Opening up New Textile Futures through Collaborative Rethinking and Remaking
School of Arts, Design and Architecture | B2 Kirjan tai muun kokoomateoksen osa
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AbstractTextile design is a field where art and technology meet. In the broad field of design, textile design is regarded as a special discipline because it requires not only creative skills, but also a deep understanding of production technology. Textile designers use and sometimes even create materials from a molecular level in collaboration with material scientists (e.g., Kääriäinen, Niinimäki, & Lindberg, 2017; Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering, 2015; Smirnova, Ilén, Sixta, Hummel, & Niinimäki, 2016). The textile and clothing industry (including technical textiles) is one of the largest industrial sectors globally, with a huge economic and environmental impact. Textiles are designed for many different purposes, and accordingly textile designers have an important role to play as material experts and interpreters of users’ needs. This is not enough, however. In the future, textile experts will need a complete understanding of the complex system of textile commerce, use, and lifecycle. Textiles are an essential part of our everyday life and will be needed to protect and comfort us even in an increasingly digital future. Textile design education at Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS) has gone through major transformation during the last decade. Recent developments in textile education are based on three key elements: (a) developing a new, effective pedagogy, which has been essential in opening textile design courses to fashion students as well as other design students; (b) building bridges across disciplinary boundaries to enable collaboration between design, science, and engineering disciplines and (c) establishing academic research. By opening up textile design courses to other design fields and disciplines, Aalto ARTS has renewed the presence and importance of textile design, not only in academia but also in society. Knowledge creation in the textile field is more dynamic and collaborative than ever before.
textile design, fashion design, textile pedagogy, textile education, material design, fashion pedagogy, multidisciplinary pedagogy
Niinimäki, Kirsi & Salolainen, Maarit & Kääriäinen, Pirjo. 2018. Opening up New Textile Futures through Collaborative Rethinking and Remaking. CUMULUS THINK TANK, Publication No 3 of Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges in Art, Design and Media, pp. 53-68. ISBN 978-952-60-0084-8 (electronic). ISBN 978-952-60-0083-1 (printed).