Aalto: Textiles Tomorrow Summit

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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 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 Talks offer a platform for you to share your knowledge and expertise with us. The Studio Talks and Presentations lead us to peek behind the scenes of tomorrow’s textiles.

Welcome to the Summit!


KEYNOTES: Lidewij Edelkoort and Kirsi Niinimäki

We are looking for further proposals for the educational talks. Take part by sending your tentative topic and presentation proposal (title + 200 words description) to tekstiili@aalto.fi by 15 September 2019.

EXHIBITIONS: Väre Building and Learning Center

BOOK PRESENTATION: Interwoven – Exploring Materials and Structures by Maarit Salolainen + Interwoven exhibition, EMMA

CONTACT: tekstiili@aalto.fi

Facebook: Aalto Textiles


Wednesday 30 OCTOBER, 9h00–16h10, VENUE: Undergraduate Centre, Otakaari 1

9h30      Welcome / Maarit Salolainen, Adjunct Professor in Textile Design

9h35      Keynote I: Going Wild / Lidewij Edelkoort, Dean of Hybrid Design Studies and Associate Provost, Parsons School of Design

10h30    New Materials at Aalto University / Pirjo Kääriäinen, PoP Design Driven Fibre Innovation

11h00    Ioncell / AaltoCHEM, Michael Hummel, Associate Professor in Biopolymer Chemistry and Engineering

11h30    Industrial Insights to Sustainable Textile Materials and Processes / Ihsan Ipeker, MD, Board Member Ipeker Tekstil

12h15    Lunch and mingling (covered by Aalto)

13h30    Keynote II / Kirsi Niinimäki, Associate Professor in Design

14h30    Intervention – What the Hell, Textiles? / Video statements

15h00    Discussion panel / moderator Pirjo Kääriäinen

16h00    Closing statement

Evening Programme, 17h00–21h00,   VENUE: Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA), Ahertajantie 5, Espoo

17h00    Interwoven exhibition visit, EMMA

17h30    Book presentation: Interwoven – Exploring Materials and Structures / Maarit Salolainen

Cocktail dinner, venue Lumière WeeGee (covered by Aalto)

Thursday 31 OCTOBER, 9h00–16h00, VENUE: Väre Building, Otaniementie 14 and Learning Centre, Otaniementie 9

9h00      Parallel sessions – Educational Talks, Aalto University Campus

12h00    Lunch

13h00    Studio Talks and Presentations, Aalto University Campus

Exhibition visits, Väre Building and Learning Centre

Friday 1 NOVEMBER, 9h00–16h00, VENUE: Helsinki Area

Company and Museum visits

(Marimekko factory and store, Lapuan Kankurit store)