Contemporary Design

Professor Maarit Mäkelä

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

Personal Website: http://empirica.aalto.fi/about-empirica/

Courses

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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.
MUO-E5028

Contemporary Design
Crusade, Pietro Lora

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.
MUO-E5020

Contemporary Design

Latest publications

Encountering soil matters

Maarit Mäkelä, Riikka Latva-Somppi 2022 Designing Change : New Opportunities for Organisations

In dialogue with the environment: The environment, creativity, materials and making

Maarit Mäkelä, Bilge Merve Aktaş 2022 Craft Research

Polttamattoman ja poltetun maan äärellä

Maarit Mäkelä 2022 Pot Viapori

Physiological measurements and emotional experiences of drawing and clay forming

Mimmu Rankanen, Marianne Leinikka, Camilla Groth, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Maarit Mäkelä, Minna Huotilainen 2022 ARTS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY

Practitioners’ Experience in Clay 3D Printing: Metaphorical viewing for gaining embodied understanding

Priska Falin, Nur Horsanali, Flemming Tvede Hansen, Maarit Mäkelä 2021 Proceedings of BICCS 2021 - Biennial International Conference for the Craft Sciences. Special Issue

Entangled Materialities

Riikka Latva-Somppi, Maarit Mäkelä, Kristina Lindström, Åsa Ståhl 2021 FormAkademisk

Särkyvää

Riikka Latva-Somppi, Maarit Mäkelä, Özgü Gündeşlioğlu, Catharina Kajander, Nathalie Lautenbacher, Priska Falin, Helen Felcey, Veera Kulju, Piia Lieste, Matias Karsikas, Tiia Matikainen, Meri Oivo, Matteo Pennacchio, Maria Punkkinen, Outi Savolainen, Caroline Slotte, Katie Spragg, Irma Weckman 2021

Kantava maa (curator)

Nathalie Lautenbacher, Maarit Mäkelä, Outi Turpeinen, Tuuli Saarelainen, Ariane Relander, Piia Jalkanen, Annika Leppäaho 2021

Kantava maa (artist)

Maarit Mäkelä 2021

On the Edge (Artist)

Maarit Mäkelä 2021
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database
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