Creative approaches artistic visions, and new technology, – all literally weaved together at the Textile Design Exhibition 2016. This Saturday, while exhausted Finnish sun has hidden behind the clouds, I have attended yet another event under the umbrella of the Aalto Festival: Tekstiili’16, in Turbiinisali at Kaapelitehdas.
The exhibition even though small in scale was memorable through its’ content. It displayed the artistic approaches and achievements of the MA students’ work from the Textile department of Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
Generally, projects at Kaapelitehdas were impressive in their diversity. There were some purely artistic works, like the Barely There by Aura Kajaniemi. Barely There is a series of subtle clothing purely from embroidery. It attracted the viewers’ attention to the shapes of clothing levitating in the air. This work brought the familiar objects to the level of art.
Another great example of an open-minded design approach was a project called “Sketchbook” by Reeta Ek. She complied more than 100 artistic sketches in a book, letting us have a glance into an artist’s mind. Eventually, those sketches served as printed patterns for a cohesive textile collection.
Furthermore, a valuable side of the Tekstiili’16 was the tight collaboration between different design departments. For instance, a team of a textile designer Kajsa Hytönen and a furniture designing duo, Wesley Walters and Salla Luhtasela, developed together an upholstered furniture collection. Putki Series showcases simple yet functional forms, with pleasant upholstery fabric designs. During the collaboration designers gave an extra attention to the production process itself: all the textiles are from natural fibers.
However, I liked the most the result of collaboration between a textile designer Oldouz Moslemian and an architect Martin Genet. They developed a set of futuristic textiles “Performative Compositions”. Textiles were created through 3D printing and compound design methodologies. Joined multi-disciplinary work, I believe, is a great source of creativity and innovation. Let’s value the differences between us and let’s put them to a good use!
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