student’s studies. The focus of the curation is on practice-led research and creative future solutions. Textile thinking and studio pedagogy, highlighted by the newly published book Interwoven – Exploring Materials and Structures, stand at the forefront of this exhibition, as they are the base for textile design studies at Aalto. We are delighted to share our textile stories with the MFA Textiles of Parsons in this New York Textile Month event. New innovations for textile futures come from shared passion, creative dialogues and interaction.” notes Maarit Salolainen, head of the Master’s in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design at Aalto University.
DIALOGUES, New York was presented by Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Parsons School of Design, The Consulate General of Finland in New York, The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, Business Finland, and Juni Communication, in collaboration with New York Textile Month.
DIALOGUES Exhibition, New York (US):
November 2-6, 11:00 - 6:00 PM
Opening reception, November 2, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
80 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10007
DIALOGUES Exhibition, Aalto University (FI):
28 November 2022 - 8 February 2023
Opening reception, November 28, 17:00 - 19:00
Aalto University, Dipoli Gallery, Otakaari 24, 02150 Espoo