Maarit Salolainen
Department of Design

Maarit Salolainen

Adjunct Professor

Contact information

Postal address
Otaniementie 14, 02150 Espoo
Mobile phone
+358504428381
Full researcher profile
https://research.aalto.fi/...

Description

Maarit Salolainen is Adjunct Professor for Textile Design at Aalto University. She is an experienced international textile design professional with passion for bringing textile knowledge to multidisciplinary platforms. Salolainen has been developing higher education studies in the field of textile and surface design, focusing on renewing textile studio pedagogy and linking textiles studies to fashion education. She has been developing experimental pedagogy for multidisciplinary courses exposing engineering students to design processes.

In addition to her academic work, she works globally as a creative director consulting textile manufacturers and interior textile editors. Salolainen's past positions include working as creative director for the Mumbai based Indian mill G.M. Fabrics leading the team of 30 designers in developing new concepts, products and collections for international interior textile editors and brands as well as the in-house brand. Currently Marit Salolainen works as a creative director for the Turkish interior textile mill Vanelli.

In 2014 Salolainen was awarded with the Designer of the Year award by the Finnish Designers association.

Areas of expertise

Textile design Material design Functional textiles Woven fabrics Jacquard fabrics Surface design Textile structures Textile fibres Interior textiles Contract textiles Textile industry Fashion textiles 3D surface design Fashion Printed textiles Embroideries Constructed textiles Experimental pedagogy Multidisciplinary pedagogy Textile and Fashion pedagogy

Honors and awards

Award or honor granted for academic career
Department of Design
Jan 2013

Designers of the year 2013: Textile Designer of the year

Invitation or ranking in competition
Department of Design
Sep 2017

Student prize: Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano are pleased to announce the desicion to give a Special Jury’s Mention in the Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize to Department of Design doctoral candidate Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen. She is a textile design graduate from Aalto. The winner of the prize was Wendy Andreu from Design Academy Eindhoven. Presided over by Dorothy Waxman, the 2017 jury was comprised of Royce Epstein (Mohawk Group), Helen Oji (Eileen Fisher), Paul Makovsky (Metropolis Magazine) and designers Lori Weitzner and Sherri Donghia. <br/><br/>Giving reference to the rain, Hanna-Kaisa’s The House of Rain is a sumptuously-soft range of rugs and cushions in mohair that are a cosy antidote to today’s difficult times. Hanna-Kaisa wanted to see how sketches made with water could be developed into textiles and how sources of inspiration influence the process and the outcome. Her textile’s surface resembles thick, dense fur where original motifs are blurred and almost disappear, because of the richness of the material. When brushed open, the mohair becomes organic and almost animal-like, it even feels warm. Its three-dimensional surface seems active as if it was alive and reaching out.<br/><br/>In addition to Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen Textile design graduates Aamu Salo, Tiina Paavilainen and MA-student Antonina Sedakova from the Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design Programme were among the 15 finalists in the International competition. This year the competition received more than 100 entries from all around the world. <br/><br/>http://www.trendtablet.com/4155-talking-textiles/<br/>

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Design
Dec 2017

Dean's Award: Commmunity Building Outside Own Field <br/>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.

Publications

Department of Design

Creative Director, Vanelli, Turkey

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Design

PatternLab19 surface design collection

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Design

Interwoven - Exploring Materials and Structures

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Design, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Biorefineries

Ioncell gala dress for the First Lady of Finland

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Design

Exotica

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Design

Tekstiili18

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Design

Creative Director GM Fabrics, Mumbai, India

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Design

Opening up New Textile Futures through Collaborative Rethinking and Remaking

Publishing year: 2018 Soft Landing
Department of Design

Montecristo velvet

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Design

Creative Director GM Fabrics, Mumbai, India

Publishing year: 2018