Maarit Salolainen

    • Otaniementie 14, 02150 Espoo

    1995 …2021

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    Artistic and research interests

    Maarit Salolainen is Professor for Textile Design at Aalto University and Head of Master's Programme in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design. She is an experienced international textile design professional with passion for bringing textile knowledge to multidisciplinary platforms. Salolainen has developed higher education studies in the field of textile and surface design, focusing on renewing textile studio pedagogy and linking textiles 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 works as a creative director for the Turkish textile mill Vanelli, leading a team of over 20 designers in developing new concepts, products and collections for international interior textile editors and brands.

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

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

    Education/Academic qualification

    Master's degree, Arts and Design, Helsinki University of Arts and Design

    Award Date: 11 Dec 1992

    External positions

    Creative Director, Vanelli

    1 Jun 2018 → …


    • 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


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    • Evtekstili Yarismasi (Event)

      Maarit Salolainen (Chair)

      10 Aug 202020 Oct 2020

      Activity: Membership typesMembership of a competition jury

    • External Evaluator

      Maarit Salolainen (Advisor)

      4 Jun 2020

      Activity: Consultancy typesAcademic advising

    • Interwoven

      Maarit Salolainen (Member)

      4 Jun 20191 Mar 2020

      Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganization of a workshop, panel, session or tutorial

    • Textiles Tomorrow Summit

      Kirsi Niinimäki (Chair), Pirjo Kääriäinen (Chair), Maarit Salolainen (Chair), Tiina Paavilainen (Organiser), Petra Haikonen (Organiser), Hilkka-Maija Fagerlund (Organiser), Pirita Lauri (Organiser), Anna-Mari Leppisaari (Organiser), Oldouz Moslemian (Organiser), Lidewij Edelkoort (Member), Michael Hummel (Participant), Harri Puputti (Participant), Helena Hyvönen (Participant), Zane Berzina (Participant), Mark Van Vorstenbos (Participant), Kati Miettunen (Participant), Jouni Partanen (Participant), Orlando Rojas Gaona (Participant), Yu Xiao (Participant), Hil Driessen (Participant), Tonje Kristensen Johnstone (Participant), Essi Johanna Glomb (Participant), Marija Jenko (Participant), Preethi Gopinath (Participant), Gabriel Asfour (Participant), Maartje Boer (Participant), Tina Downes (Participant), Beata Hamalwa (Participant), Louise Ravnløkke (Participant), Karen Marie Hasling (Participant), Riikka Räisänen (Participant), Alexia Venot (Participant), Antonin Mongin (Participant), Jenni Fisk (Participant), Mari Nurmenniemi (Participant), Elina Laitinen (Participant), Talisa Dwiyani (Participant), Outi Les Pyy (Participant), Maarit Aakko (Organiser), Marium Durrani (Organiser), Essi Karell (Organiser), Emmi Pakkanen (Organiser), Jenna Ervasti (Organiser), Eeva Suorlahti (Organiser), Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen (Organiser), Tiina Saivo (Organiser) & Helmi Liikanen (Organiser)

      30 Oct 201931 Oct 2019

      Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of a scientific or program committee of a conference or seminar

    • EMMA Talks: Interwoven - Exploring Materials and Structures

      Maarit Salolainen (Invited speaker)

      30 Oct 2019

      Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk