Contemporary Design

Professor Maarit Mäkelä

Associate Professor, Practice Led Design Research
prof Maarit Mäkelä. Photo Anne Kinnunen
Maarit Mäkelä, working with soil

Maarit Mäkelä is an associate professor of design, especially practice-led design research, and the leader of Contemporary Design programme and EMPIRICA research group. Maarit conducts her own creative practice in the junction of ceramics and fine art. The starting point of her scholarly work is creative practices that takes place in the context of art, craft and design. She is interested in materiality, especially how one’s embodied mind operates during the creative process. She uses documentary and reflective methods for capturing and understanding one’s personal creative process.

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Curating and Storytelling

The students learn to professionalize their ideas, and present their ideas to relevant stakeholders. At the end of the course the student should be capable to present a coherent exhibition and/or catalogue plan that is based on clearly curated narration.

Contemporary Design
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Personal Exploration

The aim of the course is to provide challenging environment for action, where the student is encouraged to experiment his/her ideas related to a given theme with a brave and open-minded attitude.

Contemporary Design

Latest publications

From an Embodied Understanding to Ethical Considerations during Creative Practice

Priska Falin, Petra Falin, Maarit Mäkelä 2023 FormAkademisk

Sensing the Rhythm: Analysing human and non-human movement in a glassblowing process

Kati Sara Sanelma Hulkkonen, Miia Lötjönen, Maarit Mäkelä 2023 FormAkademisk

The possibilities of geopolymers for greener studio ceramics

Johannes Kaarakainen, Priska Falin, Luis Huaman, Maarit Mäkelä, Nathalie Lautenbacher 2023 Nordes 2023: This Space Intentionally Left Blank

Material-led creative processes in the context of design education

Tarja-Kaarina Laamanen, Maarit Mäkelä, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen 2023 Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education

Lasin jäljet

Riikka Latva-Somppi, Maarit Mäkelä, Tzuyu Chen, Åsa Ståhl, Kristina Lindström 2023

Listening to the sociomaterial: When thinking through making extends beyond the individual

Luis Vega, Maarit Mäkelä, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen 2023 Design Studies

Responsibility in/with/for arts and artistic practices

Bilge Aktas, Mira Kallio-Tavin, Maarit Mäkelä 2022 Ruukku Studies in Artistic Research

Glass – hand formed matter

Riikka Latva-Somppi, Maarit Mäkelä, Tzuyu Chen 2022
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