Maarit Salolainen

Maarit Salolainen

Senior University Lecturer
A803 Dept. Design
Senior University Lecturer

Maarit Salolainen is an Adjunct Professor in Textile Design at Aalto University and Head of the MA Major in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design. She is an experienced international textile design professional passionate about bringing textile knowledge to multidisciplinary platforms. Salolainen has developed higher education studies in textile design, focusing on renewing textile studio pedagogy and linking textile studies to fashion education. Furthermore, she has initiated experimental pedagogy in multidisciplinary pedagogical platforms, exposing students from non-design backgrounds to creative artistic processes.

In addition to her academic work, Salolainen works internationally as a creative director consulting textile manufacturers and interior textile editors. Currently, she is a creative director at the Turkish textile mill Vanelli Textile, leading a team of 25 designers to research and develop new concepts, products and collections for international interior textile editors and brands.

In 2014, Salolainen was awarded the Designer of the Year award by the Finnish Designers Association. Her book, Interwoven – Exploring Materials and Structures (AaltoARTS Books 2022), a textbook and guide to mastering textile design, won the International Creative Media Awards gold medal in the category of Educational textbooks.

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Contact information

Postal address
Otaniementie 14 02150 Espoo Finland

Areas of expertise

Textile design, Functional textiles, Interior textiles, Fashion textiles, Textile structures, Textile fibres, Industrial textile Design, Contract textiles, Constructed textile design, Woven fabrics, Jacquard fabrics, Printed textiles, Surface design, Textile and Fashion pedagogy, Experimental pedagogy, Multidisciplinary pedagogy, Creative Direction

Honors and awards

Dean's Award: Commmunity Building Outside Own Field

The idea of Experimental Textile Design, with Maarit Salolainen leading it, is to open textile knowledge to other disciplines. The joint ARTS/ENG course provides an opportunity for design and engineering students to explore experimental design approaches and fabrication processes. A shared learning process combines textile knowledge and an engineering approach renewing both areas. Students develop ideas among peers from different backgrounds through collaboration.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Design Dec 2017

Designers of the year 2014: Textile Designer of the year

Award or honor granted for academic or artistic career Department of Design Jan 2014


Design without borders

Bettina Blomstedt, Zuzana Zmatekova, Maarit Salolainen, Elina Ilen, Sonja Dallyn, Linh Tong, Noora Yau, Konrad Klockars 2022

The Wardrobe of the Future

Elina Ilen, Janne Halme, Farid Elsehrawy, Elina Palovuori, Bettina Blomstedt, Pinja Helasuo, Jaakko Eskola, Zuzana Zmatekova, Linda Wederhorn, Maarit Salolainen 2022

DIALOGUES – Creating New Textile Futures @ NYTM

Maarit Salolainen, Anna-Mari Leppisaari 2022

Sun-powered Textiles

Elina Ilen, Janne Halme, Farid Elsehrawy, Elina Palovuori, Bettina Blomstedt, Pinja Helasuo, Jaakko Eskola, Zuzana Zmatekova, Linda Wederhorn, Maarit Salolainen 2021


Maarit Salolainen 2021

Ioncell gala dress for the First Lady of Finland

Pirjo Kääriäinen, Marja Rissanen, Sanna Hellsten, Herbert Sixta, Pirjo Hirvonen, Maarit Salolainen, Helmi Liikanen, Emma Saarnio, Sari Kivioja, Reetta Myllymäki 2018

Opening up New Textile Futures through Collaborative Rethinking and Remaking

Kirsi Niinimäki, Maarit Salolainen, Pirjo Kääriäinen 2018 Soft Landing

Tekstiili18 Exhibition

Maarit Salolainen, Matilda Palmu 2018

Transforming Fashion Expression through Textile Thinking

Maarit Salolainen, Anna-Mari Leppisaari, Kirsi Niinimäki 2018 Arts

Crossing over Boundaries through Experimental Pedagogy

Maarit Salolainen, Jouni Partanen, Oldouz Moslemian, Eeva Suorlahti, Panu Kiviluoma, Kirsi Niinimäki 2017 REDO


Maarit Salolainen 2017

Tekstiili16 Exhibition

Maarit Salolainen, Milla Lintilä 2016

Begegnung im Licht

Maarit Salolainen 1995